Archive for May, 2008

Roll up, roll up for the Mystery Tour

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

There are precedents, though they’re weird. In some ancient cultures, we’re told it was customary to choose one or more citizens of the city and treat them as royalty for the period of one year. Freedom from labor, the best food and drink, a free hand with the temple prostitutes, whatever. Then — on some […]

Las Vegas a ‘bad town for books’?

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

In one of his murder mysteries based around the book-scouting and used book trade (hang onto those true first editions of “Booked to Die,” friends — around $700 and I wish I had one), former Denver bookman John Dunning refers to Las Vegas as a “bad town for books.” True enough, few folks come here […]

They Became Responsive

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Nevada’s university regents jumped at the chance when millionaire TV station owner Jim Rogers said he was willing to serve as chancellor of the state university system on an interim basis, a few years back, for little or not pay. After all, Mr. Rogers has proven more than capable of helping colleges and universities in […]

FAN MAIL ON THE PROPAGANDA CAMPS

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Dear Mr. Suprynowicz – Thank you for your article on education in the May 18 Review-Journal. I am just visiting your city and I’m very grateful to you for addressing what I see as our most pressing issue if we are going to solve any of the massive problems facing humanity. Besides the issues you […]

‘It took about three years to break most kids …’

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

A local reader writes in: “I have been reading your series of columns on schools with much interest and I’m in full agreement with you. But I was wondering if you are aware of what goes on in the Clark County school system in regards to the treatment of students, … policies and actions that […]

Real ‘threat’ is to industrial civilization

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Goosed by an environmentalist lawsuit seeking a decision by Thursday, the Interior Department Wednesday declared the polar bear a “threatened species,” saying it must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice caused by global warming. The department certainly couldn’t say it was because polar bear numbers are down. Both the Edinburgh Scotsman […]

Coyotes and ravens and wildcats, oh my

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Native Las Vegan Harry Pappas was appointed to the Bureau of Land Management Citizen Advisory Council by then-Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich. He later represented the State Rifle & Pistol Association on the Clark County Tortoise Advisory Council. “They said the (desert) tortoise was threatened, so they had to fence off these huge areas and shut out […]

What? Those magic beans called ‘ethanol’? Never mind

Monday, May 12th, 2008

For decades, sensible skeptics have warned that government tariffs and subsidies designed to encourage the conversion of corn to alcohol and requiring fuel distributors to mix this corrosive stuff into our gas tanks was not going to “solve the energy crisis,” reduce dependence on imported oil, or do anything helpful for “the environment” — unless […]

If you go to a garden party, I wish you a lot of luck

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Why a presidential caucus or primary? Last fall, officials for both “major” Nevada parties were loudly celebrating “all the new people this will bring into the process.” Then, when those people actually showed up at their state conventions this spring, chaos ensued. The Democrats hadn’t rented a big enough room for enough time to even […]