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Flip side from an old fry cook
by Andrew Barbano
Sep 19, 2012 | 2753 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For old fry cooks like me, the worst insult is getting called a shoemaker. Former Tribune writer Dennis Myers came up with the journalism equivalent: stenographer, a robotic secretary who dutifully takes dictation.

Which brings me to Sunday’s Reno Gazette-Journal which published a PR man’s wet dream. The RED Development Corporate Welfare Shopping Center, aka Legends at Sparks Marina, scored a full freakin’ page of stenography complete with color snapshots. Apparently neither editors nor newbie writer knew the key question: Would T.J. Maxx and Old Navy close existing stores to party in the tax-subsidized waterfront cathouse?

Last year, this fry cook, not the legit media, broke the story that Lowe’s, like Target, would close an existing location after opening at Legends. Can’t blame ‘em. They get to use tax money to build themselves a posh new facility. For taxpayers, it’s a losing proposition. That’s why it’s named RED Development.

“I’m speechless and disappointed that two more stores are closing their doors and moving to the Legends where 75 percent of sales tax is retained,” wrote Assemblymember Debbie Smith, D-Sparks, on Facebook.

“To be clear, that means schools and (roads, parks, police and fire) only get 25 percent of sales tax generated on the new stores while losing 100 percent of the revenue from the stores closing. I’m told both T.J. Maxx and Old Navy will close existing stores,” she added.

Zounds. Public officials are now reduced to psycho-social media to expose the awful truth.

As legendary storyteller Aesop once advised, if you want something done, do it yourself.

Like good sheep, TV and radio parroted Sunday’s RGJ, perpetuating the sin of omission.


Prediction: Wal-Mart will close an existing store when its new Marina digs are done. It has a long history of leaving empty big boxes nationwide.

PREDICTION, TOO. Great news is in the offing from the Nevada Press Association convention in Gomorrah South this Saturday. Stay tuned.

READ MUCH MORE ABOUT IT. Breaking news and predictions that came true  quadrupled the web edition of last week’s Barbwire. For the latest bright, shining lies about our school system and othersuch conundrums, go to Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Chair Ken Grein actually praised last year’s graduation rate slippage.

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Andrew Barbano is a 43-year Nevadan and editor of E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.

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