Remembering another local school murder
The relentless coverage of the recent killings at Sparks Middle School ignored a previous school murder. On May 4, 1972, Libby Booth Elementary Principal Virgil Ouren, 33, met in his office with a teacher, an administrator and a secretary. Ouren was shot three times with a 22-caliber pistol, twice in the head, once in the lower back, killing him instantly. Reno police said the meeting concerned a personnel problem. A guard was placed on Superi...
Grim cigarette graphics needed
No one should smoke. The lesson has been hammered home again and again and again. The latest lesson comes from the European Parliament, voting to increase the size of warning labels on cigarette packs and pointing out that e-cigarettes and flavored cigarettes are just as dangerous. But those measures are not enough. What is needed are the graphic warning labels the Congress authorized the Food and Drug Administration to print four years ago. U...
The bloody guns of October fire on November
April lost both her virginity and her title in Nevada. October now stands triumphant as our cruelest month. Ah, October, October, the time of pretty girls, golden beer, football hopes and hoop dreams-brilliant colors lightening leaves that bounce brightness into the eyes of booby beauties bustling and trundling toward an intemperate arena. But baseball dies every October, the springtime hope of April squished. Now, our fantasy fall has fallen....
Top Sparks cop bungles school shooting report
The constable has blundered. — Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo in 1961 The annals of U.S. crime are full of miscarriages of justice and mistakes by police officers. Innocent men accused of murder have been hanged. Other men have been wrongly convicted of rape and armed robbery. Still others have been wrongly sent to prison for decades. Far less serious, but aggravating to media reporters, columnists and commentators, is police withholdi...
Outrage over Redskins name silly political correctness
Sports columnists and TV commentators, wanting to show righteous rage over anti-racism, are howling over the nickname of Washington’s National Football League team. But the nickname, Redskins, is hardly a pejorative like racist names of yesteryear: “spic,” “wop,” “dago,” “kike” and “nigger.” The outrage over Redskins is political correctness run amok. The picture of the Native American on the Redskins’ helmet is dignified and noble. NFL Commis...
A shotgun wedding for the lady in the red dress
Out west lives an eccentric old lady. Sometimes you can glance at her and see flashes of what she was when she was young and unspoiled, wild and free. But there is an old sadness in her eyes. Men came and violated her one night more than a hundred years ago. The fear is still there. Once in awhile, she still walks the streets of Washington, DC, and, occasionally, she still gets invited in — but only to be used again. The old lady has little le...
The vaunted signature piece of legislation long promoted by the President, which is commonly known as Obamacare, had a disastrous rollout. Not only could applicants not access the website which went online Oct. 1 but also there were many instances where the site totally crashed. As the first two or three weeks of Obamacare’s introduction dragged on, things seemed to get worse and worse. The contractors whom Health Secretary Sebelius had hired ...
RGJ: half right, all wrong
Last week’s editorial in the Reno Gazette Journal arguing for Sparks police to release the name of the young boy who shot two students, killed a teacher and then killed himself at Sparks Middle School, lowered the usually high standard of its editorial board and had no merit. They claimed the community has the right to know the name and identity of the juvenile so we can understand what led to the shooting. That is not true. We the public do...
Let's persuade Apple to start making i-Guns here
Apple Computer is the most valuable, rich and famous company in the world. Its brand has replaced longtime global leader Coca-Cola. And who was IBM? The Jobs Corp. has just released a passel of new products including the iPhone5s, which offers the ultimate safeguard against the growing and sometimes lethal crime of cel-phone theft. The i-5s will only work for the person whose fingerprint is scanned into it. Such a system wouldn't fly for one o...
British defy UN mandates on colonial possessions
Colonialism no longer dominates the world but its evil spirit still exists. The British seized Gibraltar in 1704. Four centuries later, the Brits are still squatting on Spanish land, a 2.5 miles long and three-quarter mile wide isthmus jutting into the Mediterranean. The UN General Assembly approved decolonization of the “Rock” in 1963. Yet the 28,000 Britishers in Gibraltar voted —hardly a surprise — to remain part of the British Empire. Spin...
Bob Carroll to be roasted
One of this area’s most iconic and legendary performers on radio and TV, Bob Carroll, is scheduled to be roasted at a special event on Friday, Oct. 25.
Top 10 reasons Nevada dwells in the 19th Century
10. THE COWBOY MYTH. Cowpokes out with their critters can't be bothered with mundane nuances of government. 9. NEVADA IS NOT REALLY A STATE. Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia would have worked as one country. As three, they have long suffered. The same thing happened with the Utah Territory. In 1850, the future states of Utah, Colorado and Nevada (minus Clark County) comprised one entity that made political and economic sense. Separately, Nevada becam...
Elder college often disappoints, undermines its aim
Shakespeare seems to bring out the worst in reverential people: the obtuseness, the dullness and hyped-up presentation of a poet and dramatist who needs no glamorization. Some people believe that Shakespeare can only be understood in a modern version. Thus, the line from “Macbeth,” “The night is long that never finds the day,” is rendered in one modern version: “A new day will come at last.” The modernized version is prose: flat and dull. It i...