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Spies: How times have changed
Last week’s spy exchange between the United States and Russia reminded me of another publicized case of international espionage that took place in 1951. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, both Americans, were convicted of being foreign agents and forwarding secrets from the Manhattan Project to Russia. They were executed in the electric chair at Sing-Sing prison in 1953. The Rosenbergs were found guilty of giving the communists top secret information...
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Why we need a hike in gas prices
Times are tough and money is short, so why would I support an increase in gas prices? I support it because it is the best way to stimulate the economy with green technology and reduce our carbon output. Here is how it would work. Say the government fixed the base price of gasoline at $4 per gallon. Currently, the difference in price (about a dollar) would be put towards research and development of alternative fuels. If the price goes higher (a...
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Feeling betrayed by Hot August Nights
Bill Harrah was an absolute genius. He started a swap meet for car enthusiasts at the area that is now Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno and it evolved into the multimillion dollar extravaganza we now call Hot August Nights. Well, apparently, we better enjoy the ride because, according to local scuttlebutt, Reno will not have this golden goose to kick around any more after the year 2011. The principals deny it, but there is fear that those who ru...
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Hot August Nights is cooler here
About 10 years ago, a friend helped me get a job with a hot rod magazine headquartered in Southern California. I had no knowledge of cars whatsoever, but the casual atmosphere, decent pay and close proximity were all that mattered to me. My job was not to be a writer, but to edit the articles written by the guys who actually knew about cars. They wrote really technical pieces about engines and brakes and chopping and modifying and all kinds of...
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Hope fails eternal
“Don’t let the perfect become the enemy of the possible.” A popular cliché used to justify compromise in the political sphere, but one that bears challenge in these precarious times. To sell short what is obviously the good in order to achieve small gains, is to accept evil for convenience and image over truth. Ever since President Obama ran and won on the slogans of “hope” and “change,” I have been pondering the new hopefulness in America, an...
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The twisted ethics of sports, politics and rock ‘n’ roll
The apparent defection of the area’s major tourism, corporate welfare project provides poetic justice and overdue comeuppance to misguided town fathers and mothers. The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority saved Hot August Nights from bankruptcy and oblivion when the event went belly up in its second year, 1987. Organizers were so flush with the surprising success of the 1986 inaugural that they booked about twice as many rock ‘n’ rol...
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Roberts Court: Retrograde Five
President George W. Bush mercifully has left the White House but his Supreme Court legacy will plague the nation for decades. The court is a corporate and business body doing the bidding of the Republican Party. Proof: The court took the side of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 13 of 16 cases during the 2009-2010 term. It was ever thus as a new book by Jeff Shesol makes clear. Shesol’s “Supreme Power” details Franklin Roosevelt’s clash with cou...
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Breaking an election tie
Time will tell whether Nye County Commissioner Andrew “Butch” Borasky will carve out a place in the Nevada history books by distinguishing himself in public office. But one thing is certain: He’ll have to work overtime to get more national attention than he recently received for a simple successful cut of a deck of playing cards. By now, it appears just about everyone with a newspaper subscription, television set or Internet access has heard a...
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School year in review, part II: District dealing with the do...
Editor’s note: This is the second of two columns by education reporter Jessica Garcia examining the Washoe County School District’s actions for the 2009-10 school year.   Bad budget news reared its ugly head early on as the spring semester got underway. Despite multiple cuts made prior to the start of 2010, the district still had a $37 million shortfall to grapple with. Administrators went to the teachers union and managed to renegotiate some ...
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The biography of a shadow
The Fourth of July weekend celebration started late Friday afternoon in my neighbor’s backyard. The boxes of firecrackers were waiting for their official sendoff, the barbecue was fired up and the refrigerator on the patio was stocked with several different brands of beer. By the time the shadows from the sun disappeared, everyone was ready for Independence Day. My neighbor’s elderly aunt was sitting alone in the shade of the sycamore tree. Sh...
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Keep Reid in the game
Eighty-five percent of Nevada’s land is owned by the federal government. That means Congress pretty much manages most of the Silver State. We are experiencing one of the hottest senatorial contests in recent memory with the battle between Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate, and Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic candidate and 24-year incumbent. Each side, of course, finds fault with the other, as is want for any political campaign. I think i...
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GOP: to hell with workers
Americans like to boast that they have a great democracy. But like so many American boasts it is resoundingly false.
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Here’s an idea . . .
We reported this week that the city of Sparks has the opportunity to receive a federal grant of $2.3 million to hire 11 more firefighters.
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Interdependence Day 2010: Red, white and screwed
How stands Lady Liberty at age 234?
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Revolutionary times
Ray Bradbury, the dean of mid-20th century “Science Fiction,” once observed that when it is time for railroads, someone will invent trains.
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My cousin Barack
Do I think people are too sensitive? Yes. Do I think I may have overstepped the line? No.
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Good government: Kudos to Sparks’ volunteer weed abatement p...
Whenever you think of code enforcement or any kind of compliance mandated by government, there is usually some opposition by people who are most affected by regulations. But on July 12, the Sparks City Council is scheduled to hear a proposal by City Clerk Linda Patterson for a volunteer weed abatement program that should be noncontentious, approved by council and accepted by every resident of Sparks. Due to budget constraints, Sparks is limite...
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School year in review, part I: District is better than before
This is the first of two columns by Tribune education reporter Jessica Garcia examining the Washoe County School District’s actions for the 2009-10 school year. Today’s piece concentrates on district action in the first semester.
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Get drilled on drills
It all began on Sept. 9, 1947, when the first oil rig began pumping in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Main drag now just a drag
Summer is here again and it’s time to put the spit shine on Victorian Avenue. Or maybe Victorian Avenue is just getting spit on.
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