Journalism schools should be abolished
Emory College in Atlanta is closing its journalism program. All other journalism programs in the country should do likewise. “It’s not our job as a liberal arts college to simply train people to be professional journalists,” Emory Arts & Science Dean Robin Forman said. He’s right about abolition. But the biggest problem is that major J schools are hag-ridden with PhDs, scholars and theorists. They teach “coding,” “aggregated content” and soci...
Protecting ‘sacred’ institutions, not kids
The pedophilia scandals over the past decade have a common seamy thread: institutions protect their reputations at the expense of children. The Roman Catholic Church became notorious for pedophilia by priests. Penn State officials covered up serial pedophilia. Newly released “perversion files” of the Boy Scouts reveal decades of “a corrosive culture of secrecy” that failed to protect kids. Now the venerated BBC of Britain protected sexual abu...
Dreams of Redemption on All Saints Day
Here’s a presidential candidate I can and cannot support. “We have majority support in poll after poll on nearly all of the key issues, from downsizing the military budget and bringing the troops home, to taxing the rich, to stopping the Wall Street bailouts, to breaking up the banks, to ending the offshoring of jobs, to supporting workers’ rights, to increasing the minimum wage, to health care as a human right, through Medicare for all. These...
Every writer needs stern editors
Today’s sermon is on editing, an oft-told tale but one that needs constant retelling. Namely: all writers need a demanding editor no matter how long they have been professionals. I have been writing for 65 years, beginning with high school and college sports. Yet still today I see my columns in print and wish I had changed a word, rephrased a sentence or deleted a line. What would a vigorous editor say of the following beginning of a recent ca...
Barack Obama for President
The choice should be clear — President Obama should have four more years to cleanup the mess he inherited from G.W. Bush and the divided Republican party.
We don’t need no education, Part XII
I made the supreme sacrifice for the children on Monday night, forsaking the Giants-Cardinals game for a Washoe County school board debate. UNR Prof. Howard Rosenberg and Reno City Councilman Dave Aiazzi were the unquestioned alpha dogs. Former university regent Rosenberg said he is running because nine of 10 Washoe students admitted to UNR need to take bonehead remedial courses and three in 10 drop out freshman year. I asked how many supporte...
Tweedledum running against Tweedledee
Ditto, said Tweedledum. Ditto, ditto, cried Tweedledee “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate for president in the Nov. 6 election, is outrageous. President Obama, the Democratic nominee for re-election, is just another shabby politician. Romney is hollow, Obama is all rhetoric. Romney is a sneering plutocrat, Obama is a great betrayer. Neither will change fundamental policies at home and abroad. Rambo Obam...
Union refs, teachers win big
Unionism, battered nationally for a decade, scored two glorious victories recently. The National Football League Referees Association defeated the pinch-penny owners and the Chicago Teachers Union beat the corporatist mayor of Chicago. The NFL was humiliated by an outpouring of outrage by fans, players and coaches because of egregious incompetence by scab referees. The scabs not only botched many calls in three weeks but sorely damaged the int...
Apathy is never having to say you’re sorry
Voter registration closes shortly and responsible citizens encourage it. Whadda they know? Nationally, about three in four of those eligible to register actually do. About six in 10 (and often fewer) bother to show up. So decisions get made by roughly four in 10 (60 percent of 75 percent) of those eligible, about half of whom are on the winning side of any race. So every vote you cast on the prevailing side actually represents about five citiz...