Stories show US inhumanity
At the risk of raising the wrath of bloggers who say if I don’t like it here I should move to China, I must declare again that American exceptionalism is another myth refusing to die. The truth is that America so often is a terrible country. It is inhumane, as the following stories illustrate. The first is about a Florida woman who fired a bullet into the wall of her living room in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening...
In Sparks We Trust
We have all heard those stories — perhaps even experienced one ourselves — about people we idolize or admire turning out to be far less than the people we hoped they would be. Whether they are stars on the silver screen or heroes in the sporting world we hope that when their personalities are revealed they do not disappoint us. Unfortunately, they can turn out to be snide or rude, leaving you disgusted at yourself for believing the opposite wa...
Reed: High on uniforms
In 2008, Sparks Middle School was the first middle school to initiate a uniform dress code in Washoe County. Starting this fall, Reed High School in Sparks will be the first high school in the county to require a similar dress code. And it’s about time. Mary Vesco, Reed’s principal for the last 12 years, said she has been looking into the possibility for five years. I wonder what took her so long to figure out something needed to be done to te...
Let sleeping laws lie
This week I watched a documentary on Timothy McVeigh, the “American terrorist” who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
The education bubble and the charisma gap
Now that victory has been achieved over the Washoe County high school graduation rate, it is not too early to erect a bronze statue of Heath Morrison, a bureaucrat of tremendous charisma and tremendous talent for the clever use of Arabic numerals.
A Farewell Toast to Mrs. E.
Thirty years ago, Laurie Edgington (Mrs. E.) began her teaching career in Washoe County. For 29 of those years, she taught first-grade students at Florence Drake Elementary School in Sparks. This year, she is retiring from her dedicated service to primary education to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Florence Drake School will never be the same without her. Great teachers are not born between the pages of knowledge, whims of adm...
NATO outdated, Obama militarist
Ministers from 28 nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization held a summit meeting in Chicago last week, triumphantly proclaiming the status quo and proving NATO’s irrelevance.
My new life of independence — with the full support of my mo...
Graduation: the beginning of independence. I’m told that now I am entering the real world of punching time clocks and eight-hour shifts — a lifestyle that I am supposed to hate. I am moving on to real life. What I was not told about independence is how proud I would be to look back on the many years of stability my parents provided me. I won’t ever be able to say that I made it through college on my own, or that I struggled to find support in ...
The gay man who changed my life
One quality of youth is the feeling that we can do anything and everything. As age sets in, we realize just how fragile life really is. We also recognize milestones in our lives that are sometimes taken for granted during the course of our everyday race towards infinity. Unlike graduating from college, marriage, children and family, life-changing events can be subtle and unexplainable. One of the most important hours in my life was on a summer...