- Reno, USA
- January 01
- Jake Highton is an emeritus journalism professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, Nevada.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Turnabout is fair play
July 21, 2014 06:15PM
- Absurd court rulings
July 14, 2014 08:44PM
- G.W. Bush’s ‘4th term’
July 08, 2014 12:17AM
- Revolutionary $15 minimum wage
July 08, 2014 12:16AM
- ‘Chatterley’ tender love
July 08, 2014 12:14AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Dear Ms. Sneed: Your
comment about "I am a Jew"
November 28, 2010 01:58PM
- “To Lainey: which is
nonrestrictive, that is
November 23, 2010 01:52PM
- “To Peter Winkler: Follow
Strunk-White 95 percent of the
Don't follow S/W
November 22, 2010 05:50PM
- “Dear Professor
are absolutely correct.
Instead of saying
November 17, 2010 02:21PM
- “Sean: The Mainstream
Media is more than half of
what is wrong
April 06, 2010 12:03PM
Jake Highton's Links
Brazilian fans anguished over two crushing defeats of their football team in the 2014 World Cup but it was just retribution for roughhouse play.
Brazil committed more fouls than any other team.… Read full post »
-- Margaret Sanger
The Supreme Court ended its term with a reactionary bang, the five male Catholic justices declaring that corporations do not have to provide contraceptive insurance to employees because it violates… Read full post »
A headline over an article in Truthout said it all about the stewardship of President Obama: “G.W. Bush’s fourth term continues at Guantánamo with torture, secret renditions and indefinite detention.”
The analytical piece by Adam Hudson makes it clear the Bush policies s… Read full post »
Big cities like San Francisco seeking higher pay for their workers got a tremendous boost recently when the Seattle City Council passed a measure calling for a $15 minimum wage, the highest standard in the nation.
While the pay hike has incremental stages and different tracks for… Read full post »
There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. --Oscar Wilde
LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER
By D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Mark Schorer and letter from Archibald MacLeis… Read full post »
Such is case of the recent bestowal of sainthood on a bad pope: John Paul II.
Maureen Dowd, columnist for the New… Read full post »
But Proverbs 16:18 reminds us: “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty… Read full post »
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money."
--Samuel Johnson, 18th century lexicographer and essayist, in Boswell’s biography.
I am a blockhead. For two years I wrote a weekly column for the Sparks Tribune of Nevada for nothing.
Some readers of the Tribune may feel that… Read full post »
Stevens book misfires
&n… Read full post »
Kerry was seeking the impossible: a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu does… Read full post »
Take Edwin Kagin. He “didn’t die” elsewhere yet the Times… Read full post »
Peter Matthiessen, who died earlier this month, was a man of many talents: littérateur, journalist, environmentalist, explorer, Zen Buddhist and professional fisherman.
The one thing he lacked: integrity. He founded the Paris Review, a magazine devoted to new fiction and poetry, in the… Read full post »
His “straddle dance,” as columnist Jim Hightower recently put it, to characterize Obama as a centrist has been rendered obsolete. Obama, the newly unveiled right-winger,… Read full post »
One fact alone settles the argument about unionism and pay for college basketball and football athletes: John Calipari got a $150,000 bonus because Kentucky reached the Final Four of the March Madness basketball tournament.
Aaron Harrison calmly made the crucial three-point shot with 2.6… Read full post »
The reason… Read full post »
has the inalienable right to donate $3.6 million to politicians.
--Gail Collins in a sardonic comment in her New York Times column
The Supreme Court is still doing its dirty work. It doesn’t interpret… Read full post »
But that’s the problem: too many visitors.
People swarm at… Read full post »
Eighteen down, 32 to go. That’s the plodding progress to abolish the death penalty in this often inhumane nation. A 19th state, New Hampshire, is the on the verge of ending capital punishment.
One why of New Hampshire’s turnabout is significant. A Manchester, N.H., cop, J… Read full post »
Seattle citizens had the wisdom to elect a socialist to city council in November. She is Kshama Sawant, 41, a native of Pune, India.
Sawant rightly denounces the “gigantic casino of speculation created by the new highway robbers on Wall Street.” She adds: “People are… Read full post »
Remind me never to go to another lecture at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Olli), the Elder College adjunct of the University of Nevada, Reno.
Phil Boardman of the UNR English Department was supposed to talk about Dante’s “Inferno.” One hour and 13 minutes into… Read full post »
Beware of legislation called “fast track.” The words mask the truth.
Fast track promotes privatization and harms consumers. It makes the poor poorer and the rich richer. It widens the already yawning income gap.
The latest scam is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Congression… Read full post »
President Vladimir Putin was elected three times but is still dictatorial. Putin personifies the worst aspects of centuries of harsh Russian rule: totalitarian regimes marked by censorship, arbitrary imprisonment, jailed demonstrato… Read full post »
Pro football never seems to grow up
Michael Sam, a gay All-American defensive end on the University of Missouri football team, is good enough to be a pro now rather than finish college next season as he plans.
But grossly ignorant NFL executives anonymously expressed fear… Read full post »
Like similar sections in many publications across the nation, the Reno Gazette-Journal's Faith Forum appearing every Sunday is missing one important panelist: an atheist.
Atheism is also a faith, a deeply held and passionate view that the notion of God is an absurdity. The atheist’s truth is… Read full post »