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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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.
Ray Bradbury, the dean of mid-20th century “Science Fiction,” once observed that when it is time for railroads, someone will invent trains.
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.