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Sen. Lee sleeps with the fishes
State Sen. John Lee made voters an offer they couldn’t refuse — except they did.
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County reminds workers to be safe
The National Safety Council, along with the Washoe County Health District, has designated June as National Safety Month, asking everyone to everyone get involved. The county is asking its citizens to become involved in focusing on keeping safe at home and at work, Health Officer Joseph Iser said. “Because the summer season is traditionally a time of increased accidental injuries and fatalities, it’s an appropriate time to focus attention on in...
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Time to revise the Pledge of Allegiance
High school graduation parties are usually celebrations rewarding hard work and academic achievement. It’s a time for reminiscing about fun times with classmates, building hopes and dreams for the future and an opportunity to meet long-lost friends and relatives we haven’t seen for years. For me, last Saturday was no exception. I visited with a friend from India I haven’t seen for a few years. We met during a political forum about five years a...
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Get off your butt and vote!
Today is Election Day. Actually, it is Nevada’s primary election day. You need to get up off your backside and get down to your local precinct and vote. The election workers have been at work for hours by the time you get to your polling place. Be sure to take your sample ballot with you when you go to vote so as to expedite the process, but if you’ve already used it to line your garbage can, the efficient polling place workers will be able to...
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Political ad messages muddy at all levels
Hide your television sets, mailboxes and radios: It’s political advertising season once again! No person or device is safe from the onslaught of mud slinging, name dropping or reputation ruining that makes our American system of government great. Reaching the large audiences needed to win even local elections these days is a daunting and expensive task. Hence, the need to raise large amounts of cash to pay for sending messages over the air, on...
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Speak Up, Nevada
Since Nevada is an early-caucus state, our time to make our opinions heard about the presidential candidates has long since come and gone. We already voted to nominate Obama and Romney so you might as well stay home on Election Day, right? Why bother slogging over to your polling place to cast your vote when there aren’t any of the really big races being contested? Simple. The rest of the candidates on the ballot need your vote. Presidential e...
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The Rocking Ghosts of Delmar Station
Believe it or else, the recent news about heartless NFL owners and horny Secret Service agents brought back fond memories of this area’s first fern bar, a Cheers long before the TV series. In the fall of 1975, the Shea family started Delmar Station at S. Virginia and St. Lawrence, a block south of the Ponderosa Hotel at the site of a former darkened dive called the Peppermint Lounge. Delmar was a hit from day one, catering to a young crowd and...
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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...
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Tennis At Tahoe
Spencer Remembers
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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...
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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...
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Tales of Nevada’s futures passed
Travus T. Hipp’s Silver City memorial service was peopled by “faces that could have lived a hundred years ago or a hundred years from now.
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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.
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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.
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Lauren Scott for Assembly
No matter how much they tell you differently, politicians are all pretty much the same.
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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...
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Soldiers made America better, and so should we
'We should all pray for a day when we can thank these fallen soldiers for saving us from ever needing to add any more to their ranks.'
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Help us to enhance economy
There is a renewed effort on economic development and diversification efforts at every level of government in Nevada these days.
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Let’s jump down a ‘well’
It isn’t often you get to read the final words of a person’s life, but that is what I was able to do last week.
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