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Laughable horse herding practices
You don‘t have to be a liberal horse hugger to appreciate the unadulterated economic nonsense of the Bureau of Land Management’s mustang roundup.
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Saving the children
Laws to "protect our children" will be yet another abuse of parental rights.
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Problems don’t solve themselves
About a month ago, I received an e-mail from the Clark County School District asking me to provide a reference for a friend who had applied for a job as a substitute teacher. In speaking with my friend, her goal was admirable: make change in a student’s life. My friend Andrea had an interview that was less than 20 minutes long and then was asked to obtain references. When she thought the entire process was completed — all I’s dotted and T’s cr...
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Educational problems start at home
To understand Nevada’s educational problems you need to first understand that the economy of Nevada is based in large part on the tourism industry. Tourism, by definition, presupposes that people come to our state to do and see things they can experience in no other place and do these things for very little cost. To keep the tourist experience cheap, workers are many and wages are low. To provide this experience for our tourists, the industry ...
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Sen. Reid: Swimming in the cathouse
Sen. Harry Reid caught the nation’s eye when he addressed the Nevada Legislature last week. Besides the usual political rhetoric, posturing and bloated arrogance of most politicians, Reid indicted himself with his own words and left most of us wondering what kind of medication he is taking. Reid spouted out his concern for job growth, the development of our natural resources and the need to create new business opportunities. At the same time, ...
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Too Cool for School
Since moving to Nevada three and a half years ago, I have heard a lot about how lousy the state’s schools are. With terrible graduation rates and test scores, it seems that Nevada is full of idiotic children and incompetent teachers. As a result, various leaders say, the state is well on its way to complete and utter collapse. This has prompted me to think a lot about my own education, from elementary school to high school. Admittedly, I do no...
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Cowboys and Indians
Some eminent sportswriters assert that pro football has surpassed baseball as our national sport. Wrong. This adolescent country’s principal pastime is playing cowboys and Indians. If anything crosscuts all that is American, it’s our perpetual perpetuation of childhood games. Life is a neverending movie of good guys solving all the world’s problems by shooting them. I got into an argument with a conservative friend of mine about the Wisconsin ...
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Arab revolts expose U.S. hypocrisy
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works ye Mighty and    despair!”                                                                 ­ —Shelley’s “Ozymandias of Egypt” Ramesses II, called Ozymandias by the Greeks, was one of the most powerful pharoahs. He reigned from 1279 to 1213 B.C. His legacy in the Shelley version: his monument toppled and buried in the desert sand, his “mighty works” of cities and temples forgotten. Egypt...
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The state’s wild horses
Court is in session. The court of public opinion, that is. While the legal battle for the future of Nevada’s wild horses gallops on, both sides attempt to try their case in the court of public opinion with the beleaguered Bureau of Land Management lost in a political dust cloud. For the self-appointed protectors of the horses, a generally liberal group, the forced removal of the animals has been documented as inhumane. The horses’ survival hin...
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Lady Gaga: not ‘going my way’
Watching “60 minutes” on Sunday night is more of a ritual than a habit. But if Andy Rooney isn’t mentioned in the lead — “Those stories and Andy Rooney ...” — the ritual sometimes becomes a bad habit. Victimized by my own addiction, I watched Anderson Cooper’s interview with Lady Gaga preceding the latest Grammy awards on the same CBS network. The segment was a good example of media hype, corporate promotion and a “tease” leading to the Grammy...
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Feminist traitor
My friend Cristina calls herself a “confused feminist” — a career-driven superwoman who doesn’t consider it an insult to go home at the end of the day and play happy 1950s housewife. I was raised by a “happy 1950s housewife” without a feminist bone in her body. As a child of the 1980s I somehow got confused along the way when it came to my feelings about powerful women. I liked the idea of women having as much power as they want. What I didn’t...
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Dad could have used collective bargaining
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s push for legislation to eliminate collective bargaining for all state workers has sparked endless protests. One supporter of the governor’s action was filmed commenting that he didn’t pay taxes to be used for state workers’ retirement. He probably didn’t hesitate to send his kids to school so someone else could look after them or take his paid vacation, which teachers don’t get, or take his lunch hour or coffee br...
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Too Old to Work, Too Young to Die
Who will take care of you, how’ll you get by, When you’re too old to work and too young to die? — Joe Glazer Welcome to the revolution. Looks like the WikiLeaks-fueled fire that figuratively and literally started in Tunisia is spreading from the near- and middle-east to Main Street, USA. It’s about goddam time! The hellfires of Wisconsin will reach Carson City and Gomorrah South at high noon on President’s Day. Demonstrators will gather in fro...
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The Voice of Rural Nevadans
Rural Nevadans have never been shy about making themselves heard. At times their collective voice is all that keeps them from being flattened for the sake of political expediency. These days my neighbors on Mount Charleston are shouting their displeasure with Gov. Brian Sandoval. I’m surprised his ears aren’t burning in Carson City. They filled Lundy Elementary School recently to discuss and protest the plan by Sandoval to close Nevada Divisio...
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Plumb wore out
The number crunchers in the federal burrows have come forth with yet another statistically based plan for the future that will not work and should not be tried. This time it is the special commission on the deficit whose draconian remedies include re-adjusting the retirement age for Social Security by a couple of years soon and another jump later in the decade. This plan is based on the latest actuarial calculations that predict survival to th...
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The power of the trees
From age 4 to 14, I lived in the real Northern California. The San Francisco area is often referred to as “Northern California” by those who don’t realize the state extends for hundreds of miles north. I love San Francisco, but most people think that beyond the Golden Gate Bridge there’s nothing there. The truth is there is not a lot there in terms of civilization. The thing that is there is trees. Many, many trees. The town I lived in is call...
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The Lost Art of Writing
The Dumbest Generation cares little for history books, civic principles, foreign affairs,    comparative religions and serious media and art — a brazen disregard of books and reading. — Mark Bauerlein  in “The Dumbest Generation” Few things are more depressing for a professor than the inability of students to write well. Their writing is murky, repetitious, ungrammatical, irrelevant, inaccurate and too long. They have no idea what it means to ...
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Teachers are our whipping boys
With the Nevada Legislature now in session and rumbling about major cutbacks reaching a new pitch, it’s time once again to engage in the biennial sport of kicking education— teachers specifically — in an effort to show their worthlessness for all to see. Johnny and Suzy aren’t passing their standardized tests at the levels they should and they aren’t graduating from high school in effective percentages, so we should cut back funding for the ed...
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Egypt: bribery, corruption, dictators and betrayal
In their struggle for political independence, human rights, national pride and personal freedom, the Egyptian people demonstrated to the world how sheer collective resolve and individual determination can topple a dictator and change world politics. Following the example of India’s Gandhi and our own Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s strategy of peaceful and nonviolent protests, the Egyptians have shifted the balance of power in the region from th...
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More punishment, less progress
I don’t envy Gov. Brian Sandoval’s position. He has taken control of a state that is broke and is at the bottom of the barrel in numerous categories. How is he going to turn this around? He said he is going to cut spending on education while at the same time he intends to increase spending on prisons. This is completely backwards. It is common knowledge that the better educated are our youth, the less likely they are to end up in prison. It al...
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