Allegiance goes awry in desperate circumstances
Several decades ago a citizen of a foreign country rose from absolute obscurity to prominence in his country’s governing body. Prior to his rise, this man had served honorably, although not in any stellar way, in his country’s military during a tremendous war, which his country lost. He rose to the rank of private.
Exchanging American blood for Iraqi oil
When Bush was elected president for his second term, I said the war in Iraq was about oil, not weapons of mass destruction. I predicted the price of gasoline would be $4 a gallon before George retired to his ranch in Texas. And I would be willing to bet George gets back in the oil business as soon as he leaves the White House.
County school board needs to go
The State of Nevada was ranked 50th in the nation for graduation rates. An independent study found the state graduation rate to be 54 percent and not the state’s self-calculated rate of 67 percent. Here in Washoe County, the graduation rate was calculated at 75 percent (probably self-calculated).
Everybody loves a sex scandal
When soon-to-be ex-governor of New York Eliot Spitzer took the stage last week to announce that he was resigning because he couldn't keep his wallet closed and his pants on, I can guarantee that one thing dominated the minds of every American man.
Alas, poor Nader, now at nadir
"Every hero becomes a bore at last." —Emerson, essay on "Uses of Great Men" Ralph Nader has become a national joke, like Harold Stassen. Stassen sought the Republican nomination for president nine times from 1948 to 1992. Nader, announcing his fifth try for president as an independent or a third-party candidate, reveals his utter lack of class. As Katha Pollitt of The Nation says, he will go down in history "as the world's most irritating vani...
Politics will be the end of the world
We had all better go out and purchase a really good set of seat belts to fasten on whatever chairs we sit in to watch television. The reason is that the end is near. The Republicans now have their “presumptive” presidential front runner and the Democrats will be close behind them, or so we think, and we had better be ready for the end. The reason we need the seat belts and had better be ready is that when and if all this commentary and banteri...
Hunger at home
Are people going hungry in northern Nevada? If they are, who are they? The answer to the first question is a resounding “Yes” and they aren’t the people you would necessarily expect to need food assistance. A survey in 2005 revealed that over 58,000 people received support from local food pantries and meal sites in northern Nevada. Many people assume that these people must just be the homeless who are unwilling to work. But a key finding of th...
Immigrants are not ruining our country, the minimum wage is
The Saturday morning sunshine beckoned the rototil, garden tools and manual labor. The tiller had just started biting into the mulch, churning the winter compost pile into real soil when the phone rang. It was a friend wanting to talk about politics. We don’t discuss politics too often because it seems to separate us for months at a time. After the usual pleasantries, she started to rant about illegal immigrants from Mexico and how they, in he...