THUMBS DOWN, a big THUMBS DOWN, to the questioners from CNBC for letting down the public and tarnishing the news business through their shameful performance in the GOP presidential debate last week.
We’re not sure what to call these employees of the cable TV network, but they certainly don’t deserve to have a title that’s remotely connected to journalism or the news media. They were unprepared, inaccurate and just plain idiotic, allowing the debate to revolve around an attack on the media and giving the candidates an opportunity to duck questions.
The real losers in this debate debacle, besides professional news people who strive hard to be accurate and fair, were the viewers– unless they tuned in to see if any of the candidates agreed with their position on regulation of fantasy football.
THUMBS UP to supporters of recycling, who found an ally at Sparks City Hall when the City Council approved changes in the city’s agreement with Waste Management, the company that has the exclusive contract to collect trash in Sparks.
One of the biggest changes will be the implementation of so-called single-stream recycling, which allows residents to toss all recyclable material into one big container instead of sorting it into smaller crates. Additional material, most notably paper waste, will also be added to the list of recyclable items.
THUMPS UP to Kathryn Fitzpatrick, a Sparks middle school science teacher. Fitzpatrick, a faculty member at Dilworth STEM Academy, is the winner of the school district’s Middle School Teacher of the Year award.Her principal said: “This is my 15th year as an administrator, and Kati is certainly in the top 1 percent of teachers that I have worked with.”
Well done, Ms. Fitzpatrick.
THUMBS UP to the Nugget Casino Resort for creating a win-win situation that benefits the Nugget, community organizations and schools.
The Nugget is contributing nearly $33,000 to 12 organizations, including those from area high schools, that provided volunteers to work at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. The Nugget pays the wages earned by the volunteers directly to their organizations. Volunteers, by the way, get to keep their tips.
THUMBS UP to the DMV for bringing back remote check-in for customers at the DMV’s Reno office. The Dash Pass, in which customers can use their smartphones from a remote location to get in line for DMV transactions and receive text messages telling them when they can expect to be served, was scheduled to return yesterday. The Reno office is also doing a test run of allowing people to book appointments ahead of time.