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Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013: the Barbwire's Silver Anniversary Year
Barbwire by Barbano moved to the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune
Updated 1-16-2014

   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.

Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen

HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award



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The program premiers were available to every television set in the region because of a high-mileage media hybrid.

The shows appeared on both commercial and community stations. The non-corporate entity produced the events, commercial TV greatly expanded distribution.

Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

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You are present at the creation of what I hope can become a new media model where the programming accurately reflects what's happening on the ground and the media impact is powerful enough to forcefully pass the message upward.


Be well. Raise hell.


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HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award


What are the poor taxpayers to do?

They got raped and pillaged for years by lagging assessments and preferential tax breaks for the chosen few.

Now that property taxes are low, state and local governments are falling apart.

What to do?

The first step is for someone to say you can't have your cake and eat it, too.

The time has come to make some hard decisions that go to the core of Nevada life as we know it.

Perhaps anyone currently raising a family here should consider moving somewhere else.

Our school systems in Nevada – from kindergarten to graduate school – are shamefully underfunded and have been for years.

Now comes a report that Nevada ranks dead last among 51 states (behind DC, Puerto Rico or perhaps Guam) in the amount of state support for higher education.

Why let UNR and UNLV degenerate into Reno State and Las Vegas State colleges?

Why don't we consider shutting both schools down altogether?

Let's make Nevada live up to the reputation it already has all across the country – that of a boomtown mining camp.

Perhaps it's time to realize that we really don't have a state government and that we've never had one.

Nevada's state government is still basically a territorial administration.

Insurance regulation in Nevada is non-existent.

Health care costs are totally out of control. (The mentally disabled) are still left to die through improper care.

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN. All of the above was lifted from a 5 October 1982 speech I gave at the appropriately named Depression Deli, now a Reno topless joint.

In the 7 Feb. 2010 Tribune, I added: "More than a quarter century has now passed. That economic crunch was followed by another a decade later in which the budget was again balanced on the backs of the physically and mentally disabled. Now, here we are again in the same damned place, only worse."

Was I overstating the case when I said we might as well close the universities?

"We might just as well close the campuses down," said Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Gomorrah South, reacting to Gov. Jim the Dim's 2009 Rape of the State Address.

Great minds think alike.

Former Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, has proven entirely correct when he said a decade ago that growth had stopped paying for itself and it was time for gambling to pay its fair share.

Never happened. Ditto with mining.

The legislature will again fail to discharge its constitutionally mandated duty to adequately fund education.

Barbwire way ahead—> Two major studies now agree: Vacate the state
— Reno News & Review 11-17-2012

  Bulldozers remain the only solution.

  If you've got kids, get outta Dodge.

UPDATE: LIPSTICK ON A PIG. (With apologies to those noble, clean and intelligent creatures.) The Barbwire of January 16, 2014, proves the above comments prescient and predictive.

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL —> Tonight at Circus Circus in Reno we prove that the great work continues and the dream will never die.

César Chávez Celebration XI happens starting at 6:30 p.m. A few tickets remain available.

Pardon my Spanglish.

Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Be well. Raise hell.)


RENDER UNTO CÉSAR —> CÉSAR CHÁVEZ CELEBRATION XI happens on Thursday, 28 March 2013, at Circus Circus-Reno. (Cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:15 p.m.)

Antacids available for all who suffer thru Sen. Heller's joint address earlier in the afternoon.

The César soirée during the 2011 legislative session almost drew a floor session quorum and this year may well break that record.

For more, including the history of the event going back to 1986, go to

You may view sponsorship information and purchase advance tickets at the website.

Prices go up as the event gets closer.

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His life's work appeared worldwide, including the Tribune.

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The Barbwire got the late RGJ columnist Guy Richardson elected last year.

Let's go for a repeat.

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If last year's elections didn't convince you of the need, the 2013 legislature certainly will.

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                              — Jimmy Breslin

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VOTE FOR THE LUCKY 13, the most powerful Nevadans of 2013. Send nominations to <>

Last year's rogues gallery will be linked to the expanded web edition of this column at

LET'S GET IT ON. E-me to get on the Barbwire News bulletin list for information not filtered through corporate lenses.

I broke a bushel of major stories last year which the above lead item will very probably top. Blowing out more than a century of Nevada law in one swell foop doesn't happen every day.

Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)


Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

Smoking Guns...

We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire series

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The Post-Dated Recession: Pay me now or pay me later
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Post-dated Recession
By Joshua H. Silavent / Daily Sparks Tribune / 5-3-2011

Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
Economic Policy Institute / 6-5-2012

Used in
journalist Mark Robison's extensive Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy (Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 Reno Gazette-Journal, page one, Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud. Not included in the RGJ online edition.

The Barbwire Labor Day column
Reno Gazette-Journal / 9-3-2012

Nevada Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place three years in a row.

The winning entries
Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck

Expanded from the 2-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
Expanded from the 1-10-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
And they wonder why the newspaper business is dying?


The Dean's List

   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.
RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
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Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee, He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

Barbwire by Barbano moved to the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

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