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Good will to Boise, St. Louis and Nepal
by Andrew Barbano
Dec 06, 2012 | 2752 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Washoe school trustee-elect Howard Rosenberg said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe recently-inflated high school graduation rates, something I exposed last April and to which former education boss Heath Morrison admitted —after he blew town.

Responding to Reno Gazette-Journal writer Ray Hagar and Nevada Newsmakers host Sam Shad, Rosenberg added that Morrison spent way too much time on public relations. Wow, a refreshing voice — as Rosenberg was for 12 years on the university board of regents. (See the Barbwire.US Pulitzer Archive.)

At a candidates debate, only Rosenberg expressed belief in evolution.

In a show of hands, he strongly raised his arm. A few others sheepishly wiggled up, then quickly shriveled. Most moved not. Some were elected.

Dream girls. Former American Civil Liberties Union advocate Rebecca Gasca is en route to India after being named a legislative fellow of the U.S. State Department. From New Delhi, she journeys to Kathmandu, Nepal, one of the late Tribune columnist Travus T. Hipp’s favorite places.

In Nepal, “we will spend two weeks meeting with government and civil society leaders in an effort to build relationships and better understand their methods of policy making and community collaboration. From there, I will continue my journey, by myself but on an official visa, to the small Himalayan country of Bhutan in order to study ‘Gross National Happiness,’ their national well-being indicator. (They do not use Gross National Product or Gross Domestic Product, as all other countries do).”

You may follow her blog linked to this column at

At ACLU, Gasca was succeeded by Vanessa Spinazola, an immigrant from Louisiana--which means she moved from west of Mississippi to Mississippi West.

Christian holiday giving. UNR’s football team generously gave away its game to our brethren from Boise State last Saturday. On Sunday, Wolf Pack alumnus Colin Kaepernick similarly donated the 49ers’ contest to the beloved St. Louis Rams. Coach Chris Ault must feel doubly blessed. Alleluia.

Heavyweight voting. In 2011, I compiled a list of the 11 most powerful Nevadans. Veteran Las Vegas Review-Journal capital bureau reporter Ed Vogel wondered why I failed to include Gomorrah South casino owner Sheldon Adelson. I guess I’m allergic to thinking about the madcap mogul. Send your nominations for the 12 most powerful of 2012.

Vote for the Donald. I closed this political season undefeated. I got re-elected to a second term as first vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP and I nominated and facilitated the election of Guy Richardson to the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame. Both the late RGJ writer and the abovementioned Mr. Vogel made it on their first tries.

Looking over the NPA rogues gallery, I found another glaring omission: legendary photographic superstar Don Dondero (1920-2003) whose work appeared worldwide, including this newspaper. So today starts the campaign to install Big Don. Send me your memories and endorsements.

Happy High Holly Days.

Be well. Raise hell.

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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