Thumbs up, thumbs down
One Sunday a month, the Sparks Tribune will provide a roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval.
Parade of rural pride
It was the annual Goldfield Days parade Aug. 21. Now, it’s not the flashiest or longest parade you’ll ever see, but it traveled in style through the middle of the town.
Mosque at ground zero: a foundation of unity and trust
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and his Republican challenger Sharron Angle finally agree on something. Reid broke ranks with President Barack Obama and said he is opposed to building a Muslim center near ground zero of the 9/11 Twin Towers attack in New York City. Angle agrees with him. Now we have two candidates questioning the freedom of religion guaranteed in our Constitution. Reid said he personally feels it would be better to build the mosque somew...
My life as a marathon: Running away
I didn’t run Monday morning. Quite a stark statement to start out an article on running, don’t you think? However, I am learning that sometimes there is a reason to run and other times there are good reasons to take a break. My reasons for not running this morning included a sore back, pulsing arms and a few scrapes, bumps and bruises. The aches and pains were inflicted by mounds of moving boxes. As some of you know, and some of you don’t, I a...
Pipeline not a pipe dream
Wanted: truck drivers, welders, carpenters, operating engineers, secretaries, flag men, electricians, et al to work on the biggest project since the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United States. When will it be built? Who knows? Does it need to be built? You bet. The whole country wants to put people back to work in meaningful jobs. The desert states also need water. So why not undertake a project to build desalinization p...
Nobody in the American media seems to understand the implications of the recent monsoon rains across the lower elevations of the Asian subcontinent and China.
The longest war in the West
It’s become one of the longest-running wars in the West. Not the battle over water, but the fight over the fate of thousands of wild horses on public rangeland.
It's all fun and games until ...
This was not the column I had intended to write. In fact, I hadn’t really had any ideas about what to write as of Saturday night. But then again, as of Saturday night I didn’t have to contemplate the fatal consequences of off-roading. On Saturday night, I sat in a friend’s kitchen. We mocked her husband’s latest investment — a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle — and said it was only fair that if our significant others wanted motorcycles so badly that ...
It is increasingly difficult these days to differentiate between the so-called “developing nations,” the emerging nations and the newly recognized “failed states."