The real cost of crime
Our state is almost broke but our district attorney is still putting people in prison. At sentencing there is no discussion of the cost of incarceration. The DA keeps pushing for the maximum sentence but he doesn’t have to foot the bill. The theory is that we will spare no expense to be “safe.” That was the same rhetoric that got us into the war in Iraq. Apparently our leaders believe that if we are scared enough we will pay for anything....
Creativity in budget cuts
Our country is suffering through tough economic times. Nevada seems to be hit even harder by the impact of these economic down turns. One of the most recent cut backs is the proposed closure of the Great Basin Park at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno and the closure of the swimming pool at Bower’s Mansion. At first blush, these closures and cut backs don’t seem to have much impact until you look beyond at the impact on people.
Council cuts nice but hollow
The Sparks City Council did a good thing in agreeing to salary cuts this month. Members promised to help the city with its $4.9 million budget trim for the 2010-2011 year by taking a 7.5 percent cut from their salaries, which is in addition to a 4 percent annual cost of living increase they had already given up for several years. Each council person and the mayor recognized that this was a necessary step. Our question is whether or not the re...
Bette Drakulich: Beautiful mother to us all
Dear Bette Drakulich passed away in New York last year. One word describes her: beautiful. She was the wife and mother everyone should have, the strength everyone envies. She married Steve Drakulich knowing full well he was afflicted with this strange disease very few knew much about. About 40 years ago, Steve and Bette took over what was then called the Nevada Central Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It had all of five buck...
Aces Among Giants?
Happy baseball season! For major league players this means making the long trek home from a sunnier, smaller spring training venue to a larger and temporarily colder ballpark. For AAA teams like our Reno Aces, about to embark on their sophomore year in the Biggest Little City, it means another season of skill sharpening, entertaining the local fans and the chance to be sent up to the majors at any time either for a permanent gig or to fill in ...
Nuclear Posture Review
When history is writ on the Obama presidency, this his second year will probably be the defining time of his first term. The nation’s future will be redefined on several fronts, from energy policy to turn away from fossil fuels to reining in the rapacious greed that has become the benchmark of capitalist financial wizards; from the environment to Afghanistan and the war on jihad, all begging for solution, preferably in time to rescue congressi...
Pope compliant in Pedogate
natural of sexual perversions. – Aldous Huxley, “Eyeless in Gaza” Pope Benedict XVI is not infallible after all. We now know that as archbishop of Munich the future pope allowed the transfer of a priest molester. As archbishop he looked away despite repeated warnings about a Wisconsin priest who sexually abused 200 deaf boys. He did not reply to a plea that the Wisconsin priest be defrocked. The priest had signed to the deaf boys that God want...
As we morph from winter into spring and summer, the incidences of gang activity seem to ramp up as the daylight hours increase along with the temperature. In the Reno area, we have an estimated 1,500 gang members. A gang is not a bad thing; the dictionary basically defines a gang as a group. Now there is nothing wrong with a group but the way today’s gangs operate, gangs are a pestilence to our society. Instead of doing good things for the bet...
Career mindset: It’s a matter of life and death
Tuesday morning, I walked up to the masked, menacing man and pulled my gun – but not fast enough. I was shot in the thigh. My untimely injury was the result of a detrimental mindset. Was this man really going to shoot me? No way. People are generally nicer than that. Before you wonder about my gun-wielding experience, be it known I do not live an alternate life as a law woman. This shootout was part of a Reno Police Department critical i...
Sarah Palin: phoenix for the conservative right
The political rhetoric surrounding the passage of the new health care bill is slowly subsiding as the opponents are finding less to complain about in the legislation. The Republican fiction, scare tactics, extreme acts of violence and political strategy used in their futile effort to defeat the bill not only divided the nation, it might have cost them more seats in Congress and blocked their future path to the White House. Out of the ashes of ...
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.