When life and MySpace collide
Little Caesar’s Pizza as a junior in high school — I remember going for the interview wearing a maroon shirt and tie with a black vest. Maybe I was a little overdressed for the occasion, considering the woman who interviewed me was wearing a ratty green apron covered in flour, but to me it was important to look impressive for the momentous occasion in my young life. Since that first attempt at employment, which was successful, by the way, I ha...
Futuristic prediction is, at best, a tricky business, particularly in the case of political punditry focused on the promised progress of civilization under American tutelage.
Land of the free?
That’s what we are, the land of the free. Actually, we started out as the land-of-the-free, white European immigrants but we have finally gotten around to freeing everyone. It took us more than 150 years but now (at least in theory) we are all free. What confuses me is how we can be the land of the free when we have new residents of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the dozens of other foreign nationals that we have sent to secret prisons in Eastern Eu...
Reflections of true American heroes
It is not every week you get to interview a man who sank an aircraft carrier, another who parachuted into France on D-Day, and another who listened, while a cadet at West Point in 1962, to Gen. Douglas McArthur’s famous farewell address, “Duty, Honor, Country.”
Editors reveal pro-McCain bias
A vignette out of Washington, D.C., recently reveals one of the many problems of the press: Newspaper editors at an Associated Press luncheon gave John McCain a standing ovation.
Petition oblivion and snow in hell
I don’t have enough space to even run a checklist of all the tax increase questions that may appear on this November’s ballot, but I will relay a warning I learned from an old car salesman: Confuse your buyer, lose the sale.
We have more water than we’ll ever use
The local debate concerning water and growth is on the move again. Two petitions are going to be circulated asking the voters to approve a common sense plan for “sustainable” growth. One petition is opposed to water importation and the other addresses future land annexation.
The impact of high gas prices
I remember thinking not too long ago that it would be years before we would hit four dollars a gallon for gas. Well, I was wrong. We seemed to fly right through two dollars a gallon into the high threes and now into the realm of four dollars per gallon.
Don’t bump your subhead
Since I started writing a weekly column last summer, I have always managed to stick to a single topic each week. It’s not an easy task, let me tell you.
Bosses need ethics, not ‘J’ students
Idealistic students at the University of Nevada, Reno, have developed an ethical pledge that all journalism graduates will be asked to sign. The key part of the oath is to “uphold and apply the highest standards of integrity and ethics.”
Ponies, pimps and politicians
The thing about politics is nothing is ever really settled. The battles of yesterday in whatever cause will be re-fought again and again as long as the original issues exist, and the price of liberty, or any other political good, is eternal vigilance.