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Councilman Salerno: 'It's a witch hunt'
Last week during their workshop, some Sparks City Council members demonstrated their ambition, political power and alignment with each other.
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School dropout problem is not new
Along with all the other problems in our society, the Reno area now has a group of people who are concerned with the dropout rates of our high school students.
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One nation, no specific god
Over the past several decades many conservative Republicans of the Christian right have chastised the government for not mentioning God at every opportunity.
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Chainsaw massacre in Carson City
“No matter how cynical you become, it’s hard to keep up.” – Lily Tomlin
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Shop ‘til you chop
Christmas is the time of year when we hit the stores, flash our credit cards like samurai swords ...
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Rural Nevada: scenic and economically strong
Sitting here in Eureka on a beautiful sunny Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 morning, it’s nice to be in a town excited about its economic future.
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On the last frontier: atheism
Atheists are often more Christian than Christians.
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Border dispute
I see where the elemental animosity between the Hindu and Muslim elements of the South Asia sub continent is about to overwhelm the veneer of democracy in both India and Pakistan.
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Meaning of Christmas doesn’t come in shopping bags
I’m going to blame the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for starting the Christmas buy-a-thon that’s now under way in every shopping center or mall across the country. That rather decent parade didn’t start this buy frenzy we go through every year but it definitely kicks it off and leads us all to the slaughter like an inanimate Pied Piper of Hamlin. Friday, or should I say “Black Friday,” as this is the day retailers are in the black when all t...
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Mumbai: Just blame the British
Last week’s attacks in Mumbai, India by Muslim terrorists remind me of the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. Before their independence, both India and Palestine were under the control of British power. After their independence, each nation has been involved in an ongoing religious war. In 1947 the U.N. General Assembly created a partition plan creating the state of Israel within the Arab state of Palestine, in effect establishing...
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Limited resources
We live in a world that has limited resources. The earth is finite. It is not expanding or growing. Very little new land is being formed that is usable, with some volcanic eruptions, and no new water is being created – or the hydrologic cycle. There is a fixed amount of oil, minerals and rock. Until recent times the earth’s resources seemed limitless. Growth could always be accommodated and was encouraged. Man’s impact on the planet was neglig...
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Guilty until disproven innocent
These days, it’s more like, “If you’re arrested, you’re guilty even if proven innocent.”
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Tony the Tiger and the flaky NFL
The National Futzball League presented three blowouts instead of football games on last week’s appropriately-termed Turkey Day.
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Spotlighting Darwin’s finches
Darwin was one of the great pioneers of the mind, ranking with Freud and Einstein.
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Lessons to learn from the Pilgrims – and Indians
Look where the failure to deal with their illegal immigration problems got them.
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Lying again, but why?
By now it comes as damn little of a surprise to learn that George W. and his merry band of bandits have concocted yet another war by lying and maneuvering to pick a fight with Putin’s Russia.
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Have lawsuit? Be ready to wait
Many of us have heard of our right to a speedy trial. This applies in criminal cases and is based on the notion that such serious allegations should be resolved quickly especially if a person is in jail. But that concept does not apply to civil litigation. Civil litigation is a dispute between two or more parties. Criminal actions involve the state trying to incarcerate someone for committing a crime. A typical civil lawsuit is for breach of a...
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Big Three should ask UAW for bailout
Here we go again. The Big Three auto makers are begging Congress for more taxpayer money to spend before they go completely bankrupt. Before any decisions are made, both the auto industry and Congress should watch Michael Moore’s documentary “Roger and Me.” It chronicles the devastation, caused intentionally by General Motors, when they closed two auto assembly plants in his hometown of Flint, Mich. In the 1980s, General Motors closed down two...
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Thanks for the new deal
We are in the season of Thanksgiving but many of our fellow citizens are wondering what they are thankful for. Many have lost their jobs with little hope of finding a new job quickly. Many have found themselves without a home due to a variety of disasters that have befallen some regions. Many have found themselves homeless due to being evicted for a myriad of mortgage problems. Hobo camps have risen almost over night all over the country. Pres...
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Thankful to be thankful
Thanksgiving doesn’t have any poems that come to mind, but we all know what the column cliche is for this holiday.
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