Silver beauty and self-inflicted wounds

Carol Cizauskas is a former public radio reporter who has written for the RN&R since 1999.

I will miss the great good of Northern Nevada—the loved ones who changed my life for the better, the incomparable beauty of Lake Tahoe, the Sierra, and Reno itself, the vibrant and growing art scene, characterized by Artown and the Nevada Museum of Art. I wish for Reno a turn to social justice marked by economic fairness for all, not just the powerful elite of old and the new power brokers, the owners of high-tech moving to Reno and their workers imported from other states. I wish for Reno to grow its social structure to match the beauty of its natural surroundings.

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Disunited states

A Bernie Sanders supporter describes her frustrating experiences at the Democratic National Convention.

I began to believe for the first time in the sacredness of my power as an American citizen and voter. I began to learn that standing for social justice was not only morally right, but was to be fought for. I began to understand that I would never again chip away at my soul by voting for a lesser evil. I knew from here forward, I would vote only for moral candidates who would fight for justice.
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The view from the Nevada delegates’ seats during Bernie Sanders’s speech the first night of the convention. PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS

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Learning politics

2014 election results bring volunteers to Legislature.

“Just because we might not be able to win on a bill,” Democratic Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson said, “doesn’t mean … that we aren’t the smartest in our strategy, the smartest in our reason, and the most well organized.”

Madeleine Poore, left, met with Assemblymember Jill Dickman, who represents her in the Nevada Legislature. PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS

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Grass roots go to Carson

Nevadans from around the state converge for a day of lobbying.

Why lobby? That was the question Catana Barnes of Reno faced: “I was one of those people that thought lobbying was a bad word. It was nice to know that it’s more of an empowerment.”
Grass roots lobbying

Mary Skau, left, and Ashley Stieb lobby Assemblymember Randy Kirner, a Washoe Republican.
PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS

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Steel cage death match

Election 2010: The RN&R looks at selected local races, ballot questions, and begs for mercy.

But it’s not all baseball, hot dogs and apple pie in the eyes of concerned residents, who question the city’s use of multiple subsidies to entice the Aces to build a stadium and to play downtown. “For our entire infrastructure to just [be] sold,” Anderson said, “it’s just crazy. Somebody’s got to do something about it.”
Geno Martini and Ron Schmitt

Geno Martini, center, with his opponent in this year’s election, Ron Schmitt, right.
PHOTO BY DENNIS MYERS

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Somber message in Sparks

By calling her opponents terrorists, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo got the United States to enlist.

“Men took turns interrogating me while beating my head with their fists and blunt objects. Layers of plastic bags were put on my head. My torturers would tighten the bags until I could no longer breathe. I passed out twice. … After about 12 hours, they put me back in the van, still hands tied and blindfolded. They threatened to kill me.”
from Philippine pastor Berlin Guerrero’s testimony to the Philippine commission on human rights
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Bishop Eliezer Pascua speaks about violence and human rights issues in the philippines during chapel service at Jim Elliot Christian High School Wednesday morning.
PHOTO BY BRIAN FEULNER/NEWS-SENTINEL


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Growing out

Activists fight sprawl into areas remote from the Truckee Meadows.

“Once they develop that Winnemucca Ranch, it’s gone forever. Once they cut down the old growth, it’s gone forever,” Bob Fulkerson said. “We can stop them right now on those issues, but next year, yeah, they could be back. But, you know what? It’s our watch that matters. … The next generation—it’ll be up to them. They’d better freakin’ be up to the challenge.”
Winnemucca Ranch protest

At a demonstration last week, protestor Susan McNeall displayed a regional planning map showing the distance between the remote Winnemucca Ranch land west of Pyramid Lake and the Reno metro area.
PHOTO BY DENNIS MYERS


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