Jake Highton

Jake Highton
Location
Reno, USA
Birthday
January 01
Title
Professor
Bio
Jake Highton is an emeritus journalism professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, Nevada.

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JULY 21, 2014 6:15PM

Turnabout is fair play

All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

 --Matthew 26:52

 

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 »

JULY 14, 2014 8:44PM

Absurd court rulings

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.

 -- 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 »

JULY 8, 2014 12:17AM

G.W. Bush’s ‘4th term’

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 »

JULY 8, 2014 12:16AM

Revolutionary $15 minimum wage

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 MacLeisRead full post »

JUNE 12, 2014 3:55PM

Sainthood and bad popes

The Catholic Church and the saint business can be unholy. Bad popes are often canonized for no other reason than that they have been pontiffs.

Such is case of the recent bestowal of sainthood on a bad pope: John Paul II.

Maureen Dowd, columnist for the NewRead full post »

After California Crome won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, co-owner Steve Coburn reigned as the King of Glory. He predicted that his wonder colt would win the Belmont Stakes Saturday and hence the Triple Crown.

But Proverbs 16:18 reminds us: “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughtyRead full post »

JUNE 9, 2014 4:00PM

Columnist comes to rescue

"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 thatRead full post »

MAY 23, 2014 4:22AM

Stevens' book misfires

Stevens book misfires

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MAY 23, 2014 4:19AM

Kerry on fool’s errand

Never in history has there been a greater waste of time and money than the futile shuttling between the Mideast and Washington by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry was seeking the impossible: a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu doesRead full post »

It has long been a standing joke in the newspaper business that the New York Times prints obituaries of people who don’t die elsewhere. Of course they do. Their deaths are just not published in most newspapers.

Take Edwin Kagin. He “didn’t die” elsewhere yet the TimesRead full post »

MAY 5, 2014 9:32PM

Matthiessen lacked integrity

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 theRead full post »

MAY 5, 2014 9:31PM

Obama as Cold Warrior

Now we have chameleon President Obama, the glorious Nobel Peace Prize winner, revealing himself as a Cold Warrior.

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 »

APRIL 21, 2014 1:47PM

College athletes need unions, pay

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 2.6Read full post »

APRIL 21, 2014 1:46PM

Banqueters cry: hail, César

Dennis Myers, news editor of the Reno News & Review, rightly calls César Chávez one of history’s “great apostles of nonviolence.” He met him in Reno during a visit in 1986, writing that it was one of “the privileged moments” of his life.

The reasonRead full post »

APRIL 21, 2014 1:45PM

Judicial politicians rule court

The Founding Fathers intended America to be a country in which every citizen

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 interpretRead full post »

APRIL 1, 2014 6:25PM

Hordes mar visit to San Fran

San Francisco is one of the great cities of the world. Its surroundings are marvelous: the San Francisco Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. Its museums are first rate, its parks wonderful.

But that’s the problem: too many visitors.

People swarm atRead full post »

APRIL 1, 2014 6:24PM

Death penalty ban creeping

   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, JRead full post »

MARCH 21, 2014 10:25AM

Socialism forever

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 areRead 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 intoRead full post »

MARCH 21, 2014 10:22AM

'Free' trade trickery

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). CongressionRead full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 1:16PM

Stalinesque Putin’s Mafia politics

Russians love autocracies: the czars, the Soviets and now Putin.

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 demonstratoRead full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2014 2:51PM

From pro football to the Post Office

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 fearRead 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 isRead full post »

JANUARY 21, 2014 5:55PM

NSA surveillance unchecked

All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.

                                     &nbs… Read full post »