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Dorothy Day: diaries of a saint
David O’Brien wrote in the Catholic magazine Commonweal that Dorothy Day was “the most significant, interesting and influential person in the history of American Catholicism.”
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Hats off
Our times are measured in change, and the changes are often represented in fashion.
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Sparks City Hall: Swindling the RSCVA or lying by omission?
Last week, the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor’s Authority notified the City of Sparks it had overpaid the city more than $436,000 over the last three years. It seems RSCVA officials made a genuine mistake; I don’t think they intentionally gave their money away to Sparks. But it also seems as if Sparks government made a dishonest decision in accepting the overpayment. On May 30, 1999, SB477 gave Sparks the authority to increase its room tax...
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Someone is to blame for the RSCVA overpayment to Sparks
A few weeks ago, we criticized the return on investment the city of Sparks received for its purchase of a branding campaign.
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The sunny angel and the man of steel
This afternoon, Sparks says goodbye to such a richly enriching ray.
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2 books savage the media
Mini-reviews of books crossing the desk of this columnist recently.
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Mormons and politics: The Great (Re)Awakening
With the passage of Proposition 8 in California being directly attributed to the involvement of the Mormon Church, (officially the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), the Mormons are getting lots of not always desired publicity.
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Changing the guard
We all do the same, editing reality for our own ends. Unfortunately, we fall into patterns of habitual thinking, and we often fail to notice the changes in the surrounding circumstances.
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Politics as usual: clowns in Sparks City Hall?
If last week is any indication, it’s still politics as usual and Sparks is still trying to re-invent itself as a destination resort for tourists.
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Life without credit
Imagine a time when most people don’t have a credit card and their only debt is a mortgage.
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Tearing down the walls of prejudice
When I think about Black History month, I tend to reflect on my experience with members of the black community.
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Peter Pans in public office
Some little boys just refuse to grow up.
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Why nationalize grocery stores?
It’s easy to criticize Gov. Jim Gibbons for his budget, and with a down-and-diving-deeper economy, his realistic proposals are met with howls of protest; he is gutting “essential” government agencies.
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War mongers for profit
Despite the best intentions of the “progressive” forces among America’s political elite, there is no evidence that the U.S. is going to beat its swords into plowshares any time soon.
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One smoothie character
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
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Heroic prof during McCarthy terror
Ever hear of James E. Schevill?
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The need for government stimulus
President Barack Obama’s stimulus package has gotten a lot of attention. It has brought back images of FDR and his spending proposals that helped get us out of the Great Depression. We need even more internal spending by our government to help get us out of our current financial crisis. Our unemployment rate is the highest in decades. If you added in those who are underemployed (working but not making enough to sustain themselves) we would be ...
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The Festival City hustle
The powers that be, in all of their infinite wisdom, have decided to spend more than $100,000 to affect a new catch phrase for the city of Sparks. In addition, the process has included a change in the Victorian Avenue name as well as the name of the Sparks Marina. Maybe I’ve lived here too long, but Victorian Avenue was B Street originally. Then the median was bermed up, then torn down and the Victorian motif was adopted. Who cares what the co...
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Time for a tourmark change
Sometimes politics is humorous. The latest attempt by Sparks' tourmark (Tourism and Marketing) committee to find a new theme for Sparks is downright hilarious. In an attempt to generate more tourists and market Sparks as a destination resort, the City Council approved $114,000 to hire Destination Development of Seattle to create a "new brand" for our rail city. The out of state consulting firm, using their limited creative skills, determined o...
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“I wonder what’s happening in Sparks?”
That’s the question city leaders and branding expert Destination Development International hope will one day be on the lips of every local and tourist in the area.
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