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...
Out of date
The age of empires depended on a vast gap in technology and social organization and once any tribal chieftain in some dark continent backwater could use a cell phone to order satellite television for his village, it was pretty much all over.
My Life as a Marathon: Exhaustion and exhilaration
Sometimes you set out running at full speed, not knowing what is ahead of you. Despite the uncertainty and butterflies in your stomach, you do it anyway. That, for me, was the 28-hour, 27-minute Reno Tahoe Odyssey Adventure Relay. The 178-mile run winds through downtown Reno, west to Verdi, past Stampede and Boca reservoirs, through Truckee, around the rolling tree-lined hills of Lake Tahoe, down into the Carson valley, through Virginia City a...
Butchering our honored anthem ‘The Star Spangled Banner’
Watching sporting events is a national pastime for many of us. Before the games begin, our national anthem usually is sung out of respect for our national heritage. The anthem is a symbol of our courage, bravery and valor during the Revolutionary War. In reverence to our legacy and the American flag, we place our right hand over our heart and reflect on the words and meaning of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But over the years, the anthem has ev...
World Cup runneth over
World Cup soccer is in full swing. The entire world literally is glued to any and every television or radio broadcast concerning the games and their outcomes 24 hours a day. The United States has even finally come out of its soccer (or football, as the world calls it) closet and embraced the sport more than it ever has. For the uninformed, the World Cup is the Super Bowl of soccer. The World Cup is held every four years. The only reason I beli...
Welcome to the Big Top
Money and politics have been sharing a bed together since the first politician denied that he would be running for public office and then proceeded to solicit donations anyway.
Thumbs up, thumbs down
One Sunday a month, the Sparks Tribune will provide a roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval.
Israel obstacle in Mideast
White House reporter Helen Thomas, asked to comment on the latest Israeli crime, erupted angerly: “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine!”
Chicks up front
One of the few benefits of aging is the perspective it offers from experience. I remember it well is more than just a phrase.
The most contentious political race in Nevada history
The general outcome of last week’s primary election wasn’t any great surprise. Republican Don Gustavson defeated County Commissioner Bob Larkin handily in his bid for state Senate District 2 seat in Carson City. Gustavson will have his hands full challenging Democrat Allison Edwards in this race. Gustavson is a termed-out state assemblyman. His claim to fame is his habitual “no” vote on almost all new legislation and his ongoing failed attempt...
If I knew then what I know now
My Saturday morning was busy. I hurried to photograph the free fishing day at the Sparks Marina, arriving early in hopes of capturing that moment of surprise on a child’s face when a fish finally takes the bait. I waited, moved from family to family along the south bank of the marina, waiting for that moment. It never happened, or at least I wasn’t able to capture it to accompany reporter Sarah Cooper’s story. Rushing from the marina back to t...
Flag Day unfolded
Monday was Flag Day. I hope everyone flew the Stars and Stripes on that day to show respect not only to the flag, but also to our country. The flag shouldn’t be torn, dirty or tattered. It should be bright, crisp and clean to show proper deference. It really irks me to see a dirty, torn or tattered flag flying anywhere. I know flags are expensive, but either fly the banner properly or don’t fly it at all. We do a lot of things with the flag ot...