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Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth

Updated 8-11-2017 GMT

¡Viva Chávez!
César Chávez Celebration XVI / Celebración de César Chávez XVI
Saturday 31 March 2018
/ Sabado 31 de Marzo 2018

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Back to the Future —> Nevadans enjoy living in the past

     One look at the headlines hereinbelow and you will never again be able to say that Nevada doesn't care about education. We care a lot. We're just not willing to pay for it. 

     Getting somebody else to cover our markers was originally supposed to be the whole point of a gambling/tourism-based economy. Gambling constitutes the voluntary taxation of mostly somebody else's citizens. That's how follyticians find it so easy to go into partnership with the addictive vices—>booze, nicotine and other drugs both somewhat legal and sometimes illegal, sexual exploitation, the casting of lots and the rape and pillage of our lands, skies and waters.
      W.C. Fields once warned that "I will bend every effort to win and I come from a long line of effort benders."
     The gambling-industrial complex has bent us over, but good. Along with its fellow exploitive...er...extractive industry, mining, they have proven to be masterful tax avoiders, privatizing prurient profit while sadistically socializing their risk. No wonder I've been getting more anti-social the longer I've lived here.
     This latter-day Don Quixote is now well into his fifth decade of tilting at pretty much the same auld windmills. (See the War Rooms, below).
     I welcome newcomers, Sancho or otherwise. We need all the help we can get. But unless you dwell in the upper-middle or higher-income classes, you should really look toward moving somewhere else to educate your children.
     We possess the devices with which to cure our vices, we just choose not to.
     At Reno's Depression Deli in 1982, I said Nevada would eventually have to make a choice between becoming a for-real modern state or reverting back to the popular image we've never been able to shake, that of a wild west boomtown mining camp. We enjoy living in the romantic and largely mythological past. The last decade has seen us plunge headlong toward the 19th Century.
     To bend a cliché, Nevada really has just two kinds of people—>Ask yourself if you're part of the problem or part of the solution. Alas, most of us partake in both. So don't answer that one. Answer this: For what purpose do you think you ended up here in the High Desert Outback of the American Dream?
     Foolishly and fortunately, Don Quixotes and Sancho Panzas never take the advice foisted onto them countless times over endless time: Dream more impossible dreams but fight fewer unbeatable foes. And so it goes.
     What a long, strange trip it's been.
     Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.

Admiration and apologies to Pablo Picasso.

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune
UPDATE—>Bill Moyers: Shutdown is simply secession by other means

It's long been very personal: Blasts from our very checkered past
Fatal Conservatism: Killing our bodies and our minds
Expanded from the 4-2-2006 Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune
UPDATED 8-8-2006, 1-16-2008, 3-9-2008, 4-6-2008, 1-16-2011
, 1-16-2014

7-COME-11!
Barbwire wins 7th Nevada Press Association award


   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...
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   and a long red rose.
   Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
That's how it goes.
Everybody knows.


I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016


We don't need no education
The neverending series

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Bitter Lesson: Sierra Nevada College firings prompt union charges
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-10-2017

We don't need no dirty pictures
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-7-2017 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXXVII—>
Flint Michigan, Sparks-Reno style
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 6-28-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-29-2017

Education Dysfunction Part LXXVI—>
May Day for Labor Day
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-2-2017 Sparks Tribune

The Gorsuch Nonesuch: Poison Annie's Revenge
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-7-2017 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXXV—>
Year-end or end of times?
Smoking gun: throwing more money at public schools actually works
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-27-2016 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXXIV—>
We don't need no education
What's a little cancer or brain damage as long as graduation rate projections remain rosy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-13-2016 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXXIII—>
The Barbwire billion-dollar cure for what ails us
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-29-2016 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXXII—>
Toxins, turkeys, takeovers and true Nevadians
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-22-2016 Sparks Tribune

Distinguished Nevada educator Dr. Debra Feemster elected to Washoe County School District Board of Trustees

Education Dysfunction Part LXXI—>
If you voted early, read this and regret it
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-8-2016 Sparks Tribune

Stop making cents: How the sales tax became a monster
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 9-22-2016

Nailing it down: Rumor mill churns on school taxes
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 9-22-2016

Report: Rise in poverty threatens to further weaken Nevada education system
Ian Whitaker / Las Vegas Sun 7-7-2016

We'll be number one in just 140 years!
Still behind Mississippi — Nevada up one spot to 49th in education
Neal Morton / Las Vegas Review-Journal 6-20-2016

Reno Gazette-Journal manufactured WCSD open meeting law firestorm
Editorial by Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 6-9-2016

Education Dysfunction Part LXX—>
Students exposed to toxic, lead-laden, cancer-causing phony turf
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-7-2016 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXIX—>
Be careful what you wish for: Justice is a game
State Senate Republican Majority Leader: Funding at 1992 levels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-10-2016 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXVIII—>
New Washoe school super beats the same old drum
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-22-2016 Sparks Tribune

 

Nevadian hemlock: Cancer, brain damage & anti-education with a twist of racism

12-14-2015: Sparks council allows unlicensed plumbers & electricians

Faraday's fair name befouled in fallow fields of North Vegas
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-22-2015 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXVII—>
And we didn't even get kissed afterward
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks City Council Special online report 12-14-2015

Education Dysfunction Part LXVI—>
Don't diminish value of technical education
SAFETY WARNING: Sparks City Council votes Dec. 14 to allow unlicensed plumbers & electricians
Guest editorial from Stan Jones and Andrew Barbano
Reno Gazette-Journal online 12-10-2015 / Print edition 12-14-2015

Listen to radio campaign rallying Sparks workers & citizens
Featuring the voices of Jim McClain, Donna Lewis and Andrew Barbano


NAACP unanimously opposes removal of licensing standards

     WHEREAS the NAACP has always supported the need for an educated workforce,
     AND WHEREAS the City of Sparks is proposing to remove licensing qualification requirements for plumbers and electricians,
     BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Reno-Sparks NAACP opposes passage of Sparks City Council Agenda Item No. 10.2 on its 14 December 2015 agenda, which would remove all such licensing qualification standards.

— Passed unanimously at the 12-10-2015 Reno-Sparks NAACP general membership meeting

Education Dysfunction Part LXV—>
Dirty deeds done dirt cheap—again and again
Contact your Sparks councilcritters at (775) 353-2311.
Find ward maps and e-mail addresses at http://cityofsparks.us/city-services/mayorcouncil-and-manager/

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-8-2015 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXIV—>
Turf and training: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-1-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-2-2015

Education Dysfunction Part LXIII—>
On artificial turf, don't breathe unless necessary
Toxic turf all over town
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LXII—>
Sorcerer's apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Want minimum-wage plumbers and electricians building your house?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-17-2015 Sparks Tribune




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.

RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

Barbwire Nominee Guy Richardson elected to Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame on first try

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7-COME-11!
Barbwire wins seventh Nevada Press Association award

BRONZE 2016
4-28-2015
11-24-2015
1-19-2016

6-pack: BRONZE 2014
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake / 4-18-2013

The 2013 Loony Tunes Legislative Lexicon / 5-30-2013

The politics of media ga-ga boosterism / 3-20-2014

GOLD HAT TRICK
Barbwire wins third straight Nevada Press Association first-place award

The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008


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SUING FOR SCHOOLS
Updated 8-30-2011
Reruns on Carson-Dayton 226

Additional programs on Boulder City cable. Go to bcnv.org and then
go to the BCTV link.

If Reform Fails: Health Care, Jobs and Unions — new power to the people on the public airwaves

The program premiers were available to every television set in the region because of a high-mileage media hybrid.

The shows appeared on both commercial and community stations. The non-corporate entity produced the events, commercial TV greatly expanded distribution.

Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

Please spread the word and consider contributing to the cause online at ReSurge.TV.

You may also take the public option known as the U.S. Postal Service and send a check or money order to ReSurge.TV, P.O. Box 10034, Reno NV 89510.

Your contribution will help fund the distribution as well as ongoing efforts at developing new media, including a regional, non-corporate community radio station and the return of community television to Reno-Sparks-Washoe.

You are present at the creation of what I hope can become a new media model where the programming accurately reflects what's happening on the ground and the media impact is powerful enough to forcefully pass the message upward.

Thanks.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew


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Barbwire.TV:
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Daily Sparks Tribune 2-10-2008

The Barbwire's Greatest Hits
Highlights from radio days
mp3 file

BRONZE 2014
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake / 4-18-2013

The 2013 Loony Tunes Legislative Lexicon / 5-30-2013

The politics of media ga-ga boosterism / 3-20-2014

GOLD HAT TRICK
Barbwire wins third straight Nevada Press Association first-place award

Barbwire Nominee Guy Richardson elected to Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame on first try

Support Dondero next

 

Dirt cheap
Congress gave the new state of Nevada 4 million acres to pay for schools.
What happened to them?

Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-18-2013
Followup: Fighting over public lands: Does the public care?
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 11-5-2015

Under what authority? Nevada state treasurer plans exceptions to state school law
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 11-19-2015

Education Dysfunction Part LXI—>
Good news, bad news and Machine Gun Michele

Washoe County schools norovirus outbreak spreads
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-6-2015 Sparks Tribune

State findings support family in Sparks Reed High School bullying case
KRNV TV-4 NBC Reno / 9-30-2015

Sacramento mayor and Rheeactionary wife get right-wing millions to fund
private schools at taxpayer expense

Who's Funding Kevin Johnson's Secret Government?
Sister newspaper of Reno News & Review sued for seeking public information

By Dave McKenna / Deadspin/Gawker Media 9-18-2015

Cheering for cheating when jockocracy rules
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-15-2015 Sparks Tribune

Another lawsuit challenges religious school tax grants
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 9-17-2015

Parents file second lawsuit against Republican education privatization law
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 9-9-2015

Education Dysfunction Part LX—>
We don't need no education, biblical or not

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-8-2015 Sparks Tribune

Washington State Supreme Court: Charter Schools Are Unconstitutional
By John Higgins / The Seattle Times 9-6-2015

Save the Duncan/Traner Community Library
Open house and back-to-school celebration Saturday 8 Aug. 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1650 Carville Drive, Reno

Education Dysfunction Part LIX—>
Moving the needle and needling the weasels
Education funding hike non-existent / Confederate flags fly in Sparks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-21-2015 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LVIII—>
School, life, death, taxes and other high ironies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-14-2015 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LVII—>
All the news you never knew you needed to know
What education budget increase?
Barbwire by Barbano / Blue text represents substantial expansion from the Tuesday 7-7-2015 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LVI—>
Al Capone takes stock of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-16-2015 Sparks Tribune

César Chávez Celebration XIII / Celebración de César Chávez XIII
Tuesday 31 March 2015
/ Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
Highlights of the event at Circus Circus Reno

Education Dysfunction Part LV—>
We don't need no stinking wages!
Barbwire by Barbano / Special online legislative edition 2-26-2015

The skeleton of the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

BREAKING NEWS AND THEN SOME—>Feb. 19: Winnemucca school evacuated, all Feb. 20 classes cancelled.

Defrocked Washoe School Boss Pedro Martinez a finalist for Boston, Mass., job.
Will that jinx a potential Patriot Super Bowl repeat?

Education Dysfunction Part LIV—>
Parsing our parsimonious public pursers

New Washoe school boss announces she has ended former Superintendent Morrison's practice of cooking the books

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

Washoe school boss addresses NAACP

Education Dysfunction Part LIII—>
Gov. Veto El Obtusè talks some trash
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-20-2015 Sparks Tribune

Get Outta Dodge, Part Deux
ToljaSo Dept.—>Read the following late-breaking dispatches about The Music Man scoring tar and feathers in the Tar Heel country of North Carolina, then remember how Heath Morrison created a climate of fear here.
Take special note of the Barbwires of 5-13 and 5-20-2012

Bully boy run out on a rail
North Carolina reader: "They had the opportunity to hire locally, but chose to hire Officer Dangle from Reno 911." OUCHE!

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools general counsel recommended to the school board that Superintendent Heath Morrison be fired in a report completed days before he abruptly announced he would resign.
BY ANDREW DUNN / Charlotte Observer 11-5-2014 They had the opportunity to hire locally, but chose to hire Officer Dangle from Reno 911.

Morrison resigned as CMS superintendent after investigation into misconduct allegations
BY ANDREW DUNN AND ANN DOSS HELMS / Charlotte Observer 11-4-2014

Former Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss Morrison gets outta Dodge. Again.
Morrison leaves Charlotte Mecklenberg two days after his Nevada replacement packs up
BY ANDREW DUNN AND ANN DOSS HELMS / Charlotte Observer / Lakeview Pilot 11-3-2014

_______________________________________________________

Education Dysfunction Part LII—>
Follytix '14: Year of the Topless Campaign
Filling in the few gaps in Myers' awesome story
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-28-2014 Sparks Tribune

At Last: Journalist Myers deconstructs what happened the day Martinez melted down
Nevada attorney general succumbs to Reno paper's reprehensible rabble-rousing
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-23-2014

UPDATE 11-11-2014: Reno News & Review News Editor Dennis Myers discussed his extensive research on Washoe County and statewide education issues on this morning's edition of Nevada Newsmakers with Sam Shad. It may be viewed this evening at 9:30 on Charter Cable Channel 190 in Reno-Sparks-Washoe. Click here for the full statewide re-run schedule. Shad and Myers get into what started allegations of non-existent racism and how the Reno Gazette-Journal dropped journalistic ethics to become a player in the witch hunt. Myers' key October article is linked above.

Martinez deposed in school safety case
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-23-2014

_______________________________________________________

Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride
Crumbs thrown to education to grease the deal


Education Dysfunction Part LI—>
Cheap thrills: Sex banned in Gomorrah South
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-14-2014 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part L—>
True confessions from the back of the bus
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-7-2014 Sparks Tribune

Reno Gazette-Journal improperly leads fight to recall school board
Reno News & Review Editorial / 10-2-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLIX—>
We don't need no education: Leaks R Us

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-30-2014 Sparks Tribune

46th of 50: Nevada 4th least-educated state. Whadya expect?
24/7Wall St.com / 9-27-2014

Clark County School District's secret sex education talks fuel parent ire
By Trevon Milliard / Las Vegas Review-Journal 9-27-2014

School district sex education proposals astonish some Gomorrah South parents
By Trevon Milliard / Las Vegas Review-Journal 9-22-2014

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.

RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

Barbwire Nominee Guy Richardson elected to Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame on first try

Support Don Dondero next
Send affirmations

7-COME-11!
Barbwire wins seventh Nevada Press Association award

BRONZE 2016
4-28-2015
11-24-2015
1-19-2016

6-pack: BRONZE 2014
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake / 4-18-2013

The 2013 Loony Tunes Legislative Lexicon / 5-30-2013

The politics of media ga-ga boosterism / 3-20-2014

GOLD HAT TRICK
Barbwire wins third straight Nevada Press Association first-place award

The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008


Barbwire.TV

Watch NevadaLabor.com for show times. Help us get the word out.

Support the project at http://resurge.tv#donate

SUING FOR SCHOOLS
Updated 8-30-2011
Reruns on Carson-Dayton 226

Additional programs on Boulder City cable. Go to bcnv.org and then
go to the BCTV link.

If Reform Fails: Health Care, Jobs and Unions — new power to the people on the public airwaves

The program premiers were available to every television set in the region because of a high-mileage media hybrid.

The shows appeared on both commercial and community stations. The non-corporate entity produced the events, commercial TV greatly expanded distribution.

Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

Please spread the word and consider contributing to the cause online at ReSurge.TV.

You may also take the public option known as the U.S. Postal Service and send a check or money order to ReSurge.TV, P.O. Box 10034, Reno NV 89510.

Your contribution will help fund the distribution as well as ongoing efforts at developing new media, including a regional, non-corporate community radio station and the return of community television to Reno-Sparks-Washoe.

You are present at the creation of what I hope can become a new media model where the programming accurately reflects what's happening on the ground and the media impact is powerful enough to forcefully pass the message upward.

Thanks.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew


Click here for on-demand re-runs from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Barbwire.TV archives

(775) 882-8255
[882-TALK]

Barbwire.TV:
15-year overnight success

Daily Sparks Tribune 2-10-2008

The Barbwire's Greatest Hits
Highlights from radio days
mp3 file

BRONZE 2014
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake / 4-18-2013

The 2013 Loony Tunes Legislative Lexicon / 5-30-2013

The politics of media ga-ga boosterism / 3-20-2014

GOLD HAT TRICK
Barbwire wins third straight Nevada Press Association first-place award

Barbwire Nominee Guy Richardson elected to Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame on first try

Support Dondero next

 

Education Dysfunction Part XLVIII—>
St. Elon, Lord Pedro and Gov. Veto El Obtúsè
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-16-2014 Sparks Tribune
9-23 CRYSTAL BALL UPDATE: The above column accurately predicted Supt. Martinez's departure one week in advance

Graduation rate increase something to applaud, but party not over
Sparks Tribune Editorial 9-16-2014

Sparks Tribune editor quizzes Supt. Martinez and principals about grad rate critics
Dan Eckles / DailySparksTribune.com 9-9-2014, Street edition 9-16-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLVII—>
Door-to-door salesmen and stoner stores
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 9-4-2014

Playing the race card: Suspicions linger in l'affaire Martinez
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-28-2014

Cheapskate ownership: TV reporters impelled toward shallow school board coverage
Reno News & Review Editorial 8-28-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLVI—>
Sexy scandals, whitewashes & black towers
Media overlook federal sex/race/ethnicity investigation into Washoe County School District
Meanwhile, big money is spent strictly on abstinence
State panel to review militarization of police departments

In Nevada visit, new Veterans Administration boss proves all jobs require training

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-21-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLV—>
Bringing serious heat well into the night

Nevadans host moment of silence for Missouri police shooting victim Michael Brown
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-14-2014

Hey, Tesla! Nevada's got a fair deal for you
Steve Sebelius / Las Vegas Review-Journal / 8-13-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLIV—>
Pots and Kettles: Can't we all get along?

BREAKING NEWS: WCSD Vice-President Dave Aiazzi has announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and will be resigning by the end of September.
Remember him with healing thoughts and prayers.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-7-2014

Marriage of convenience: Martinez return leaves some issues unsettled
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-7-2014

Happy Un-birthday, Chief Mieras
Reno News & Review Editorial 8-7-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLIII—>
Playing the race card for profit and peril

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-31-2014

Shoe now on wrong foot: school board bungled l'affaire Martinez
Reno News & Review Editorial / 7-31-2014

WORD GAMES: Martinez fired? Unfired? Non-fired? Re-fired? Refried? Who's on first?
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-31-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLII—>
We don't need no education or Pedro, either
Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss fired and unfired

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-24-201

Nevada education ranks dead last in nation for third year running
Dismal placements in children’s health, education, economic security, state of families and community
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-22-2014


OLD NEWS IS NEWS AGAIN: Nevada remains a hellhole for children
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-7-2014

A cold shower for the NY Times Tesla gushe
40 years in the wilderness: Study says Silver State on downhill slide since 1970
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 7-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

Washoe school boss Martinez should resign or get axed
Reno News & Review Editorial 7-10-2014

The hardest and fairest questions yet asked of proponents of the teachers gross profits tax initiative
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-10-2014

Las Vegas school chief earns board praise despite intentionally lying about graduation ratest
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 5-16-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLI —>
Negative Optimism: Making the best of being worst

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-8-2014 Sparks Tribune

Nevada winds of indifference always blow against education funding
John L. Smith / Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-7-2014

Nevada State AFL-CIO conventioners join anti-education tax initiative business coalition
Steve Sebelius / Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-2-2014

Mayday!
ED Part XL
Taxes smolder while citizens do slow burn

May Day in Reno, D-Day for teachers' union tax petition
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-1-2014 Sparks Tribune

ED Part XXXIX
Revolution, evolution, devolution & truth dilution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-24-2014 Sparks Tribune

College athletes need unions, pay
By Prof. Jake Highton / Expanded from the 4-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

Hiding in Plain Sight —>
Barbwire Education Scandals go mainstream 2 years later

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 3-27-2014

2014 Nevada Press Association Award Winner
We Don't Need No Education XXXVIII—>
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-20-2014 Sparks Tribun

State illegally uses tax money vs. teacher tax vote
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 3-13-2014

We Don't Need No Education XXXVII
Follytix '14: If you don't laugh, you'll cry

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

You read it first on the Barbwire —>
Nevada graduation rate rises as students excluded from count
Nice to see Gomorrah South trying to keep up

By Trevon Milliard / Las Vegas Review-Journal 3-9-2014

Dear Mr. Milliard:
    Working with my colleagues at the Reno-Sparks NAACP, I began delving into miraculous graduation rates in April, 2012. Manipulation mania quickly spread from Reno-Sparks-Washoe to southern Nevada and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina. In a remarkable display of chutzpah, former Washoe County Superintendent Heath Morrison admitted cooking the books to the Charlotte Observer. (See my column of 6-24-2012.)
    I have linked today's story, along with your previous piece of 4-10-2013, to my ever-expanding "We Don't Need No Education" archive.
    Keep up the good work and the good fight.
    Be well. Raise hell.

        Andrew Barbano, Columniator
        The Sparks Tribune
3-9-2014

Déjà vu all over again: Nevada casinos fail to support education
'Twas ever thus in the High Desert Outback of the American Dream
JoeNeal.org

ED Part XXXVI—>Education: The cure spawns an even worse disease
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

College values twisted: Unionize college athletes
Prof. Jake Highton
/ Expanded from the 2-6-2014 Sparks Tribune

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   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.

RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

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The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008


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ED Part XXXV—>
We Don't Need No Education: Time to give up?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-30-2014 Sparks Tribune

All the news you wish you didn't need to know
DISMAL FUTURE: Trying to positively spin Nevada's dead-last Education Week rankings
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 1-16-2014 Sparks Tribune

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They don't do anything until somebody dies
UNR & downtown Reno theater firetraps mean little was learned from Las Vegas Hilton & MGM disasters
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 12-12-2013 Sparks Tribune

POOR DENNY'S ALMANAC 11-21-2013 — On this date in 2004, Ray Hagar and Sandi Wright reported in the Reno Gazette-Journal that local schools attended by low income students tended to be the most poorly maintained schools.
        THE BARBWIRE RESPONDS: So what else is new? Over the decades, the RGJ has done a sterling job investigating separate but unequal health care and education. Alas and alack, nothing much ever changes on the High Desert Plantation. For a quick sad summary, see the Barbwire of April 2, 2006 (updated periodically).

Remembering another local school murder
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-14-2013 Sparks Tribune

The bloody guns of October fire on November
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-7-2013 Sparks Tribune

Let's persuade Apple to start making i-Guns here
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-24-2013 Sparks Tribune

Prayer vigil for Sparks Middle School shooting victims

Viruses in the program

—>Apple downtown Reno/UNR center was never put in writing

—>Apple burns the mouse pad: Years of union warnings confirmed.
Reno Gazette-Journal
editorial demands more transparency in corporate welfare tax giveways like Apple and UNR.
Better late than never?

Barbwire: Nevada not really a state
No, we were not Battle Born in Kenya

Top 10 reasons Nevada lives in the 19th Century

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-17-2013 Sparks Tribune

Sex, sports and rock 'n' roll dept.
Moneyball: Invest in texting, tweeting & twerking

ED Part XXVI—>Reno Gazette-Journal finally 'fesses up the awful truth
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-3-2013 Sparks Tribune

Just like old times: UN,R and Hot August Nights
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-26-2013 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part XXV—>
How to play pro ball and be cruel to your school
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

Nevada State AFL-CIO not officially onboard with teachers' K-12 tax initiative despite leader's support
Las Vegas Sun / 8-28-2013

We don't need no education, Part 24
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-22-2013 Sparks Tribune
Web extra — Bill O'Reilly's sex education

Workers & taxpayers protest Apple's lack of transparency
Schools pay the price of corporate welfare

Dirt cheap
Congress gave the new state of Nevada 4 million acres to pay for schools.
What happened to them?

Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-18-2013
Followup: Fighting over public lands: Does the public care?
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 11-5-2015
We Don't Need No Education —> The Neverending Series

ED Part XXIII—>
Rosy the poll dancer's destructive seduction

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-20-2013 Sparks Tribune

ED Part XXII—>
The 2013 looney tunes legislative lexicon
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-30-2013 Sparks Tribune

ED Part XXI—>Star-stuck: Dirty deals for dirty movies
Ghostrider Nicolas Cage sticks it to Nevada school kids
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 5-16-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED20: Mr. Wynnderful waxes wealthier whilst we wither
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-9-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Toljaso Dept.: Morrison malady spreads
Gomorrah South grad stats a shuck
By Trevon Milliard / Las Vegas Review-Journal 4-10-2013

ED Part XIX—>
Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success
The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.
"The problem facing education in America isn't the ethnic diversity of the population but the economic inequality of society, and this is precisely the problem that Finnish education reform addressed. More equity at home might just be what America needs to be more competitive abroad."
The Atlantic / 12-29-2011

ED Part XVIII—>Petition pondering & pandering:
Just Say No, a Nevada tradition

CLINGING TO THE LEDGE—>Do the Nancy Reagan thing
Just say no to the teachers' tax petition and invalidate term limits and right-towork-for-less in the process. What's not to like?
Barbwire by Barbano / Special Online Abstinence Edition / 3-5-2013

An edited and updated version appeared in the 3-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XVII —>
The brutal law of unintended consequences
Between the devil and the deep Joe Neal
Long-lost research may invalidate more than 100 longstanding Nevada laws
IRONY ALERT—>
New higher electoral standard for teachers' tax petition may generate more support
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program —> Almost the entire Feb. 27 show concerned the teachers' tax petition. The Barbwire in the Feb. 28 Sparks Tribune will have a major impact on it both legislatively and electorally. Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

ED Part XVI —> School shootings:
Reno GOP Senator introduces bill to shoot schools in fiscal foot
Where is gun control when we need it?
Can you stimulate the economy by cutting wages?

U-News e-Bulletin by Andrew Barbano / 2-26-2013

Las Vegas area black students three times more likely to get expelled than non-blacks
Odds of getting suspended are more than double
Some schools issue almost as many suspensions as they have students

Las Vegas Sun / 2-15-2013

ED Part XV:Greasing the suckers and goosing the gullible
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XIV: Never trust gun runners, politicians or PR men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-31-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune


NEVADA'S CANCER KIDS:
New lawsuit claims Fallon cancer cluster isn't over and leaking military jet fuel pipeline is the cause

Superintendent refuses transfers from suspect school

ED Part XIII: WCSD Trustee-elect Rosenberg is a non-believer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

We don't need no education, Part XII
And we don't need no evolution, 'nuther
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-18-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XI: Instant replay of rape and pillage
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-11-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education, Part X
The master chefs continue cooking the books
[UPDATE 9-17-2012] TOLJASO DEPT. The Awful Truth: "Successes and Challenges" indeed —
As only the Barbwire predicted last spring, Dr. Heath Morrison's disappointing third-year graduation rate explains why he got outta Dodge after year two.

Teachers' business tax petitions hit Nevada streets while Chicago teachers do likewise
Damning inspection report brings union call to oust Reno VA hospital leadership
State ignores voter registration lawsuit until the day after this column printed
NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER: New community TV channel
Barbwire by Barbano / Humongously expanded from the 9-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Tenth in a continuing series on the collapsing future of Nevada education

Morrison import Jane Woodburn ousted from Washoe County School District
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-26-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED IX: You can't handle the truth
Third year of Morrison's graduation rate miracle proves mythological
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-19-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education, Part VIII
Departing Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss admits cooking the books
Eighth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-24-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Updated 7-17-2012

Morrison & Maurins: M&M's hard to swallow
Seventh in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

All that's missing is an enemies list
Sixth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Playing Dixieland - The shell game continues
Fifth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Abandon hope, all ye who enter college
Fourth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Mythological Morrison Miracle
Third in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Updated 4-24-2012 Dr. Morrison is in Charlotte, NC, today
signing his contract to accept the superintendent position.

The marshal is getting outta Dodge
So much for Nevada education's strategic plan + 4/25 Workers Memorial Day commemoration
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-15-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Breaking our own backs: If you have kids, move elsewhere
Have teachers made a deal with the devil? / St. Mary's firings begin
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-8-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck
Expanded from the 2-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune
Updated 2-24-2010, 2-27-2010, 3-4-2010, 3-8-2010, 8-30-2011
Education funding lawsuit gains support
Daily Sparks Tribune/ AP 3-18-2011

It's long been very personal: Blasts from our very checkered past
Fatal Conservatism: Killing our bodies and our minds
Expanded from the 4-2-2006 Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune
UPDATED 8-8-2006, 1-16-2008, 3-9-2008, 4-6-2008, 1-16-2011
, 1-16-2014


Below, right: The Nevada University Scandals of 2010-present
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Click here.

Below, left: The Nevada University Scandals of 1996-1997
Please let us know if much has changed.

1997 Barbwire Pulitzer Prize entries are noted with *asterisks*
Category 4 — Explanatory Journalism
Category 9 — Commentary

Janet MacDonald 1941-2012: The beautiful face of honor
The Barbwire fondly remembers the courageous university system treasurer who dared tell the truth
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

UPDATE: Let there be Rosenbergy again
Term limits or not, vote for Howard Rosenberg anyway, dammit!
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-27-2008 Daily Sparks Tribune


Shunting Nevada work to out-of-state carpetbaggers is nothing new

University just won't learn—>
Editorial: Apple deal is a reminder more transparency is needed, including projects at UNR
Apple downtown/UNR deal never put in writing
Reno Gazette-Journal/Sunday 10-20-13

Student achievement center construction project inspires questioning
By Kenny Bissett/UNR Sagebrush 10-8-2013

The smoking gun: UN,R subcontractor hires and exploits undocumented workers
Dennis Myers/Reno News & Review/9-26-2013

Just like old times: UN,R and Hot August Nights
Barbwire by Barbano/Sparks Tribune/9-26-13

UNIONS PROTEST UNR GIVEAWAY ON STUDENT HOUSING CONSTRUCTION
Reno Gazette-Journal front page/9-24-2013

Marginal contractors on UNR job draw Laborers' Union ire and picket line
U-News / 9-19-2013

State of the Unions —>
Non-Nevada contractors, including Apple, continue to plague local workers
Reno Gazette-Journal 9-1-2013

Bullfighting in Tonopah —>
Billion-dollar tax-subsidized solar array goes to shady contractor from sunny Spain
Barbwire / Sparks Tribune 8-11-2011

Nevada workers march to UNR for Nevada jobs
U-News / 5-20-2010

Con jobs by charlatans in the name of our children
Originally published 5/4/97
Slavery, sweatshops and shell game education
Originally published 4/27/97
New evidence in the university financial shell game
Originally published 4/20/97
All university regents face ouster, TMCC chief quits
Originally published 3/9/97
The question no one asked Howard Rosenberg — till now
Originally published 3/2/97
The buckaroo kangaroo court hangs Rosenberg Thursday
Originally published 2/23/97
Only embrace the tar baby when DNA proves it's yours
Originally published 2/2/97
Emperors, educators, pregnant paupers & presidents
Originally published 1/26/97
*
Secret university audit catches chancellor lying!*
Originally published 1/19/97
A watered down education for Mother Nevada's kids
Originally published 1/12/97
Both Nevada and its university open 1997 lost at sea
Originally published 1/5/97
The 1996 Grateful Deadhead and Chia Butthead Awards
Originally published 12/29/96
*Shadowboxing Jello, yahoo kangaroos & Downsize This!*
Originally published 12/22/96
*EXTRA! Barbano endorses environmental jockocracy *
Originally published 12/15/96
*University Scandals 1996: The Empire Strikes Back *
Originally published 12/8/96
*Howard Rosenberg: the most powerful man in Nevada *
Originally published 12/1/96
*Howard Rosenberg: unlikely David vs. Philistine Elite *
Originally published 11/24/96
*Clark Santini: still watching over his university*
Originally published 11/17/96
*Protected pianists at the Casablanca College Casino*
Originally published 11/10/96
*Ghost Professors, Gold Mines and Shell Games at UNR*
Originally published 11/3/96
*Slam-dunks: fun follytix up at the U*
Originally published 10/27/96

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Oct. 27, 1996, Barbwire began a six-month investigation into the labyrinthine intrigues of the University and Community College System of Nevada (UCCSN), now called the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). At the suggestion of chess grandmaster and author Larry Evans, most of the 1996 installments, as well as one involving university issues in the following year, were entered by the Sparks Tribune in two categories of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize competition. That ongoing interest in the affairs of higher education has never waned. You may use the NevadaLabor.com search engine to do a keyword search on the occasional treatment of university issues. You will also enjoy the ongoing comments of longtime University of Nevada-Reno journalism Prof. Jake Highton. Be well. Raise hell. — Andrew

 

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