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That championship season
This year, as in most years, when the NCAA basketball championship game is over I always think back to the championship season my high school basketball team had in 1944.
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Send RSCVA to the ‘Chamber’
An “overhaul” or elimination of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) is right on target and long overdue.
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Make school pay by paying for it
The current session of the Nevada Legislature seems to come under the theme of Hand-Wringing 101.
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Making money for education
Gov. Sandoval said he will not raise taxes to generate the funds Nevada needs for education. He wants everyone to focus on cuts. Sounds a lot like Gov. Gibbons. Hopefully Sandoval won’t make all the same mistakes, but he is off to a bad start. There are several options to raise money for education in Nevada but it requires creative thinking, not just business as usual. Here are just a few ideas: Legalize marijuana: People would flock to Nevada...
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A Walk with the Giants
Last Thursday’s César Chávez celebration at Circus Circus was not outstanding for the presence of all those workers and officeholders. The fun part came when we inducted three union giants into the César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame and not one saw it coming. As we moved to the presentations, I faked a microphone problem and called an electrician to the stage. Al Davis (no, not the meanest guy in pro football) from Electrical Workers Local...
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Housekeeping for survival
Despite the slowly improving economic indicators, millions of Americans are forced to change, drastically, their lifestyles, seldom for the better. Most obvious victims of the current downturn are the foreclosed home owners who have either already lost their house to the bank or are caught in a home worth a lot less than they owe on their mortgages. If they are lucky enough to still have a job, the burden of keeping the family sheltered is bru...
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War yesterday, today and forever
So much for the “Audacity of Hope.” President Obama has the audacity to start another war while offering the same hopelessness as his predecessor G.W. Bush. Bush was a crass frat boy from Texas. Obama is an intelligent, sophisticated constitutional lawyer from Illinois. But their policy difference is almost nil. It must be the air in the White House. Obama’s warmongering is couched in less bellicose terms than Bush used but it is still warmong...
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Time to say buy, buy
There are a couple of stereotypes associated with auctions. One is an old man in some kind of cowboy hat talking in a hick accent at supersonic speed asking a crowd of hillbillies to outbid each other for a rusty tin can. The other stereotype also involves an old man auctioneer only this time he speaks with a British accent, wears a tuxedo and stands in a fancy room asking a bunch of snooty rich people to outbid each other for priceless art. S...
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Pay Issue Comes Back to Bite City
This week’s action by the City Council regarding increases in pay and pay ranges for certain employees is troubling for several reasons. First, the city is unloading responsibility for a mess it created on taxpayers. When cuts were needed in previous years, leaders such as the police and fire chiefs were forced to take reductions in pay while officers and firefighters were able to take part of their cuts in the form of nonwage concessions – cu...
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Hot August ‘Fights’ Move Indoors
Several years ago, Reno’s premiere special event, Hot August Nights, suffered some embarrassment when confrontations broke out at some of its outdoor venues.
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Obama Doctrine: Kill for humanitarian purposes
The political and military game for power in North Africa and the Middle East has finally reached the point of actually uniting the members of the Arab world in their struggle for human rights, independence and democracy. President Obama’s decision to take sides and declare war on Moammar Gadhafi will pave the way for short-term chaos and long-term Arab unity against the West and its allies. Obama was quick to take advantage of the Libyan peop...
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US can, should engage Libya
President Obama did the right thing in entering into an effort to create a no-fly zone over Libya in conjunction with our NATO allies, rather than entering into that effort on our own. We can ill afford to stand by and allow a country’s leader to brazenly announce that he is going to kill his fellow countrymen when they decide they need a change in their country’s leadership. It also is good that the leadership for the creation of the no-fly z...
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An ode to our fallibility
I awake most days and see the world shimmering with mystery, rotating on an axis of complexity and nuance. And yet many people I know see things differently, viewing life instead through the stark hues of black and white. Everything is determined in their world, laid out in plain view. There is right and there is wrong — no room for better and worse. In the rare instance that confusion lingers, they begin to look for patterns that will light t...
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César Chávez, Dr. King and the kids are alright
Last Monday came what historian Guy Louis Rocha called the biggest demonstration ever to hit the state capitol grounds. It was comprised largely of college students from all over Nevada. Many of the latter day freedom riders rode up from Gomorrah South on buses, texting and tweeting lawmakers all the way. The estimated 1,500 surpassed a 2009 Tea Party rally which drew about a thousand. I was still left wondering if all the recent demonstration...
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Time to go topless
Will somebody please make winter go away? There are several reasons I want Mother Nature to turn up the heat. First of all, despite living here for nearly four years now, my blood is still very thin. Even though I have learned to appreciate the “warmth” of a 50-degree day, that doesn’t mean I like it. That’s still cold. Second, I have not and likely never will play in the snow. No skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding or slaloming. I hav...
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The dark side
Fashion is the most personal expression of both the individual and collective  mood of the people. We wear what we are, from the kilts of Scotland to the expressively shapeless French beret. America, with our opportunistic fashion industry, is particularly subject to changing styles to match the national psyche. From the nihilist beatnik chic of old army field jackets and black turtlenecks, (with black leotards and heavy eye shadow for the pal...
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Views on Illegal Immigration
It’s hard to imagine two more different sheriffs than Nye County’s Tony DeMeo and Maricopa County, Ariz., law boss Joe Arpaio. Outside Pahrump, you probably haven’t heard much about DeMeo. But he made headlines last week by calling out Nye County tax assessor Shirley Matson for her racially charged comments about Latino construction workers. She wrote in an e-mail, “My staff, me, taxpayers coming to our offices, other town and county employees...
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Nuclear evils to persist — alas
The earthquake and tsunami that devasted Japan recently raised two pertinent questions: • Should nations destroy their nuclear weapons? • Should nations stop producing nuclear energy? The answer to both questions is yes. But the reality is that those twin evils are unlikely to be eradicated. A nuclear apocalypse is unthinkable. The resultant nuclear winter would make the “winner” of any nuclear war a loser too. The dangers of nuclear power wer...
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Where do we go when we die? The Nugget
The passing of an old friend last week reminded me of life’s frailties, unexpected tragedies and the ultimate destination of our journey through the hallowed walls of awareness. It provoked memories of my own personal losses to the Grim Reaper over the years, and it rekindled my childhood curiosity of what awaits us beyond the anxieties of life. When I was about 5 years old, I had a pet pigeon. Mom named him Parvenu. The city was full of pigeo...
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Winning in entrepreneurial America
As reported recently by this newspaper, the unemployment rate in the Reno-Sparks area dropped from 13.8 percent in December to 13.3 percent in January. Has the downturn turned into an upturn for 2011? Charlie Sheen might say, “Winning … Duh!” Easy there, Tiger Blood. The article went on to explain that the improved numbers have less to do with a better labor market than they do with local Nevadans “dropping out of the workforce.” Which, of cou...
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