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Deja Vú at the RSCVA
Once again family ties have won over career advancement at the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. It was announced midweek that Mark White, had turned down the CEO position after he had won it, 11-2, over localite Mike Houghton. While the board members of the RSCVA are shaking their heads in disbelief over the latest goof-up in the troubled organization’s recent history, it is interesting to note that the previous head of the agenc...
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Vacation pay is more than money
Some people like to do their best vegetable impression when on vacation. You know the type — sunbathing and drinking cocktails all day. Some people take their work on vacation with them — checking email, making phone calls, staying current with the stock report. Then there are those of us who play hard, turning vacation into an adventure. By the end of our respite, we need a vacation from the vacation. Or at least a moment to rest our bones. I...
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Tyson KO’d By KOLO
The firing of John Tyson, a KOLO-TV channel 8 reporter, has caused quite a stir around town this week. Tyson was involved in a minor traffic accident involving his car and a bicyclist while using his cell phone. There were no major injuries. Tyson reported the accident to the TV station and filed a statement with the insurance company. He was suspended with pay on a Friday and on the following Wednesday he was fired. What was KOLO thinking? A ...
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American little guys losing three wars
We all are being subjected to prolonged battles on three very different fronts. First, we are involved in two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan. Second, we are engaged, at least through the media, with the battle between the NFL team owners and the players. On the political front, we are engaged with the Democrats versus the Republicans over the increase in the debt limit, among other things. On the war issue, both of those were entered into by Repub...
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My art is a lot of hot air
Kool Kat was my one and only attempt at drawing. He was a character based loosely — OK, based entirely on Chester Cheetah. You remember Chester Cheetah, the cartoon spokescat for Cheetos, the puffy snack chip coated in an orange substance intended to be cheesy but really is just a chemical mess that won’t come off your fingers for days. Anyway, I drew a couple of Kool Kat adventures but quickly realized that any attempts on my part to be an ar...
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A little less ‘Interweb’ might do some good
It was not too many years ago that I didn’t have a cell phone or a computer, much less a computer in a cell phone. I was reminded of this Friday afternoon as Tribune intern Garrett Valenzuela was proofreading columnist Harry Spencer’s weekly piece. “Wait a minute,” Garrett said. “Does he type this on a typewriter?!” Harry Spencer does use a typewriter. He also hand-delivers his column to the Tribune office every week. There are no computers or...
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Lord Rupert’s Rupture and President Tiger Wuss
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Fox media empire to collapse on this side of the pond. Cruel thieves worse than Rupert Murdoch live long lives, punished for nothing. The Fox cable network alone is poised to net a cool billion in profit this year. The Fox-GOP Axis controls more than half of American government (House of Representatives, U.S. Supreme Court, most governorships). Murdoch personally selected at least four of the last five Br...
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Review: “Bill Moyers Journal"
Book by Bill Moyers, The New Press. 545 pages. 2011
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Cry Wolf
Once there was a young boy, sent to tend the flocks, in a high meadow in the mountain forests of Carpathia, (or some equally obscure backwater village in the Middle Ages). Now, like teenage boys of any era, the young shepherd grew restive in the empty silence of the grazing fields, and the temptation to rejoin his friends in the village below proved overwhelming, but what excuse could he find for his untimely return? WOLVES! After all, that’s ...
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Reincarnating Reagan
The 2012 presidential election, remarked Nevada U.S. Sen. Dean Heller at the recent Conservative Leadership Conference in Henderson, is an “opportunity to elect the next Ronald Reagan.” Poor Ronnie: He was shot at, worked to tear down a wall, tried to keep America warm with his sunny charisma during the Cold War, found himself in the middle of an affair with some Contras and eventually forgot the whole darn thing. And here we are trying to dig...
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City survives hail of budgetary bullets
Last week, the Sparks City Council approved an expenditure of $58,000 for ammunition for the 108 officers of the Sparks Police Department. That sum seemed rather exorbitant so I looked into why ammunition costs so much. I called a large local sports equipment supplier to find out the cost of ammunition for a 9 millimeter Glock hand gun, which is often the weapon of choice for the police officers. I discovered that a case of 1,000 rounds sells ...
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Bears chasing Safari Club from Reno to Atlantic City
The recent dispute over black bear hunting in Nevada reminds me of the time my mother took me to see Walt Disney’s animated movie “Bambi.” Like most 7-year-old kids, I was fascinated with the stunning color, talking animals and beautiful music. The film was based on a book by Australian writer Felix Salten. At the time, the plot of the story and the dialogue of the characters didn’t have too much meaning to me. Later in life, I understood the ...
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Extremism is extremely extreme
If I were one to use extremism to make my point, I’d compare Mark Amodei and the Republican Party to Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. I’d say they were employing similar tactics to gain power and then impose their own will upon an unsuspecting electorate.
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Shame
Unfortunately, America no longer practices public shame as a punishment.
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President Kevorkian and Harry Potter’s Congress
As filmmaker Michael Moore said a few years back, corporate America has two political parties.
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All I need to know, I learned from my dad
Only recently did it really sink in how fortunate I was to have a father like mine, when a friend told me his dad never showed him how to do anything.
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49ers coming to Reno?
If the training camp move does eventuate it would add tremendously to the local tourist base as well as bringing national and possibly international press coverage for the region.
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Justice is served by ‘Caylee’s Law’
Sometimes, no justice is more compelling than injustice. The not-guilty verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial was a good example of no justice for the two murdered victims and a wrong decision by jurors. Sixteen years later, Casey Anthony’s not-guilty verdict is viewed by 64 percent of Americans as an injustice, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll, even though it was the right decision by the jurors. In the Simpson trial, defense attorney Johnnie...
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The Civil War made us what we is
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Because of the devastation that war wrought on the United States and its citizens, few would say that we should celebrate this anniversary; some would even say that we should avoid any mention of the date at all. As a result of the Civil War we saw the establishment of national cemeteries, homes for soldiers (which later became the Veterans Administration) and pe...
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