Heat and light for the Hall of Flames
Longtime readers know that the Barbwire Molly Ivins Memorial Columniator Hall of Flames has only two qualifications for admission: you gotta be dead and your writing had to hit hellaciously hard.
Human trafficking: a hot August reality
Reno depends on special events such as Hot August Nights and Street Vibrations to fill our hotel rooms and our gaming tables, but unfortunately these various events bring more than just car buffs and camera-laden tourists to our town.
Suspension abuse in our schools
The Washoe County School District has adopted policies and regulations to deal with student discipline issues. One area covered by such procedures is student suspensions. WCSD regulation PATH-106 section 5.1 states: “The primary purpose of a suspension is to give the student, his/her parent(s) and/or guardian(s), and the school time to resolve a problem. The duration of a suspension is related to a course of action designed to resolve the prob...
Olympians: Don’t judge them by the clothes on their backs
One valuable lesson I learned in life at a young age was not to judge a man by the clothes he wears. Back in the “good old days” of the 1940s, most neighborhoods in the city had their local dumpster divers, garbage pickers and scavengers looking for something they could turn a dime on. Rationing of food and consumer products during the war effort prompted most of us to be resourceful just to survive. We collected empty bottles, cans, old newsp...
Playing With Fire
Not only are the Reno City Council and Washoe County Commission figuratively burning down their own houses, they might literally burn down yours. Murphy’s Law Dept. At about 12:30 p.m. on July 2, roughly 28.5 hours after the divorce of the city of Reno and Washoe County fire departments, a major forest fire broke out near the exclusive Caughlin Ranch area of southwest Reno, one of two newly unprotected county areas. At about 1:45 p.m., I saw o...
Condi Rice for veep? Maybe.
In a development that surprises nobody, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has emerged as a front-runner for Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nomination. The story broke Thursday by the Drudge Report, a prominent news aggregator, the same day as the Romney for president campaign confirmed in an email that the vice presidential nominee would be selected prior to the Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Fla. next month. Ric...
Court OKs Obamacare—but!
President Roosevelt, frustrated because New Deal legislation enacted by Congress was constantly being struck down by a reactionary Supreme Court, announced a plan to expand the court from nine to 15 members so he could pick his kind of justices. Suddenly, Justice Owen Roberts changed course to uphold New Deal measures. This prompted wags to quip: “A switch in time saves nine.” Chief Justice John Roberts (no relation to Justice Roberts) was und...
C’mon, Big Momma!
Owning a dog promises many wonderful memories and at least one really terrible memory. No one wants to think about the day when a best friend will die. Until last week, I never had to. The deaths of my dogs have been hidden from my view — either my parents dealt with it or it happened after I moved away. Two years ago, my girlfriend and I merged lives so I adopted her three dogs. All of them were older than 10 years so we expected one or more ...
Paging Dr. IRS
It’s a good thing that the Affordable Care Act was dreamed up and passed by the political party that loves puppies, rainbows and Ansel Adams wilderness photographs. Without it, we could be headed for that strange place predicted by Aldous Huxley in his book about bravery, newness and worlds. The main complaint from Tea Party people, and other aficionados of the U.S. Constitution, is that government-provided health care will do two crazy things...
Melinda Gates: world health for women, children and mankind
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, has decided family planning and public health will be her priority in life. On July 11, 25 world leaders, including representatives from India, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania, will meet in London to discuss her “controversial” $4 billion global health program, which includes providing contraception for women around the world. She claims there are 215 million women worldwide in need of family pla...
Romney: Wizard of the GOP
The Republican Party should be thanking its lucky stars. The GOP still has a chance to pull out a victory over the Democrats if it hurries. The party’s presumptive candidate for president has not yet been nominated so its members still have a chance to pull out a winner maybe by bypassing Mitt Romney in favor of some other non-Merlinesque candidate before their national nominating convention later this month. According to Romney, on his first ...
242 Miles To My Graceland
I made it — all 242 miles of barren desert highway back to the graceland where I spent 18 years burying my roots. It had been six months since I made the three-and-a-half hour drive south to Tonopah to visit my family. My excuse: My four-wheeled, six-foot nine-inch baby needed some TLC. By the time I hit my (secret) back road, which actually saves you no time during the drive, I had the windows down and the music cranked up so loud the farmer...
Sun also sets for Nev. Geothermal Power
Nevada Geothermal Power, a Nevada-based geothermal energy company that received a $98.5 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration for an alternative energy project here in Nevada, is headed toward collapse and now the company’s leaders are starting to question whether they can stay in business.