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This ain’t my first rodeo

Trevor Brazile ropes and ties a calf in 8 seconds in 2009. As the National Finals Rodeo returns to Las Vegas on Dec. 2, I recall that the closest I ever came to rodeoing was the time Grandpa Hicks put me on his horse Skeeter and sent me down to the lower pasture to bring …

The real meaning of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is rich in traditions. The turkey. The dressing. The pumpkin pie. The family assembled in prayerful reverence in remembrance of the plight of the early settlers of this country — much of which is complete fiction. The Plymouth colonists set out to live in an idealistic communal fashion. Everyone would share equally in the …

How Nevada became the 36th star on the U.S. flag

36-star U.S. flag Today Nevadans celebrate Nevada Day. On this day in 1864 Nevada became a state. Not only was Nevada “Battle Born,” as the flag proclaims, it was battle bred and born after a remarkably short gestation during the Civil War. With Southern states seceding from the Union, in March 1861 President James Buchanan …

How Nevada became the 36th star on the U.S. flag

36-star U.S. flag Today Nevadans celebrate Nevada Day. On this day in 1864 Nevada became a state. Not only was Nevada “Battle Born,” as the flag proclaims, it was battle bred and born after a remarkably short gestation during the Civil War. With Southern states seceding from the Union, in March 1861 President James Buchanan …

Difference of opinions and equal opportunity foul-ups

Today the print editions of he morning newspaper and the insert from a former newspaper carried contrasting lede editorials on whether Clark County School Superintendent Jesus Jara should be allowed to keep his job as the matter comes up at today’s school board meeting. The R-J points out that student achievement under Jara has been …

Climate change or return to climate norm?

Vice President Kamala Harris used the white ring around Lake Mead as a visual for her claim that the federal government must spend trillions of dollars to combat climate change. In reporting on the Monday event, the morning newspaper flatly stated, “Over the past 20 years, Lake Mead’s water level has declined by about 150 …

Happy Constitution Day

Today marks the anniversary of one of the most propitious days in the history of this country. On this day in 1787, the representatives at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the Constitution. It was ratified by the states and went into effect on March 4, 1789. You remember the Constitution don’t you? That’s the …

Happy Constitution Day

Today marks the anniversary of one of the most propitious days in the history of this country. On this day in 1787, the representatives at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the Constitution. It was ratified by the states and went into effect on March 4, 1789. You remember the Constitution don’t you? That’s the …

Book review: ‘Saints, Sinners and Sovereign Citizens’

The battle for dominion over vast swaths of public land in Nevada and the West was thrust into the headlines and public awareness by the armed standoff at the Bundy family’s Bunkerville ranch a couple of years ago when federal agents rounded up the ranch’s cattle for auction to cover unpaid grazing fees. Longtime Nevada …

Our day that will live in infamy

Where were you on September 11, 2001 — 20 years ago? I wrote on the Sunday following that day of infamy: “I sat down at my computer at about 6 a.m., unfolded the newspaper and switched on the television. There was smoke pouring from the top of one of the unmistakable landmarks of New York …

Book review: Nevada brothers blazed a different trail in 1930

There is something a lot of Nevadans are full of. No, not that. Gumption. It took gumption for the first settlers to come West and they passed that trait on to subsequent generations. Take the example of two brothers from Winnemucca, who in the throes of the Great Depression in 1930 decided to load up …

Hiroshima anniversary: Lives lost vs. lives saved

At AP is reporting from Tokyo about the 76th anniversary of the U.S. dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The Aug. 6, 1945, bombing killed 140,000 people. A second bomb three days later on Nagasaki killed another 70,000, but days later Japan surrendered and ended World War II. But lest we forget, that bombing saved …

If it saves one life …

In January 2013, then-President Barack Obama said, “If there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.” A month later he tweeted, “If we save even one life from gun violence, it’s worth it.” In a …

Apple Will Scan All IPhones for Illegal Child Abuse Images, Sparking Privacy Debate

Apple announced Thursday is it planning to scan all iPhones in the United States for child abuse imagery, raising alarm among security experts who said the plan could allow the firm to surveil tens of millions of personal devices for unrelated reasons. In a blog post, the company confirmed reports saying that new scanning technology is part of a suite...

Opinion | Donald J. Trump: Why I’m Suing Big Tech

One of the gravest threats to our democracy today is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with government to censor the free speech of the American people. This is not only wrong—it is unconstitutional. To restore free speech for myself and for every American, I am suing Big Tech to stop it. Social media has...

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November 26, 2021

Trevor Brazile ropes and ties a calf in 8 seconds in 2009. As the National Finals Rodeo returns to Las Vegas on Dec. 2, I recall that the closest I ever came to rodeoing was the time Grandpa Hicks ... See more

November 26, 2021

Thanksgiving is rich in traditions. The turkey. The dressing. The pumpkin pie. The family assembled in prayerful reverence in remembrance of the plight of the early settlers of this country — much ... See more

November 1, 2021

36-star U.S. flag Today Nevadans celebrate Nevada Day. On this day in 1864 Nevada became a state. Not only was Nevada “Battle Born,” as the flag proclaims, it was battle bred and born after a ... See more

October 31, 2021

36-star U.S. flag Today Nevadans celebrate Nevada Day. On this day in 1864 Nevada became a state. Not only was Nevada “Battle Born,” as the flag proclaims, it was battle bred and born after a ... See more

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