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Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
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We don't need no education, Part 24
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-22-2013 Sparks Tribune / Updated 8-24 and 8-29-2013
Web extra — Bill O'Reilly's sex education

   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.

Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen

HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award



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HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award


The dead body of evidence is growing: Cutting school budgets increases graduation rates.

Sound too much like the discredited excuses justifying wholesale firings, cutting unemployment insurance and gutting government spending as remedies for recession?

As I predicted last year, it didn't take long before someone assumed cause-and-effect between education cuts and quality improvement.

On the 12 June 2012 edition of Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers TV show, local chamber of commerce coach Len Stevens said a lot of people are noticing that our education statistics continue to improve as the budget is slashed.

This week comes news from Washoe school boss Pedro Martinez that despite crippling budgetary mayhem, he will soon announce continued graduation rate improvement, as he did in Gomorrah South when he worked there for a year between Reno-Sparks gigs.

His predecessor/mentor, master statistical manipulator Heath Morrison, just announced a miraculous uptick in his first year ministering to the hicks in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Flaunting maximum chutzpah, he even bragged about his deck-shuffling.

Charlotte Observer education reporter Ann Doss Helms, who spent a week in Nevada researching Morrison's record, wrote that "Morrison introduced a door-to-door campaign to locate the hundreds of students a year who were listed as 'vanished,' along with those who had officially dropped out, and get them into school. If dropouts who are 18 or older enroll in the Washoe Adult High School, they are switched into the 'transfer out' category, which means they're removed from the calculation entirely, counting neither as graduates or dropouts..." (Barbwire 20 May 2012)

Wiping students off the books inflates graduation rates.

Washoe County commissioners new and old seemed charmed and relieved this week that Martinez is providing them with political cover for a school-maintenance tax hike.


Cutting the budget for school upkeep should make school buildings fix themselves — if you believe the Alice-in-Wonderland mushroom eaters of latter-day Reaganomics.

We Don't Need No Education
The neverending series


THE MORE THINGS CHANGE... This Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon, a rally will take place in front of Reno's Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse at S. Virginia and LIberty streets.

(UPDATE —> Event details and photos will be posted at, including how the court building's lawnmower man endangered some of the participants who had written permission to be on the federal sidewalk.)

It will mark the 50th anniversary of the fabled 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Organized by Sleeping Car Porters Union President A. Philip Randolph and activist Bayard Rustin, it provided the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the platform to proclaim his legendary call to action.

...THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME: The execution of Trayvon Martin continues to bring to the surface more vitriolic venom from freedom-loving racists and otherwise intelligent people than I have ever experienced in more than three decades of columny.

Jobs and justice remain elusive half a century down the road but hope springs eternal.

Remember as you slog through forest fire smog worthy of the seventh circle of Hell: Breathing is voluntary.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.


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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)


Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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Bill O'Reilly's Sex Education
Letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal / 8-16-2013

Editor, the Gazette-Journal:

In his latest column, ("Seize opportunity, not income, to help children," August 4), Bill O'Reilly forgot the first rule of cross-examination: Never ask a question for which you don't already know the answer.

"Where is the national campaign to discourage women from having babies out of wedlock?" he pined.

"Is the Department of Education doing anything about that? The media? Anyone?"

Mr. O'Reilly should seize the opportunity to discover that new-fangled thing called the Internet.

Failing that, he might watch more TV, since that's his principal business.

The same day his column appeared, a commercial promoting abstinence aired on local network TV channels.

The campaign from the Nevada Dept. of Health & Human Services is part of a multi-million-dollar federal grant program. Google at will.

Mr. O'Reilly was obviously not aware of the abstinence particulars. Regrettably, neither were his parents when they were young.

Andrew Barbano

—> This issue is expanded in the Barbwire of 21 August 2014


The Post-Dated Recession: Pay me now or pay me later
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Post-dated Recession
By Joshua H. Silavent / Daily Sparks Tribune / 5-3-2011

Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
Economic Policy Institute / 6-5-2012

Used in
journalist Mark Robison's extensive Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy (Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 Reno Gazette-Journal, page one, Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud. Not included in the RGJ online edition.

The Barbwire Labor Day column
Reno Gazette-Journal / 9-3-2012

Nevada Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place three years in a row.

The winning entries
Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck

Expanded from the 2-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
Expanded from the 1-10-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
And they wonder why the newspaper business is dying?


The Dean's List

   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.
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Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee, He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

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