Reid ‘mans-up,’ Angle belly up
A week from today, the seeds of democracy will sow a new crop of political leaders both locally and nationally. The results will be disappointing to some and will energize others. The defeated candidates will remove their yard signs, say they really didn’t think they could win in the first place and return to their normal routines in life. The winners will reap the harvest of a victory that will change their lives, have a direct effect on the ...
The horrors of election season
I think we’ve all just about reached critical mass and moved on to the meltdown point when it comes to political ads on television. Just as we’ve reached this plateau in the political season the politicos are assaulting our mailboxes with campaign flyers to further brain wash us into voting for their candidate. The circular file was designed specifically to handle things like excessive political flyers and other totally nonessential mail items...
How did you celebrate Banned Books Week?
I did not grow up in what I would label as an era of censorship. The Walmart “listen to this music at risk of satanic possession” warning labels came along after I was already presumably possessed by New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson and Madonna. As for books, I never had the indignation bestowed upon me of being told what I was and was not allowed to read. These were words, after all, not knives or rattlesnakes. In fact, such a vicious att...
The battle for votes continues
I thought I’d written the final installment of the Immigration Chronicles in the U.S. Senate race before the November election, but I guess I should have known better.
It’s all a pack of lies
America has yet to adjust to the stress engendered by the global satellite 24 hour news cycle and the associated panic mongering of their coverage.
Reporter wrestles with dueling definitions
There are too many reasons to pass the blame in today’s society, which is why I believe in personal accountability and I will be the first to admit, I made a mistake. So here it is: I made a mistake. A big one and a bad one. When I was a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, the excitement of graduation and the impending freedom that loomed in the real world led a team of young journalists to write an ethics statement that would be signed ...
Tunnel of fear: plateau of light
There was a never-ending stream of cars waiting to enter the underwater highway below the Hudson River joining New York City with the great state of New Jersey. The mid-summer heat baked the streets of Jersey City, the horns were blaring away, the vulgarities and profanities were louder than the horns and hundreds of future middleweight champions of the world were waiting in line for their championship bout. Cab drivers had their own peculiar ...
Sharron Angle is a ‘no'-it-all
There is a popular PBS program called “The Vicar of Dibley.” It is a British sitcom about a small English village that has a female vicar of the local church. There is a character in that sitcom who every time he is asked a yes or no question always responds with, “No, no, no, no, no, no, yes.” I chuckle every time I hear a Sharron Angle ad on television as she sounds just like that character. Angle says she wouldn’t support health care for pr...
Endorsements from the Sparks Tribune
Many Americans want the 2010 midterm election to result in sweeping change. Others want to see the people in power stay put. The editorial board at the Sparks Tribune would like to see a little of both.
Rather Reid than Angle
In politics you often vote against someone rather than for someone. So it is with the Reid-Angle matchup Nov. 2 for U.S. senator from Nevada.
It's all true
They say the truth will set you free, but in reality we can’t stand the truth. We prefer abstractions and descriptions that separate us from the raw and awful details of events and actions in the all too real world.
A matter of faith
For months Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle has been knocked for her firebrand rhetoric on subjects ranging from Social Security to health care reform. Her strong conservative stands have thrilled her followers, but have been used by the campaign team of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to portray her as an uncaring extremist.
All true Republicans: Join Sen. Raggio in his crossover vote...
Republican state Sen. Bill Raggio’s endorsement of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, a Democrat, demonstrates political common sense and emphasizes the unity and necessity of both Democrats and Republicans to defeat Reid’s challenger, Sharron Angle. Last week, Republican mayor of Reno Bob Cashell, Sparks City Councilwoman Julia Ratti (standing in for Republican mayor of Sparks Geno Martini) and Democratic mayor of Carson City Bob Crowell endorsed Sen. Rei...