Thanks for real friends, loving parents and human kindness
The frigid night air shrouding the aging tenements was filled with the scent of ethnic cooking as misty cold fog weaved its way through the downtown neighborhood. The frosted street lights could barely sneak a peek at the empty streets below waiting for nature’s gift to snowmen. But the chilled night would soon be warmed by the fire of the human spirit — the spirit of Thanksgiving. In my house, the night before Thanksgiving was the beginning o...
Respect for a family in Elko
Every Thanksgiving since 2002, my thoughts turn to a family in Elko. While I haven’t seen or spoken to any of them in almost 10 years, they are in my mind constantly as the November holiday approaches. This family lost their 18-year-old son and brother, Josh Nash, when he was killed in a single-vehicle accident between Wells and Elko the morning of Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, just four days before Thanksgiving. He was survived by his parents, an ol...
Where has the Christmas spirit gone?
The Thanksgiving turkey gravy hadn’t even congealed yet and people were already camping out at shopping malls waiting to be the first in line to get the “Big Deal” at the start of the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday was upon us. Undoubtedly there would have been numerous paper boys in the country’s emergency rooms — if we still had paper boys — with various muscles pulled from tossing the 5- or 6-pound newspapers loaded with all the ad...
Ronald Reagan, in his later years as president, favored a nap after lunch to revive his mind for the later part of the day of decisions that was his job.
Investors suffer from in-Siena-ty
Einstein’s well-known definition of insanity is, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Earlier this year, the financially struggling Siena Hotel Spa Casino was put out of its misery after drawn out bankruptcy proceedings. Now, a group of investors, including a technology mogul who won a $158 million judgment against Microsoft, have put their names on the deed and announced their big plans for the rebirth o...
Overpaid public servants should be giving thanks to the taxp...
At one time the only reason anyone worked as a public servant was because they couldn‘t find a job anywhere else. Although the pay scale was proportionately lower than the private sector, the benefits — job security, longer vacations, paid insurance and dreams of early retirement — were disproportionately better, providing more than enough compensation to entice the unemployable. How times have changed. The city of Reno just hired Edward Fing...
Not-so-thankful for sales and security
We are headed into the holidays at full throttle — so much so that we can almost smell that Thanksgiving turkey cooking as we speak. There are two things we need to be mindful of as we go headlong into this holiday season: airport security and Black Friday sales. Yes, some of us may have to undergo a full pat down security check. Is it invasive? Yes. Do we like it? No. We are fast getting to the point in our personal airport security checks wh...
Lie, lie, lie!
Given the formula for probability distribution, I can safely say that upwards of a third of the population will align themselves with the radical extremes of their political beliefs.
Remembrance For My Hero
As I write this, it is so quiet in the newsroom that I can actually hear the clock tick over the hum of the heater. It’s not something that happens often, or really ever at all. It’s something that has probably made writing this column a little more difficult. Our editor, Nathan Orme, frequently reminds us to keep the columns we write related to something we cover, have experienced or feel strongly about. My thoughts are kind of flighty right ...
Reality of life in the classroom
Many people believe teachers live “The Life of Riley” with summers off and a huge paycheck. All they do is babysit kids all day and not for a whole day, at that. Most people forget that teachers have at least a college or university four-year degree. This education was often paid for out of their own pocket and not subsidized by public money, unless they were able to qualify for a scholarship for having done well in previous educational endeav...