A horse is a horse
Driving home from Pyramid Lake on Thursday, I spied a lone horse wandering through the desert scrub along the side of the road.
Hobos, hypocrisy and ‘goodbye Joe’
It was one of those dog-days of summer. Good Humor bells clattered throughout the neighborhood announcing their coming and some of the kids were lining up on the corner with anticipation and money in hand. I sat on my front stoop listening to a Brooklyn Dodgers game. Eddie Stanky had just hit his first and only home run of the 1945 season when I heard the sound of kids chasing a strange-looking man down the street. The man decided to make his ...
Make the most of your toaster
We were moving in three weeks and items were slowly being sold off one by one. The first real, bittersweet casualty was the toaster — that magical device that gave our rushed mornings so many easy breakfasts and our bread a golden hue. OK, maybe I am over-romanticizing the toaster. But being forced to fit your life into four suitcases can do funny things to a person. After two years studying abroad, it is time to return to the USA. For 730 day...
Big Love For The Small Town
The combination of Luke Bryan’s stellar show last week and the themes being presented in my American Western Literature class at the University of Nevada have me on a country music binge. Being from Tonopah, a small town with plenty of desert terrain, I can place myself in almost every country song about backroads and open space. Two of them being overplayed on the radio right now are “Dirt Road Anthem” and “Fly Over States” by Jason Aldean, w...
Playing Dixieland: The shell game continues
When Washoe County’s high school graduation rate skyrocketed from 56 to 70 percent in two years, eyebrows were raised locally and nationally but not in local media — until this column of April 22, excerpted by Dennis Myers in the April 26 Reno News & Review.
Battle over discrimination rages on
Escaping discrimination was in large part the basis for the development of the United States. The first 10 amendments of our Constitution are an attempt at eliminating various discriminatory elements from our daily lives so that we all can have “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Early in our history, people flocked to our country because they sought religious freedoms that were denied to them in their home countries. The Pilgrims are...
More bikers vs. walkers on Sparks Marina path
Last week, responding to conflicts between pedestrian and bikers, the Sparks Parks and Recreation Committee discussed new rules of engagement for multiple use at the Sparks Marina. There were numerous recommendations proposed, none of which solved the problem. Parks Director Tracy Domingues suggested a publicity and signage campaign to educate and promote new common sense rules for everyone using the path such as: • Pedestrians have the right ...
GOP follows Romney’s lead in parrying Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Mitt Romney has emerged as the likely GOP presidential nominee, congressional Republicans increasingly are taking their cues from him even if it causes heartburn and grumbling among conservatives unhappy about having to beat a tactical retreat. That dynamic was on full display last week as House Speaker John Boehner coped with the dust-up generated by President Barack Obama over student loans and Senate GOP leader Mi...
Hail the cause du jour
Happy Everything Month, everybody! My email box has been flooded the past six weeks or so with announcements about all kinds of days and weeks and months dedicated to one cause or another. With the onset of spring, it seems that the biggest thing blooming is people’s desire to be part of a movement, whether it is for clean air, victims of domestic violence, cancer, labor, smelly socks, hairy armpits, and so on. Earth Day is an interesting one,...
Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter College
The hits just keep on coming and they won’t even kiss us afterward. First came last week’s Barbwire seriously questioning the accuracy of departing Washoe County School Superintendent Heath Morrison’s miraculous graduation rates. (No official response yet). Then arrived word of the dwindling of the program designed to keep our best and brightest high school grads staying home for college. I was among the critics of Gov. Dudley Do-Right’s Mille...
Run Groom Run
In the book “The Predatory Female: A Field Guide to Dating and the Marriage-Divorce Industry,” author Rev. Lawrence Shannon, a retired airline pilot married and divorced many times over, fires a series of warning flares to potential grooms everywhere, describing the characteristics of the bride likely to be more trouble than her nonexistent dowry is worth. The book begins by describing “traits of the predatory female” (I’m sure none of my fell...
Not that the rest of government is doing all that much better, but one must recognize the systemic shortcomings of our electoral process as presently practiced. For all our bragging about representative government of, by and for the people, America imposes more obstacles in the path of voters than most modern nations. To prevent voter fraud partisan agitators are pushing for government-issued ID cards at the polls, confirmed with evidence of r...
Status quo rules UNR
“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” — French saying The Board of Regents has a penchant for naming second-raters president of the University of Nevada, Reno. The regents last weekend selected mediocrity Marc Johnson, interim president, to succeed the late Milton Glick as UNR president. The “national” selection process was a joke, a mere façade for picking a mediocrity lacking in vision, imagination, cultural knowledge and scholarly inc...