Since health care has become one of the hot-button issues on our national list of priority problems that we refuse to address in a realistic manner, it behooves us to examine the root causes of our medical shortcomings.
Health Week can mean many things
Happy late Mother’s Day to all those hard-working women out there. Apparently, the nation has devised a plan to devote an entire week, thanks to Mother’s Day, to National Women’s Health Week, themed this year as “It’s Your Time.” Not many news releases have the ability to give me a chuckle during the work day like this one did when it came across my desk. As I read through it, questions piled up as high as when I used to make grilled-cheese s...
Everybody has the same right to get married
President Obama recently stated that he favors marriage between same-sex partners. He made that announcement the day after North Carolina voters had voted in favor of banning such unions. Political pundits say the president made his statement only after Vice President Joe Biden had also said that he favored same-sex marriages. Politics is definitely at play in this situation, but the fact remains that same-sex marriages are in the political sp...
Girl Scouts at war with Vatican
As if the Catholic Church doesn’t have enough problems cleaning up after the deviant sexual behavior of its apostles, the Vatican has now put its anointed lily-white hands in the cookie jar of the Girl Scouts of America. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon assembled 18 girls in her Savannah, Ga. home for the first local Girl Scouts meeting in the United States. Gordon believed all girls should have the opportunity to develop spiritually, ment...
A horse is a horse
Driving home from Pyramid Lake on Thursday, I spied a lone horse wandering through the desert scrub along the side of the road.
Hobos, hypocrisy and ‘goodbye Joe’
It was one of those dog-days of summer. Good Humor bells clattered throughout the neighborhood announcing their coming and some of the kids were lining up on the corner with anticipation and money in hand. I sat on my front stoop listening to a Brooklyn Dodgers game. Eddie Stanky had just hit his first and only home run of the 1945 season when I heard the sound of kids chasing a strange-looking man down the street. The man decided to make his ...
Make the most of your toaster
We were moving in three weeks and items were slowly being sold off one by one. The first real, bittersweet casualty was the toaster — that magical device that gave our rushed mornings so many easy breakfasts and our bread a golden hue. OK, maybe I am over-romanticizing the toaster. But being forced to fit your life into four suitcases can do funny things to a person. After two years studying abroad, it is time to return to the USA. For 730 day...
Big Love For The Small Town
The combination of Luke Bryan’s stellar show last week and the themes being presented in my American Western Literature class at the University of Nevada have me on a country music binge. Being from Tonopah, a small town with plenty of desert terrain, I can place myself in almost every country song about backroads and open space. Two of them being overplayed on the radio right now are “Dirt Road Anthem” and “Fly Over States” by Jason Aldean, w...
Playing Dixieland: The shell game continues
When Washoe County’s high school graduation rate skyrocketed from 56 to 70 percent in two years, eyebrows were raised locally and nationally but not in local media — until this column of April 22, excerpted by Dennis Myers in the April 26 Reno News & Review.