Sitting ducks in Sparks as storks stalk Carson
A lot of construction contractors got stiffed on the original Sparks Marina mess. Since then, the traveling salesmen responsible have put a proposed Imax theater out to bid a bunch of times. Insiders viewed it as a shuck to stir up financing through publicity. Some companies won't bid Marina projects anymore because the phonies have burned them too many times. It costs lots of money to prepare major construction proposals. The suede-shoes have...
Weekend Stirs Olympic Memories
A week ago Sunday was a sports fan’s delight. You had a choice between the NCAA Tournament, the PGA tournament in Florida, the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, Collegiate Boxing Championships in Reno and the National Skiing Championships at nearby Squaw Valley. Of all those events, the one at Squaw Valley brought back the greatest memories. According to the fine book about those 1960 Olympic Games, written by David C. Antonucci, they had less than a...
Staunch Republicans should embrace same-sex
After all these years conservative Republicans are still confused about their agenda and political platform. A good example is their opposition to same-sex marriage. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard the state of California defending proposition 8, a state ballot prohibiting gay marriage. Chief U.S. district judge Vaughn Walker overturned the new law saying the state had no constitutional right to exclude gays and lesbians from being lega...
A terrible legacy left by U.S. war in Iraq
Everyone knows that the United States is the mightiest nation in the world. Few realize it is also the cruelest. Begin with American-imposed economic sanctions on Iraq, depriving families of vital medicines. Then it invaded, its “shock and awe” killing, destroying and crippling Iraq. After 10 years of war it decamped, leaving a frightful legacy of death, destruction and despair. On the 10th anniversary of that war, America is left with the sha...
Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
What are the poor taxpayers to do? They got raped and pillaged for years by lagging assessments and preferential tax breaks for the chosen few. Now that property taxes are low, state and local governments are falling apart. What to do? The first step is for someone to say you can't have your cake and eat it, too. The time has come to make some hard decisions that go to the core of Nevada life as we know it. Perhaps anyone currently raising a f...
Benghazi fires still burning
What was almost a dead issue – the Benghazi affair – has suddenly burst into flame again due to new revelations. The more than six-month old incident, which the Obama administration has consistently tried to cover up, was brought to the forefront when it was learned that there were 30 plus survivors of the infamous attack. The survivors have been kept under wraps in this country and have not been available to questions from lawmakers or the pr...
The Easter Bunny isn’t a rabbit
Easter Sunday is one of those special days when symbolism, faith, superstition and families join together to share eternal optimism, spiritual healing and valued tradition. Maybe it’s the combination of good food, visiting with family and friends or just watching the kid’s searching for Easter eggs, it is always a great day. It seems, as I get older every day has a little more meaning and I'm sure this Easter Sunday will be no exception. But w...
Sandoval, César Chávez and the Grateful Dead
"When your children and grandchildren take their place in America, going to high school and college and taking good jobs at good pay - when you look at them, you will say, 'I did this. I was there, at the point of difficulty and danger'. And though you may be old and bent from many years of labor, no man will stand taller than you when you say, 'I marched with César'." -- Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Almost half a century has passed since RFK utt...
Chavez: one of history’s great revolutionaries
America’s corporate media treated the recent death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez with the good riddance sigh of the sudden disappearance of the black plague. The major U.S. media, owned by six corporations, constantly misinformed and vilified him. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research pointed out that “media reporting was effective in convincing most Americans that Venezuela was a ruinous dictatorship.” Incredibly,...
Last Supper shows universal genius of Leonardo
LEONARDO AND ‘THE LAST SUPPER’ By Ross King Walker & Company, 275 pages, 2012 “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is the most famous painting in the world. It has been copied in many ways among, them oil on canvas, paint on wood, on molded terra cotta and on marble. It stars in wax museums and hangs in countless homes. “Over the centuries it has been depicted in illuminated manuscripts, carved in ivory and on stone and woven into tapestries...
Papa Francisco Primero: !Viva La Revolución!
Network TV commentators have only gingerly shot around the edges as to what the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio can mean to Catholics, ex-Catholics, recovering Catholics (Sinead O’Connor, call your office) and the world at large. Herewith, my humble comments, informed in my youth by the hard-assed Christian Brothers (only occasionally with their wine) and the Sisters of the Holy Cross I didn’t become editor of my high scho...
Abortion: Killing our children
The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 (Roe v Wade) to legalize the right of women to have an abortion has led to philosophical debate, moral indignation, religious opposition, mystical rationalization and political rhetoric.
Petition pandering: Just Say No, a Nevada tradition
Nevada Democratic lawmakers have a historic opportunity to join their Republican colleagues in the kind of bipartisanship that always pays political dividends. In the grandest tradition of GOP grand dames Nancy Reagan and Barbara Vucanovich, they can just say no. Nevada has already promulgated a presumably successful campaign, implementing that time-honored approach to public policy. The Nevada State Division of Health, probably with (gasp!) O...