Good will to Boise, St. Louis and Nepal
Washoe school trustee-elect Howard Rosenberg said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe recently-inflated high school graduation rates, something I exposed last April and to which former education boss Heath Morrison admitted —after he blew town. Responding to Reno Gazette-Journal writer Ray Hagar and Nevada Newsmakers host Sam Shad, Rosenberg added that Morrison spent way too much time on public relations. Wow, a refreshing voice — as Rosenberg was...
Toulose-Letrec ‘steals’ Bay Area exhibition
SAN FRANCISCO —Exhibits of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists often reveal works I have never seen or “noticed” before despite decades of going to art exhibitions in America and Europe. So it is with the William Paley collection of 60 paintings showing through Dec. 30 at the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park here. The exhibit contains several gems. The best is Mme. Lili Grenier, an oil portrait by Toulouse-Lautrec painted in 1888....
The ABCs of George G
Last week in this space I submitted a formal obituary on behalf of my good friend of 44 years George Galante of Incline Village.
Why rednecks didn’t vote for Obama
At Tuesday’s Democratic Party revelry at Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort, I saw a couple of big hounds who didn’t belong there. One was howling and getting hard to control in the cacophony of the celebration. I expressed my concern to a party official and related that I had recently been attacked by a beast who tore a piece out of my side (and ruined my Tim Lincecum t-shirt). I was told that GSR is a “dog hotel” and to please keep quiet because the...
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.