A Farewell Toast to Mrs. E.
Thirty years ago, Laurie Edgington (Mrs. E.) began her teaching career in Washoe County. For 29 of those years, she taught first-grade students at Florence Drake Elementary School in Sparks. This year, she is retiring from her dedicated service to primary education to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Florence Drake School will never be the same without her. Great teachers are not born between the pages of knowledge, whims of adm...
NATO outdated, Obama militarist
Ministers from 28 nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization held a summit meeting in Chicago last week, triumphantly proclaiming the status quo and proving NATO’s irrelevance.
My new life of independence — with the full support of my mo...
Graduation: the beginning of independence. I’m told that now I am entering the real world of punching time clocks and eight-hour shifts — a lifestyle that I am supposed to hate. I am moving on to real life. What I was not told about independence is how proud I would be to look back on the many years of stability my parents provided me. I won’t ever be able to say that I made it through college on my own, or that I struggled to find support in ...
The gay man who changed my life
One quality of youth is the feeling that we can do anything and everything. As age sets in, we realize just how fragile life really is. We also recognize milestones in our lives that are sometimes taken for granted during the course of our everyday race towards infinity. Unlike graduating from college, marriage, children and family, life-changing events can be subtle and unexplainable. One of the most important hours in my life was on a summer...
Since health care has become one of the hot-button issues on our national list of priority problems that we refuse to address in a realistic manner, it behooves us to examine the root causes of our medical shortcomings.
Health Week can mean many things
Happy late Mother’s Day to all those hard-working women out there. Apparently, the nation has devised a plan to devote an entire week, thanks to Mother’s Day, to National Women’s Health Week, themed this year as “It’s Your Time.” Not many news releases have the ability to give me a chuckle during the work day like this one did when it came across my desk. As I read through it, questions piled up as high as when I used to make grilled-cheese s...
Everybody has the same right to get married
President Obama recently stated that he favors marriage between same-sex partners. He made that announcement the day after North Carolina voters had voted in favor of banning such unions. Political pundits say the president made his statement only after Vice President Joe Biden had also said that he favored same-sex marriages. Politics is definitely at play in this situation, but the fact remains that same-sex marriages are in the political sp...
Girl Scouts at war with Vatican
As if the Catholic Church doesn’t have enough problems cleaning up after the deviant sexual behavior of its apostles, the Vatican has now put its anointed lily-white hands in the cookie jar of the Girl Scouts of America. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon assembled 18 girls in her Savannah, Ga. home for the first local Girl Scouts meeting in the United States. Gordon believed all girls should have the opportunity to develop spiritually, ment...