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Barack Brian Obama Sandoval Carter
A few days ago, I got a very bleak prediction from a usually optimistic officeholder: The 2011 Nevada Legislature will fail to keep state and local governments and our educational system from pretty much collapsing. The people will be forced to take to the streets. Fine by me. I have long expressed admiration for peaceful popular uprising. The citizens of the Philippines and Ukraine earned everlasting respect for coming out by the thousands to...
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Status Quo of the Union
This week we heard a lot of “state of” speeches: the union, Nevada, education in Washoe County. All of them are annual traditions by the leaders of each entity to give constituents a flavor of what has been going on over the past year and what to expect before the next such speech. Every president has given this annual report to Congress in some form. George Washington gave the address in person but Thomas Jefferson thought it too kingly to do...
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Nevada Test Site at 60 years
Childhood trips to my grandparents’ mobile home in Indian Springs always included time in Grandpa Smith’s office, where he displayed his “keepsakes” with pride. There were Indian arrowheads and bottles turned purple by the sun. A few of grandma’s precious Indian baskets were on display. He had his favorite books and many family photographs, a gun cabinet with his hunting rifles, and a desk where he wrote letters, paid bills and had on file som...
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The Nation’s ‘GOP’ President
If President Obama moves any farther to the right he might as well switch to the Republican Party. Obama has abandoned all pretense of being the liberal Democrat his campaign in 2008 indicated. All that matters to him now is re-election. Obama’s State of the Union message Tuesday illustrated his failed presidency. It was long on rhetoric and short on proposals. He talked about the nation’s “Sputnik moment,” about thinking big, about daring to ...
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Taxi rider
Looking back on the first two days of media coverage following the attempted assassination of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, it is strikingly apparent that the majority of reporters believed that the prime suspect, Jared Loughner, was a modern version of the title character in the film “Taxi Driver” played by Robert De Niro.
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Re-elect President Rutherford B. Hayes?
The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) has verified that Rutherford B. Hayes officially has filed the necessary forms allowing him to solicit campaign funds for his bid to become the 45th president of the United States.
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Losing the fruits of a fluid society
The recession or depression or whatever you call it that has been dragging on has had many effects on our society. Unemployment and home foreclosures are the results of the downturn, which by many estimates is the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
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Resolving to travel this year
It’s a new year, and, of course, I have written a list of resolutions.
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Protecting Privacy
Anyone with a pulse remembers where they were the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Blame gun mayhem on lax laws
Arizona is the freest gun state in the union.
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SOS and Chicken Follytix
“Patriotism is for old women and little children. I’m here to protect my stockholders.”
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History can’t lie
I see where the Hollywood literati are decrying the failure of Americans to know, much less understand our relatively short national history.
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My race is ‘human’
Monday was the official observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. It also is the only national holiday the United States has honoring an individual who never served as president. That being said, I feel it is imperative for me to share my own civil rights experience. I was entering active duty in the Army in June 1969. King was assassinated in 1968. I was going to the deep South for the first time in my life. It took me a coupl...
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The curse of Tippecanoe, Tea Party and gun control
The massacre in Tucson, Ariz. last week has polarized the debate concerning gun control, political vitriol, rhetorical civility and the real strategy of the ultra-conservative Tea Party. Unfortunately, political assassinations, random killings and mass murders are increasing in what is called “the freest country in the world” precisely because we are the freest country in the world. Our Second Amendment right allows us to own firearms. But was...
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Not enough money to go around
As the 2011 Nevada legislative session approaches, all I hear is griping about funding cuts for government-subsidized programs. The schools need more money to provide quality public education. The libraries need more money to keep the doors open, providing computers and books to the community. The police department needs money for officers and equipment. The street and road departments need money. The cities of Reno and Sparks need money. Wash...
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Protect Nevada’s Western Heritage
I have concluded it’s a good thing Sue Wallis isn’t a welfare department director or superintendent of public schools. Wallis is a Wyoming rancher, state legislator and the vice president of a group called United Horsemen. Wallis and her group were among the sponsors of the recent Summit of the Horse event at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. “United Horsemen” and “Summit of the Horse” have proud, high-minded rings to them, don’t they? Unit...
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Narrow, Bleak Redneck Nation
Deer Hunting with Jesus By Joe Bageant 267 pages. Three Rivers Press. 2007 Redneck Nation has never been as well portrayed as by Joe Bageant. The reason: Bageant is an offspring of that nation. Joey, as he is called by the “natives,” was born and raised in Winchester in the Shenandoah Valley of northern Virginia. It’s as redneck as any area in America. The epitome of boobus Americanus. White trash. Crackers. “Mutt people.”  The unwashed. Trail...
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Still Sierra Pacific Powerful
We coulda been contenders. In 1980, future Sen. Randolph Townsend, my wife Betty and I trooped to Winnemucca and Elko to convince local governments to buy the CP National utility system. Sierra Pacific Power campaigned the old fashioned way — hosting steak fries and schmoozing the hicks into endorsing SPP acquisition. They wouldn’t even listen when eminent economist Dr. David Schwartz convincingly presented the case for hooking into the public...
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The center does not hold
The problem with inspiration is the time delay in achieving the worthy ends. Eloquence combined with insight can change the course of history, but only slowly, with the passage of time and the fading of memories. Seeking some compromise with opponents in some mythical centrist balance between competing ideologies is an intellectually appealing objective, but it ignores history in favor of a futuristic fantasy of their imagining. Perhaps it was...
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Leave it to the offended
An important part of creating a newspaper is writing catchy headlines. Attracting readers’ eyes is not easy these days when there are so many sources vying for attention. Selling the printed word is difficult when competing against the latest TV pundit’s scare tactics, the small-screen drama of teen moms and their white trash families or the most revealing celebrity skin. On the pages of the Sparks Tribune, I work to write headlines that at le...
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