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We can’t stand the truth
American society has been lying to itself about nearly every aspect of our history.
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Retirement: IRA or Social Security?
There’s no doubt the rest of this year’s presidential campaign will focus on rhetoric concerning our fallen economy.
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Health care: A right or a privilege?
In the United States do you have a right to health care or is it a privilege? If it is a right, that means as soon as you are born you are entitled to health care. If it is a privilege, then only the rich will have access to it. What we have ended up with in America is health care as a privilege.
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Circus and other events need funds to survive
The circus was in town over the weekend. To be more specific, it was the annual Shrine Circus. Every school kid in the area, with the possible exception of the kids in year-round schools who were on their spring break, received a free ticket to the circus if accompanied by a paying adult. More than 50,000 tickets were distributed to the kids in northern Nevada and California.
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Aye, aye to eye for an eye
Covering murder cases is an inevitable part of this job.
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The beast awakens and comes full circle
The week to walk with giants got off to a rousing start in the winds of Stead last Friday.
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‘Missouri Plan’ removes vital check on judges
Are judges “selected” less susceptible to corruption than those elected?
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McCain: ethically challenged hypocrite
It’s a frightening thought that John McCain could be the next president of the United States.
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RTC’s reputation untarnished, despite recent fare increases
The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) controls the Access and RTC Ride bus system that services the Reno-Sparks area with public transportation.
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The Easter bunny isn’t a rabbit
Easter Sunday is one of those days of the year when symbolism, faith, superstition and family join together to form an eternal optimism for all of us.
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The price of the Iraq war
The latest government count of our soldiers killed in Iraq reached 4,000. This does not include the maimed and mutilated soldiers who are still alive; that number is 29,451. So what value do we as a society put on these lives?
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Can we spend ourselves into prosperity?
How much shopping can we all afford?
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Life’s important lessons as taught by a flying disc
For the past four days, I have been in pain. But sometimes, it’s good to hurt.
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Allowing the children to disappear
Many years ago, a well-known local public official kept a photo of a little girl on his living room wall.
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America exports its ugly union-busting
Union-busting, a lucrative business in America for three decades, is spreading its ugly tentacles around the world.
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A few words on how we choose our leaders
Pundits across the political spectrum are comparing the current contest for the Democratic nomination to other past battles that resulted in bloodletting and loss of the presidency.
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Allegiance goes awry in desperate circumstances
Several decades ago a citizen of a foreign country rose from absolute obscurity to prominence in his country’s governing body. Prior to his rise, this man had served honorably, although not in any stellar way, in his country’s military during a tremendous war, which his country lost. He rose to the rank of private.
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Exchanging American blood for Iraqi oil
When Bush was elected president for his second term, I said the war in Iraq was about oil, not weapons of mass destruction. I predicted the price of gasoline would be $4 a gallon before George retired to his ranch in Texas. And I would be willing to bet George gets back in the oil business as soon as he leaves the White House.
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County school board needs to go
The State of Nevada was ranked 50th in the nation for graduation rates. An independent study found the state graduation rate to be 54 percent and not the state’s self-calculated rate of 67 percent. Here in Washoe County, the graduation rate was calculated at 75 percent (probably self-calculated).
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Giants will walk among us again
History does no good unless you can apply its wisdom to current problems.
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