Sandoval, César Chávez and the Grateful Dead
"When your children and grandchildren take their place in America, going to high school and college and taking good jobs at good pay - when you look at them, you will say, 'I did this. I was there, at the point of difficulty and danger'. And though you may be old and bent from many years of labor, no man will stand taller than you when you say, 'I marched with César'." -- Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Almost half a century has passed since RFK utt...
Chavez: one of history’s great revolutionaries
America’s corporate media treated the recent death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez with the good riddance sigh of the sudden disappearance of the black plague. The major U.S. media, owned by six corporations, constantly misinformed and vilified him. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research pointed out that “media reporting was effective in convincing most Americans that Venezuela was a ruinous dictatorship.” Incredibly,...
Last Supper shows universal genius of Leonardo
LEONARDO AND ‘THE LAST SUPPER’ By Ross King Walker & Company, 275 pages, 2012 “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is the most famous painting in the world. It has been copied in many ways among, them oil on canvas, paint on wood, on molded terra cotta and on marble. It stars in wax museums and hangs in countless homes. “Over the centuries it has been depicted in illuminated manuscripts, carved in ivory and on stone and woven into tapestries...
Papa Francisco Primero: !Viva La Revolución!
Network TV commentators have only gingerly shot around the edges as to what the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio can mean to Catholics, ex-Catholics, recovering Catholics (Sinead O’Connor, call your office) and the world at large. Herewith, my humble comments, informed in my youth by the hard-assed Christian Brothers (only occasionally with their wine) and the Sisters of the Holy Cross I didn’t become editor of my high scho...
Abortion: Killing our children
The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 (Roe v Wade) to legalize the right of women to have an abortion has led to philosophical debate, moral indignation, religious opposition, mystical rationalization and political rhetoric.
Petition pandering: Just Say No, a Nevada tradition
Nevada Democratic lawmakers have a historic opportunity to join their Republican colleagues in the kind of bipartisanship that always pays political dividends. In the grandest tradition of GOP grand dames Nancy Reagan and Barbara Vucanovich, they can just say no. Nevada has already promulgated a presumably successful campaign, implementing that time-honored approach to public policy. The Nevada State Division of Health, probably with (gasp!) O...
Papal resignation portends same old reaction
The abdication of Pope Benedict XVI, so rare it was last done six centuries ago, offers scant hope that the Roman Catholic Church will abandon its medieval philosophy. The same fossils who chose Benedict will choose his successor. Benedict refused to acknowledge how women actually live in the 21st century, how they repudiate church teachings. The church is adamantly against birth control, yet most Catholics worldwide practice it. Garry Wills, ...
The brutal law of unintended consequences
The Nevada teachers' business tax petition is poised to perpetrate the damndest legal scramble the state has ever seen. The legislature has until March 15 to pass the measure verbatim or it advances to the November 2014 ballot. For more than 100 years, petitions have been deemed passed if they win a simple majority of those voting on the issue. In 1980, Sen. Joe Neal, D-N. Las Vegas, ordered the Legislative Counsel Bureau to research a constit...
Guy Clifton at Good Old Days Club
The featured speaker at the February 15th meeting of the G.O.D. Club (Good Old Days) was Reno newspaperman Guy Clifton. His power point presentation and talk to the sold-out audience was about his most recent book effort, “Images of America RENO”. In essence what the book does is show important pictures with comprehensive captions. The photos themselves are categorized in nine classifications. They are: Favorite Sons and Daughters; Business an...
The Holy See of discontent
It’s bemusing to me how the smallest nation in the world (.02 square miles) has more power, influence and world-wide wealth than most members of the United Nations. A landlocked imperialistic nation with a population of about 700, mostly men, no equal rights for women, no voting rights for men and the seat of the self-proclaimed voice of God is about to enter the reality of the 21st century. The Vatican oligarchy is on the verge of restructur...
Labor law stacks deck against workers
Labor desperately needs the Employee Free Choice Act, a law that would allow workers to unionize and bargain collectively if the majority in a unit sign for it. But as labor law now stands, workers have to vote to approve a union. This allows companies to intimidate, threaten and fire workers who lead organizing drives. Workers are fired for such trivial reasons as affixing names of the “wrong candidates” on their bumper stickers. Companies al...
Dishonest Abe: white hood on a stovepipe hat
The case against term limits was validated this week by Washoe County Republican lawmakers. Inexperienced Minority Leader Pat Hickey and Assemblymember Randy Kirner advocated exemption of senior citizens from a proposed property tax increase to maintain and repair slumly schools. They apparently don't know about the Nevada constitutional provision that mandates "a uniform and equal rate of assessment and taxation." (Article 10, Section 1) That...
Death of print journalism greatly exaggerated
Four years ago pundits were proclaiming the death of print journalism, characterizing newspapers and magazines as “dead men still walking” in the Digital Age. I too preached that gospel of gloom and doom, even pontificating abroad by giving speeches in Athens and Oxford about anachronistic print journalism. Yet today newspapering is a healthy business. Sunday newspapers are fat, bulging with advertising stuffers. Media giants like Comcast, New...