Last February, I forecast Donald Trump’s election based on more than two centuries of history. The good news is that Trump’s election means the current liberal cycle is not over. He was just riding the horse in the direction it was already going. Alas and alack, we will be left to cure the indigestion.
How? With good people doing good work.
LAND OF THE GIANTS. We recently lost two great community servants. About 200 people attended the memorial for “Mother of Nevada Wilderness” Marjorie Sill last Friday at the Unitarian church. I lobbied attendees afterward for support of a park honoring Mrs. Sill and her late husband, Dr. Richard Sill, both Sierra Club legends.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Executive Director Shaaron Netherton spoke at the service which came on Marge Sill’s 93rd birthday. I attended the FNW standing-room only Wilderness Wingding at Idlewild Park that evening.
It remains an open question whether or not the former Garden Shop can be saved to complete a mini-Rancho San Rafael at Mayberry and McCarran, but the power I saw Friday was rather awesome.
BRIAN CAREY, 1935-2016. The witty Welshman brought his family to Reno in 1963 and we are richer for his having passed this way. Brian was one of the first people I met when I came to these parts from Gomorrah South in 1971. We worked together on a passel of community projects through our Sertoma Club memberships.
His descendants, Mark and Mark2 became and remain noted video entrepreneurs. I am proud to have called him my friend.
AFL-CIO LEADER RETIRES. Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Danny Thompson retires on Jan. 15 after almost two decades at the helm of the umbrella union organization. The five-term former Las Vegas assemblyman brought the movement into the electronic age, winning national recognition for his palm pilot precinct political program in the late 1990s.
He will be succeeded by Las Vegas firefighter Rusty McAllister who will get old quick at the 2017 legislative session. It’s not that McAllister will be new to Carson City, he’s just never had so many cats to herd.
SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SPEAKS THURSDAY. Washoe County school boss Traci Davis will address the Reno-Sparks NAACP’s monthly meeting this Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. It will be held in the third floor community room at Northern Nevada Hopes, 580 W. 5th Street in Reno and is open to the public. I suggest parking in the rear and entering through the south doors. School board members have been known to attend and Thursday should be no exception.
LIBRARY EXPANDS SERVICE. Thanks to lots of hard work in building usage, the Duncan-Traner mixed-use community library will see its public hours expanded after the library board meets at 4:00 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the downtown Reno main branch, Center and Liberty streets. Show up to support the expansion.
Happy High Holly Days.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.
Andrew Barbano is a 48-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and first vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.