Embrace your alternate reality, put on your mask
We’re all thinking it, but I will go ahead and say it anyway: This year’s summer movie blockbusters top all summer blockbusters. (Don’t worry, I won’t ruin them for you.) “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spiderman” may be full of stunning special effects and thrilling action scenes, but I was not surprised to see two of Hollywood’s best writers leave a deeper, ambiguous meaning — wide open for interpretation. I have long been fascinate...
Honor Among Thieves
With a new foster parent in our Tribune office, I thought I would share my adoptive parents’ experience the day before they bundled me up and carried me home from the orphanage. The year was 1937. It began one evening in a smoke-filled room in back of the local barber shop. The ceiling fan swirled the cigar smoke around the bright light dangling over the round, green felt table. Drinks were poured, the players were ready and seated for their m...
Olympic voting standards
The mental gymnastics that are required to remain attached to normal and open-minded liberal notions of fairness are becoming increasingly difficult for even the most mentally athletic citizens to grasp.
War at home and abroad
Whether President Obama is re-elected or his challenger Mitt Romney is elected, the nation will not end its wars abroad or at home.
Fear is a Liar
He was a young physician, totally dedicated to healing. But he came to my door proselytizing mindless hate.
Chick-fil-A had it coming
Georgia-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is in a bit of a pickle following comments made by the company’s president, Dan Cathy, who said the company was “guilty as charged” in its stance against gay marriage.
Value of human life is subjective, political
As reports hit the media detailing the human tragedy and loss of life from the massacre in Aurora, Colo., the polemics of gun control became a topic of conversation. Whether you’re pro or con on the issue, no one wants to put semi-automatic assault weapons in the hands of a maniac. No doubt, we’ll see Mitt Romney and President Obama posturing on the issue in order to preserve their PAC contributions from the NRA. Although, at one time, they bo...
Burning Man sizzles under BLM control
The time to “Burn” is approaching and this year’s event has taken twists and turns like no other year. The latest news about the dust-filled, “art” attack on the Black Rock Desert over Labor Day Weekend in September comes from the Bureau of Land Management, surprisingly approving the expansion of attendees from a cap of 50,000 to 60,900. The BLM’s Interior Board of Land Appeals environmental assessment report that looked at all impacts associa...
Take away reason to shoot, not guns
Here we go again: another mass murder involving innocent civilians. The country is appalled at the tragedy. Where have we heard this story before? It seems as if this is all too common an occurrence, doesn’t it? I agree, but what are we to do about it? Stand on every street corner weeping and lighting votive candles until our fingers are blistered by the melting wax? There is something we can all do to at least begin to correct this situation....
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.