Bully of the town
The news reports say that the vicious abuse of a teen girl “far exceeded the usual high school ‘hazing’ of the ‘new girl’ ” by her student peers.
A Springtime Bridge Game
With spring fever increasing and everyone looking for something different to do after spending the winter holed up in their own cave, why not give the game of bridge a try? There is a very eclectic group of more than 40 individuals who meet every Monday from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Lazy 5 Community Center in the Lazy 5 complex off Pyramid Highway to play bridge. Lessons are given starting at 9:30 a.m. for new players. Everyone brings a ...
A broadband bill of rights for Latinos
Universal broadband adoption is a key component of President Barack Obama’s agenda. As his historic campaign demonstrated, and his “First Internet President” moniker affirms, a high-speed connection is a “must-have” tool for civic engagement in the 21st Century. For sure, broadband technology is the ticket to economic and personal advancement in the new millennium; it’s creating jobs, helping to raise student test scores, delivering health car...
‘Disingenuous’ Or Deceptive?
Last week, the Sparks City Council voted on the proposal to reduce its pay by 7.5 percent in its effort to save taxpayers money during this time of financial uncertainty and budgetary shortfalls. Most of the members, but evidently not all, agree that giving themselves an increase in salary would be a political slap in the face to city employees and the people of Sparks. After all, how could they gain the respect of voters and their staff if th...
Let’s toast to quitting
One year ago, my after-work routine was the following: walk in the door, put down my camera bag, let the dog out, change my clothes, take a highball glass from the cupboard, fill it with ice, pour it half with bourbon, half with something else, drink.
Down for the count
After a month of media urging to fill out my census form and mail it back, I went down to my local postmaster and asked when I would receive this highly touted document.
Throwing the bums out
On Wednesday we celebrated the Irish patron saint, Patrick, many of whose descendants and believers came to America and built a careers in police and politics a century or so past.
Never bite the hand that feeds you
I was waiting in my car for a friend while she was shopping for her groceries when I heard the man parked next to me shouting at his 4 year-old son. While he was putting his groceries in the car, the boy was running toward the middle of the parking lot, dodging cars that were circling the closest parking spot to the store. The young father rescued his son and proceeded to spank him in front of all the shoppers in the mall, instructing him to “...