"Our republic and its press will rise or fall together." Joseph Pulitzer
TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM
"Media is the plural of mediocre."
Jimmy Breslin (1928-2017)
I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016
the Confederacy straight across for Greenland
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 9-18-2019 Sparks Tribune / Expansions in blue
Czar Donaldov is choking in the clutch on the ultimate Green New Deal.
He needs to sweeten the pot so that the US can acquire Greenland. I suggest trading Texas straight across for the melting Denmark-owned island. Most Americans should support throwing in the entire Confederacy to sweeten the deal. I can only fantasize at how that liberal, egalitarian Viking nation might govern the freedom loving racists of Jim Crow Land. Would we still let Alabama and Clemson into the new US to play football? Sure, business is business. As long as all the players and coaches had passports. Still need to defend against entry by any of them their aliens from tropical climes.
FAKE NEWS DEPT. President Trump has demanded the resignations of all NYTimes staffers involved in publishing the latest allegations about beer-swilling Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Times employees should choose the only honorable and patriotic response: We will if they will. You go first.
50 SHADES OF RAPE: With Kavanaugh's principal accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, back in the news, I strongly recommend re-reading the award-winning Barbwire of Oct. 3, 2018. Therein, I make a compelling case based on personal experience as to why Dr. Ford and Kavanaugh's growing list of accusers are credible.
BREAKING NEWS: Break out your walking shoes. Union nurses, their families and a broad cross-section of community supporters will picket Reno's St. Mary's Regional Medical Center today, Sept. 18, beginning at 11:00 a.m. PDT. Contact: Henry Soria, National Nurses United (702) 496-0922, e-mail <HSoria@nnoc.net> Full details may be accessed at NevadaLabor.com/
REPORT FROM THE MEMORIAL GATHERING About 200 people from as far away as the Philippines, Australia, Ireland (and the former state of Texas) gathered last Sunday to mark the passing of Tribune alumnus and Reno News & Review News Editor Dennis Myers (1948-2019). The Rail City resident died after a massive stroke. Generous even in death, he donated his organs for transplant.
Sparks was well represented by Assemblymember Skip Daly, D-Sparks, (Laborers' Union Local 169), former Sparks deputy city attorney and deputy Nevada attorney general Bill Isaeff and Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster. Former NAACP President and retired firefighter Kenny Dalton (Firefighters Local 731) surprised us and looked great after recent kidney transplant surgery.
The gathering was held at Reno's McKinley Arts Center on the banks of the Truckee River. Dennis' ashes will be scattered at Pyramid Lake, a legendary mystical and holy place, the terminus of the Truckee on the Paiute Reservation.
LA VOZ HISPANA EN NEVADA Publisher Andres Gonzales will print an extensive remembrance of Myers in this week's edition. I've given him permission to excerpt anything I've written about my old friend for his bi-lingual regional newspaper. It's available in businesses including the popular Marketon grocery on Wells Avenue in mid-town Reno. The only in-depth obituary of my friend in English may be accessed with the expanded web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com/ Mr. Ramirez will now provide us with the Español version. ¡Gracias!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the Oct. 19 Reno-Sparks NAACP's 74th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner at the Grand Sierra Resort. Sunday's gathering was a straightforward funeral. His friends at the NAACP will now throw him a going-away party. In 2015, Dennis and his crew received the inaugural Bertha Woodard/Eddie Scott Human Rights Advocacy Award for their years-long reportage on human rights issues. It's the organization's highest honor. Presidential candidates have been invited. Ticket and sponsorship info at RenoSparksNAACP.org/
FLOWER POWER. According to Dennis' wishes, in lieu of flowers, his family recommends donations to the Women & Children's Center of the Sierra, 3905 Neil Road, Suite 2; Reno NV 89502. You may also donate in Mr. Myers' name via the organization's website, waccs.org/ Contact: Executive Director Pam Russell 775-825-7395, e-mail <email@example.com>
Thanks to everyone who has contributed.
NAIL BITING TIME. We will know this week if Dennis and/or his fellow Tribune stalwarts Jake Highton and Don Dondero have made it into the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame. All have been inducted into the much more exclusive Barbwire Molly Ivins Memorial Columniators Hall of Flames. The great Moll, who died at 62 in 2007, is the subject of a new movie premiering in Tejas this month. It's title? "Raise hell." (I didn't come up with that. The legendary Mary Harris "Mother" Jones did.)
My favorite Ivins aspersions: About the speaker of the Texas lower house: "If his IQ gets any lower, we'll have to water him twice a day." About Bill Clinton: "He's as weak as bus station chili. Damn, I miss my HOF idols.
Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno.
Dennis Myers: Enroute to the universe next door
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 9-11-2019 Sparks Tribune
[En Español La Voz Hispana En Nevada 9-18-2019]
REPORT FROM THE MEMORIAL GATHERING (9-15-2019) About 200 people from as far away as the Philippines, Australia and Ireland gathered to honor Dennis on the banks of the Truckee River on Sunday, Sept. 15. His ashes will be scattered at Pyramid Lake, the termination of the Truckee on the Paiute Reservation. Details in the Sept. 18 Sparks Tribune.