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A Bold New Era* In Nevada Punditry

January 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

Hey – is this thing still on?  It is?  Wait, we’re posting?  Man, step away from a blog for a few years, and a guy forgets all his technical skills…

Ah, that’s better.  Now – let’s see if I can remember how to cross promote across multiple platforms!

The reason for blowing the dust off of this little corner of the internet is that I was recently offered a chance to write a column for the Reno Gazette-Journal.  I’m super excited about it, and incredibly appreciative of the folks at the RGJ (and one or two others who thought to mention me) for the opportunity for a new and bigger platform.

Here’s the column, which contrasts Governor Sandoval’s substantive, detailed, and adult State of the State speech with the President’s vapid and dishonest federal version – and hints at some lessons conservatives can learn from both.  I think it’s not a bad start, as judged by the fact that several breathless, insult-filled, and point-missing comments have already been posted in response!

Ah, the mature thoughtfulness of modern political discourse…

Anyway, as pumped as I am, the space limitations of a newspaper column is a different way to write, and presents a new and welcome challenge.  I actually prefer to read the paper on dead trees, and not just because getting Daddy’s newspaper makes a great first chore for a two year old.  And the discipline of having to get to the point will be very good for me.

But I love the ability to hyperlink to supporting evidence, provide clarifications and caveats, and otherwise free-form my way through a topic.  Fortunately, thanks to the miracle of the interwebs, I don’t have to chose!  Besides – the RGJ was kind enough to add my website to the bottom of the piece “to read more,” so there should probably be more here.

So if it’s your first visit, welcome, and if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, welcome back!  Whether you agree with me or not, I hope you find something interesting and thought provoking here.  And please do click through to the RGJ – not only do I think the pieces are worth perusing, but shares and clicks are the name of the game for us both!

*Individual eras and the degree of their boldness may vary.

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