An unforgettable icy plane ride
With the tragedy of the crash of the commuter airliner near Buffalo, New York still fresh in our minds, I feel compelled to tell of my experience with aircraft icing conditions.
100 years of enduring lessons
The Sparks Tribune has been in existence for 100 years. That means this little newspaper has seen two world wars, the progression from horse and buggy to hybrid vehicle, the expansion of communication from slow-moving signals over wires to instantaneous messaging across the globe via satellite signals, and much more.
Obama’s plan: Coxey’s army returns
How original is Obama’s new plan to save the economy? And where does that magic $800 billion come from? I have an excellent series of American history books published by Yale University in 1928 called “The Pageant of America.” History has a remarkable way of repeating itself and, as you will see, not much really changes with the exception of how it is perceived. In 1893 we had a major recession, with unemployment reaching 20 percent across the...
Taxing the rich in the time of the poor
When Jimmy Carter was President, the elite rich tax bracket was at 70 percent. What that meant was that when someone made several million dollars, the last few million were taxed at 70 percent and they got to keep 30 percent. The average workers tax rate was close to what it is now, about 28 percent. All that changed with President Ronald Reagan. He first lowered the top tax bracket to 50 percent and by the end of his second term it was down t...
Flying hot rods: Invisible moths from outer space?
I just happened to catch one of History Channel’s “Monster Quest” episodes about a UFO they called “flying rods.” They appear to be both flat and cylindrical while soaring high in the sky like a miniature rocket from outer space. They fly through the air using three sets of opposing wings or fins resembling a cuttlefish and range in size from 6 inches to 3 feet long. They can turn on a dime and travel at such high speeds they are not visible t...
Looking east for Nevada’s water
Nevada always worries that it will get enough water throughout the winter so that everything from wildlife to water sports will have enough water for the coming summer and fall. Every year without fail, those worries are expressed in one way or another. There is a solution to Nevada’s water worries and the rest of the water-weary world for that matter albeit an expensive solution, but since President Barack Obama is throwing around billions an...
Columnist diversifies, turns food critic
Las Trojes, owned and operated by Juan Vasquez since 1994 in the Smith’s shopping center across from Reed High School, has expanded to a second location, at the new shopping center at Los Altos and Sparks Boulevard.
From Lincoln to Obama
“The great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night / I mourn’d and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.”