Spencer Remembers "Cowboy Up!"
Starting on Thursday of this week the familiar phrase of “Cowboy Up” has been heard many times at the Reno Rodeo grounds as the 92nd edition of one of Reno’s most long lasting special events gets underway. An integral part of the annual festivities is the publication of the official program for the rodeo. This year’s edition is more like a high end magazine or glossy catalog as it runs for a stunning 216 pages and is replete with current and h...
What is a friend?
The regulars at the coffee shop were going through their usual motions of being friendly. By the time I arrived they had consumed their second round of coffee and were ready for the discussion of the day. They considered themselves friends because they met once a week to gossip about everyone they knew, especially the people they didn’t like. I listened to their chatter as they were babbling about all their wealthy friends. It sounded like a “...
Texting Big Brother
There are many governmental social safety nets in America that are important to ensuring the protection and equality of the public, particularly those that service minority and vulnerable populations. But there also is a growing number of laws and regulations that outlaw certain behaviors, legislate morality and ultimately criminalize the entirety of the American populace. Mandated ultrasounds before abortions, prohibition on marijuana and var...
Soldiers pay the ferryman
Last week Sgt. First Class Serrano was being sent from El Paso to Camp Bowie, both in Texas, for additional training in advance of overseas deployment to one of our country’s current war zones. Since he was flying alone, he was sent via a civilian airline, American Airlines, to his destination. He had three bags. The first two were free, but he was made to pay $100 for the third bag. Serrano wasn’t on a pleasure outing; he was traveling on ord...
Mary Valencia Wilson: Nevada’s Aztec warrior
Mary Valencia Wilson grew up poor in a barrio south of Los Angeles. As a child, Mary and her father, a union carpenter, labored for years building a four-room house so that the family could move from a one-room shack. That house still stands.
A hipster’s vacation
A recent study comparing European and other modern industrialized societies to America found that we work harder for less money than the Euro proletariat and we take less time off for annual vacations.
Let me into my cage
An old song tells mamas not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys. Around my house growing up, it was “mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be boxers.”
Political warriors are emerging from all nooks and crannies of the national woodwork to claim their rightful places in upcoming big races.
Caps, gowns and neat woodpiles
Graduations are a time of celebration; a time of enjoying a sense of accomplishment; a time of inspiration for the future; a commencement, a beginning, if you will, of the rest of one’s life.
The other day a professor of journalism called and asked me to give his class my views on the role of “Talk Radio” in contemporary America.
Big time golf returns
This weekend’s “Patty Sheehan and Friends” ladies’ golf tournament on the Hidden Valley Country club course is a tribute to local golfer Patty and her committee.
Writing America’s ‘bucket list’
It is only fitting that we Americans pay homage to our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, but we should take that sign of respect one step further and develop a “bucket list” for the United States.