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Pollyanna and Hillary at Sparks City Hall
Ms. Leslie was addressing a group of human services activists about Gov. Jim the Dim's draconian budget cuts, which will result in minor impacts like premature deaths. The mayor was delivering a virtuoso rendition of the old silver lining tune — gushing over the refreshing sprinkler waters while the house burns down.
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State of the City breakdown: Take two
I like to think that we at the Tribune don’t need to call “do-over” very often, but I’m calling it today. On Wednesday, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini delivered his State of the City speech, which I dutifully attended. When I got back to the office, I decided to reproduce the speech verbatim and then write an opinionated analysis of it instead of a straight news story.
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Scourge of Bush leaves lasting stain
At the height of the newspaper wars between the Jeffersonian republicans and the Federalists, the Philadelphia Aurora excoriated Federalist President Washington.
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Castro: a benevolent dictator?
When Fidel Castro stepped away from his leadership role in the ongoing Cuban revolution against democracy, it reminded me of my past experiences in Miami.
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Mortgage woes keep sinking
The mortgage mess still seems to be the Grinch that is chasing the downturn in our economy to worsen even more. The economy downturn is, to me at least, like a submarine whose diving planes have irretrievably gone into a disastrous angle of attack. Let me explain.
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Democratic convention may have eliminated apathy
I attended the Washoe County Democratic Party convention on Saturday and I was very impressed. About 2,000 Democrats filled up the Reno Events Center. Everyone was there to support their candidate, be it Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. But what really impressed me was not just how many people were there but who they were.
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The wages of sin
Pardon my preaching, but is it not time to address the moral depravity of the United States of America?
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Bad credit? Foreclose! Bad taste? Foreclose!
Americans talk a lot about the pride of home ownership. It was important to our country’s founders (they even made it a requirement to vote) and it is safe to say it has been important to people since the first of us crawled forth from the muck, looked at our fellow Homo sapiens and said, “I’m better than you.”
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‘Link Piazzo Day’
Feb. 15, was a special day in northern Nevada this year as Mayor Bob Cashell of Reno issued a proclamation proclaiming it “Link Piazzo” Day.
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Chomsky shunned by so-called liberal media
Terrorist regime. Rogue state. Evil empire. The terms America routinely apply to other nations fit the United States perfectly.
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Armageddon? Bring it on!
One of the more interesting conspiracy theories holds that the apocalyptic Christian right wing in this country, (the Fallwell/ Robertson fringe), are dedicated to supporting Israel in a war to end all wars, the biblically promised Armageddon, following which will come the anti-Christ and the Rapture, which will raise the righteous to heaven, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves in a thousand years of peace.
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The Whittemore machine: How deep does it go?
The kangaroo court had its session and, in fine Star Chamber fashion, the king’s side won.
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Will Reno ever be the same?
Recently, Reno was given a horrible crime to deal with. That was the apparent kidnap, sexual assault and murder of Brianna Denison. Although horrible beyond belief, the crime has caused a cohesiveness to evolve among the people of the Reno area that has not been seen since the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
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A living wage
Recently there was a lot of fanfare about the minimum wage going up to $6.55 per hour. That’s better then where it was at $5.85 per hour and next July it will go up to a new high of $7.25 per hour. A person’s monthly wage at the highest rate would come to about $1,275 per month before taxes.
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The garden of friendship
It’s that time of the year again. The mornings are cool, the afternoons are starting to show signs of the long awaited spring and I get to visit a long-time friend, Tony, at the nursing home.
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No, it's mine...
As a newspaper editor, the First Amendment is naturally very important to me. Important? Sacred might be more like it.
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Rats, fat cats and Olympic Kool-Aid
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sometimes I hate it when I’m right.
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And then...
There are times when change is in the wind and the gusts come from many directions at once. Things can go any of several ways, and there is no telling which is best or safe. This is one of those moments in history that will set the course of our nation, and thereby impact much of the rest of the world. However it turns out, the politics of the ’08 election in America will decide the power profile in Washington for both parties, probably for th...
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Schweitzer’s ethical view of reverence for life
I have long been a disciple of the Schweitzerian principle of reverence for life. I catch flies inside the house and release them outside. (Although admittedly I reflexively slap at biting mosquitoes.) The Schweitzer autobiography, “Out of My Life and Thought,” explains the ethics behind his principle: “A man is ethical only when life as such is sacred to him — the life of plants and animals as well as that of his fellow man.” Schweitzer calls...
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A sweetheart deal for your sweetheart
Today is the final day for “Autoshow 2008” at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on South Virginia Street. This year’s show carried a Valentine’s theme due to its proximity to the Feb. 14 annual romantic celebration. In addition to showing the best in new vehicles from the area dealers that sponsor the show, this year’s admission charge of $4 will go in its entirety to three of the local area’s major charities: the Autism Coalition of Nevada, t...
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