Velma Bishop: Mom is gone
She had no idea when she signed on to manage the headquarters of a long-ago congressional campaign that she would also become house mother to both a fraternity and a sorority.
My professional graduation day is here
I’ll consider this Thursday a commencement of sorts. My imaginary cap and gown will likely be a lunch or some brief office gathering with colleagues who truly have become friends and family. My diploma will be a few last-minute copies of the Sparks Tribune in which are printed some of my favorite stories from 2009 and 2010. But at the end of the day, my desk will be emptied of all my reporter’s swag — my coveted Associated Press stylebook, my ...
Politics gone to the dogs
The extremes and divisiveness in politics have never been more evident than in this year’s political campaign. The socialist left hand of the Obama, Reid and Pelosi agenda effectively have cut off the right wing of ultra conservatives from the governmental body of common sense and bipartisanship. The results of this November’s election might create an even larger gap between ideologies if moderate Republicans and Democrats from both sides of t...
For those of us lucky to be at the right place during the wrong times of the 1960s, life was a series of adventures.
UNR needs to learn a new (drinking) game
It’s a familiar game that’s popular with college students and hard partiers alike: Every time a specific phrase, event or thing happens, take a shot of vodka, rum, gin or other liquor of choice. In the case of Nevada football game attendees, the game has been modified: Every time the team suits up, chug a keg — or two. This new and utterly disappointing game was demonstrated in all its glory Friday night when the University of Nevada, Reno’s W...
Students need to see the world they learn about
I’m a real supporter of field trips for school children of all ages. As a teacher for 30 years in Washoe County schools, I’ve seen the pendulum swing from one extreme to another when it comes to the top administration’s regard for the value of field trips in any form for students. My experience was mostly with at-risk students. Many of these students had moved from one school to another within the Washoe County School District numerous times w...
Republicans: mice with human brains?
The divide and conquer strategy is becoming more evident in the arena of cesspool politics, leaching its way across our divided nation of common sense and rhetorical intellect. Last week’s Delaware primary demonstrated the Democrats’ successful implementation of Carl Rove’s schematic for political success. They’ve divided the Republicans into “wacky wingnuts” on one side and good-intentioned conservatives on the other. Christine O’Donnell won ...
Rory, Rory, quite contrary
The brown hills of the High Desert Outback of the American Dream are littered with the bones of popular local officials who ran statewide and lost.
Three cheers for volunteers
We’ve all just had a tremendous experience in seeing more than 100 balloons ascend into the clear Nevada sky at dawn last weekend. What an experience that was. This weekend we’ll experience another spectacle of immense proportions: the Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show. Two weeks ago we all pigged out on the best ribs in the world. A month ago we all “oohed” and “ahhed” at the sight of an endless parade of vintage autos cruisin...