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One Sunday a month, the Sparks Tribune will provide a roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval. 
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A Tale of two Renos
When Mr. Walt Disney looked at a massive Florida swamp, he didn’t see a muddy, reptile infested marshland — he saw the happiest place on earth.
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‘Paris of the West’
SAN FRANCISCO — This city is showing two magnificent art exhibitions from France, proving once again its sobriquet “Paris of the West.”
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Lessons from social injustice
Last week’s forced resignation of Shirley Sherrod as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s state director of rural development in Georgia demonstrated extreme racist phobia, media frenzy, political posturing and individual ignorance. Andrew Breitbart, a right-wing conservative commentator, released a video with excerpts of a speech by Sherrod at an NAACP fundraiser. He accused Sherrod, an African-American, of prejudice towards whites and demand...
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My life as a marathon: Running through the rut
Things have been a little slow and routine lately. But sometimes, just keeping up the routine is success in and of itself. Some of you may know the drill very well. You get up, toss on the gym clothes and with bleary eyes make your way either to your trusted sidewalk path or the local gym. Lately, my routine has bypassed the beautiful, cool summer mornings outside, opting instead for the treadmill. Call me a creature of habit because lately I ...
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In need of an electionectomy
I’m facing cataract surgery in a few weeks and I couldn’t help thinking that my surgery is similar to the general election we will all hopefully take part in early in November. The surgery takes only about 15 minutes and the election takes place for one day. The recovery is short for the eye surgery, but sometimes we seemingly never recover from the results of the elections if you listen to all the political rhetoric before and after the votin...
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City government goes mental
Anyone who goes into government has got to be a little crazy. Apparently the people within government think so, too. Last week during a routine check of the upcoming Sparks City Council agenda, I came across an item regarding City Manager Shaun Carey’s performance review. The item contained some interesting language: When considering a contract extension for Carey through 2012, the council will consider his “character, conduct, professional co...
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Sell us this day our daily bread
Everybody knows / the fight was fixed. The poor stay poor / The rich get rich. That’s how it goes / Everybody knows. — Leonard Cohen What if I told you that the price of food you pay every day is 80 percent higher than it should be? But what do you care? You can still get a taco for a buck almost anywhere, so what’s the big deal? What if I uttered the magic words that Wall Street caused it? Would that get your attention? Regular Barbwireites h...
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Art wins in Polanski release
Perhaps pure justice did not triumph in the Swiss refusal to expedite Roman Polanski, but cinema art did. Bernard Kouchner, French foreign minister, rejoiced over the decision to free Polanski. And no wonder. Polanski enriched movie history by directing such outstanding films as “Knife in the Water,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown.” But possibly his greatest movie was “The Pianist” filmed in 2002. “The Pianist” is a moving adaptation of the ...
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Law and disorder
It is the way of the world that many of mankind’s proudest achievements carry with them unintended consequences that are often more important than the original event. The Romans created domestic water systems using malleable lead for the plumbing, a choice that made Rome the cleanest city in the empire but contributed to the slow genetic deterioration of mental acuity that resulted in the failure of the empire from mismanagement, according to ...
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Can’t make this stuff up
I have a confession. Until very recently, I had never seen a horse wear makeup. I’ll admit I’ve occasionally frequented bars where such confusion would be understandable, but this was different. This was actual equine wearing products designed to accentuate the eyes and define the nose. I imagine overhearing two Arabians talking about their makeup would go something like, “Does this mascara make my face look long?” Granted, I know little about...
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No change in golf schedule for 2011
According reports from the PGA and the Reno-Tahoe Open, next year’s Montreux event will again be played on the same weekend as the American Century Championship at Edgewood, South Shore Lake Tahoe.
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Tosha: the full-service representative
In some ways, the doctor’s office reminds me of a nightclub.
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All in the name of Art
It’s not often that people being led on a wild goose chase in nearly 100-degree July weather say they liked the experience. Such was my walk around downtown Reno.
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Gaming is off its game
Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that Hot August Nights leaves our area, never to return. What then?
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The simple song of greatness
He was a mensch, a whole man, a good person of high integrity and good character.
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All hail Rolling Stone
It is rare that a single newspaper or magazine article is so devastating that it topples a powerful person.
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One Sunday a month, the Sparks Tribune will provide a roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval. 
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Monetary Masturbation
In case it has escaped your notice, our nation and the rest of the Western capitalist world is in what only the dedicated euphemists can call a recession.
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Round one in the fight for Nevada’s Senate seat
The Great Nevada Senate campaign is gaining steam now that the candidacy of Republican challenger Sharron Angle has started clicking on all cylinders.
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