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County school board needs to go
The State of Nevada was ranked 50th in the nation for graduation rates. An independent study found the state graduation rate to be 54 percent and not the state’s self-calculated rate of 67 percent. Here in Washoe County, the graduation rate was calculated at 75 percent (probably self-calculated).
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Giants will walk among us again
History does no good unless you can apply its wisdom to current problems.
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Everybody loves a sex scandal
When soon-to-be ex-governor of New York Eliot Spitzer took the stage last week to announce that he was resigning because he couldn't keep his wallet closed and his pants on, I can guarantee that one thing dominated the minds of every American man.
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Sunshine Week: It's not just about journalists
Just inside the front door of the Nevada Capitol, where they have a view of everyone who enters or leaves, are the busts of two of the state's best-known modern-day journalists.
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Ballot initiatives and non-democratic Democrats
Ballot initiatives, like government itself, are dangerous necessities and, consequently, should be utilized sparingly.
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Alas, poor Nader, now at nadir
"Every hero becomes a bore at last." —Emerson, essay on "Uses of Great Men" Ralph Nader has become a national joke, like Harold Stassen. Stassen sought the Republican nomination for president nine times from 1948 to 1992. Nader, announcing his fifth try for president as an independent or a third-party candidate, reveals his utter lack of class. As Katha Pollitt of The Nation says, he will go down in history "as the world's most irritating vani...
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Schools, shots and autism
It is now firmly established that most of us will die of something we did years ago.
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Politics will be the end of the world
We had all better go out and purchase a really good set of seat belts to fasten on whatever chairs we sit in to watch television. The reason is that the end is near. The Republicans now have their “presumptive” presidential front runner and the Democrats will be close behind them, or so we think, and we had better be ready for the end. The reason we need the seat belts and had better be ready is that when and if all this commentary and banteri...
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Hunger at home
Are people going hungry in northern Nevada? If they are, who are they? The answer to the first question is a resounding “Yes” and they aren’t the people you would necessarily expect to need food assistance. A survey in 2005 revealed that over 58,000 people received support from local food pantries and meal sites in northern Nevada. Many people assume that these people must just be the homeless who are unwilling to work. But a key finding of th...
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Immigrants are not ruining our country, the minimum wage is
The Saturday morning sunshine beckoned the rototil, garden tools and manual labor. The tiller had just started biting into the mulch, churning the winter compost pile into real soil when the phone rang. It was a friend wanting to talk about politics. We don’t discuss politics too often because it seems to separate us for months at a time. After the usual pleasantries, she started to rant about illegal immigrants from Mexico and how they, in he...
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Traveling salesman syndrome
The elite, erudite and easily led effused with emotion at the passing of conservative icon William F. Buckley a few days ago.
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I’m getting too old for this
Here I sit at my desk on Saturday morning, my body weak and my brain trying to gnaw through my skull.
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'Remember the Alamo!' — American History 101
“I shall never surrender or retreat.” With this, his final dispatch, Lt. Col. William Travis sealed his doom – and immortalized himself as an American hero.
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Secular Turkey roiled by head scarves
Kemal Atatürk as a reform-minded young Turk saw clearly that the enemy was Islam.
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It's all relative
Time, the thief of life, is actually a construct of our minds, like most of the reality we think we observe each day.
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Is Sparks development for the greater good?
I wonder if Sparks is turning into Nevada’s answer to Never-Neverland. The Copper Canyon project has already gone belly up. It is in such dire straits that even in receivership they can’t generate a single bid for the project. Didn’t they have a sweet-heart deal on their sales tax revenues to assist them in their development? Sparks doesn’t even get any property tax from the mess now that they are belly up, or at least not as much as they woul...
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Who is funding the terrorists?
Bush has also stated that we have to stop the flow of financial aid to terrorists no matter where it comes from especially if it comes from other countries. Then why does Bush support Saudi Arabia?
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McCain’s train completely derailed
Several weeks ago, I wrote about Sen. John McCain’s train to the White House. I said McCain would be a good commander-in-chief if he were elected president. Even though I was always opposed to invading Iraq, I still thought his military background and prisoner of war experience would at least restore some integrity in the White House. It turns out I was wrong.
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Forget the war
Nationally, we are suffering from the same deterioration of outrage over the Iraq war. It has now been going on for half a decade, and we are so used to the daily drivel that passes for war coverage that we don’t even talk about the tactical situation in Mosul and Dyalla versus the intra Shiia struggle for control of Basra. Our dollar is weakening, inflation looms, baseball players take hormones, and global warming triggers huge blizzards in C...
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City should not co-sign notes
The Legends is starting to take shape and the list of potential tenants is impressive.
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