The wrong economic model
Our economy is based upon unlimited growth. New people move into the area, more businesses open, we build more roads and there is really no end in sight. That is the problem with the unlimited growth model: We don’t look at the end result. The earth is a closed ecosystem, you know, like those terrariums you made in high school. The total amounts of elements are fixed. The earth isn’t getting bigger. The only addition of new material is when we...
Headstones, string beans and the Pope
Last week, the Pope shocked the world with his lack of common sense, human sensitivities and inhumane remarks about the prevention of HIV and AIDS. First lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the first organic victory garden at the White House. The new victory garden reminded me of our neighborhood victory garden during World War II. The Pope’s remark reminded me why I always questioned his infallibility. Eleanor Roosevelt had a victory garden d...
Teaching you a few harsh realities about budget
As the Nevada State Legislature and the governor are working very hard to balance the state budget by cutting teachers salaries, let me, the Knight Savior of Teacher Compensation, come to the rescue. To do so, a brief history of teaching is in order. Teaching was a function of the church in Medieval times and later evolved into womens work and as far as pay; it’s still either women’s work or “a second income” generator. All of which is just a ...
Battle over budget critical
At its core, the question is whether, like Rush Limbaugh, you want President Obama to fail for partisan reasons in his ambitious plan to remake government and thereby the future of American society.
Sparks ‘festival’ brand: The case of stolen identity?
As reported on June 19, 2008, Roger Brooks of Destination Development International presented ideas for future marketing of Sparks to local business leaders and Sparks city officials. He said DDI has conducted assessments for branding and marketing on 49 other communities in Nevada. I didn’t know we had 49 communities in Nevada large enough for marketing. He probably included such large populated areas like Roach, Tempiute, Hiko, Alamo, Pioche...
Have kids wade in water, not destroy facilities
School is about to be out for the summer and the kids will be looking for things to do with their time while they are off from school. If the local governments have their way, most of the swimming pools in the area will either be shut down or very limited in their hours of operation. That sounds like a good fiscal policy to follow if you’re a bean counter, but try and square that with a kid and it’ll sink like a rock in the deep blue sea. When...
Dick Cheney’s death squad
Seymore Hersh, the investigative reporter who exposed My Lai and Abu Ghraib, has recently reported that former Vice President Dick Cheney had his own death squads. The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) was a special branch of the special operations community that operated outside of normal channels. During the Bush administration they reported directly to Cheney’s office. This hit squad did not have any oversight by the chairman of the j...
Dorothy Day: diaries of a saint
David O’Brien wrote in the Catholic magazine Commonweal that Dorothy Day was “the most significant, interesting and influential person in the history of American Catholicism.”
Our times are measured in change, and the changes are often represented in fashion.
Sparks City Hall: Swindling the RSCVA or lying by omission?
Last week, the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor’s Authority notified the City of Sparks it had overpaid the city more than $436,000 over the last three years. It seems RSCVA officials made a genuine mistake; I don’t think they intentionally gave their money away to Sparks. But it also seems as if Sparks government made a dishonest decision in accepting the overpayment. On May 30, 1999, SB477 gave Sparks the authority to increase its room tax...