THUMBS UP to the Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks for giving back to the community.
The hospital sponsored a community health fair last week, offering free or low-cost preventative screenings and education. With the soaring cost of health care, it’s refreshing to see a bit of understanding in the medical world when it comes to one’s pocketbook.
THUMBS DOWN to marketing gimmicks.
We came across this message on an advertising letter sent through the mail: “Free pre-paid cremation. Details Inside.”
Let’s break that down a bit before we peek inside the letter for details. If you pay for something in advance, how in the world can that be free? Only in the world of oxymorons, where, in addition to free pre-paid cremations, we find “adult child,” “exact estimate,” “open secret” and “a little pregnant.”
THUMBS DOWN to another boring Super Bowl as well as a significant drop-off in the creativity of commercials aired during the big game.
Defense, the old cliché goes, wins championships, but it sure doesn’t make for good TV viewing unless you like to see awkwardly thrown passes, one-yard runs (there’s an oxymoron) and skinny guys punting the ball back and forth.
Yes, it was a nice storyline that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was the winning quarterback. But did he have to mention the brand of beer he planned on drinking to celebrate? Did we already complain about marketing gimmicks?
THUMBS UP to two former Wolf Pack players who grabbed Super Bowl rings when they suited up for the Denver Broncos: Brandon Marshall, a starting linebacker, and Virgil Green, who saw action on special teams and at tight end. Reed High grad Kyle Roberts, a former Wolf Pack player, also received a ring as a member of the Broncos’ practice squad.
THUMBS DOWN to the scammers who seem to come up with a new attempt at stealing every week. The latest scam involves thieves claiming to be from the Washoe County sheriff’s office and instructing folks over the phone to pay fines for failing to show up for jury duty. The best advice we’ve heard for avoiding such scams is hanging up the phone.