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Tim O'Callaghan

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Like a book, our lives have multiple chapters
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009
In the book of life, some people open and close chapters in their lives on a regular basis. However, I'm the type who doesn't do extreme change well — which probably explains my 28 years with the Henderson Home News and Boulder City News and a 30-year relationship with the Las Vegas Sun.
Current path won’t fix health care
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009
Most everyone in the United States knows health-care reform is needed. However, each may have his own idea of what reform should be. To me, it's quite obvious there are at least two points to consider.
Sotomayor proof of evolving melting pot
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The hot days of summer are finally upon us in the relentless Mojave Desert. Even for a native desert rat like myself the 110 degree temperatures can be tough. It seems just a bit hotter since my return from the Pacific Northwest where temperatures are either pleasantly warm or down right cold.
After 25 years, she still leaves me in the dust
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
It was 27 years ago I first laid eyes upon Donna, affectionately know to readers as my bride, at the Las Vegas Sun, where she worked in the dispatch department. We had some common interests in motorcycles and dirt bikes, which led to our first date, which was to repair the flat tire on her Yamaha IT 175. Now we are celebrating 25 years of marriage.
Summer a good time for teens to volunteer
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Graduation week signals the hot days of summer are on the horizon in Southern Nevada. This is the time of year when the excitement and glitter of the Las Vegas Strip lures many local teens with nothing better to do than hang out with friends in the tourist corridor.
Reid getting ready for next big fight of his life
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Like any seasoned fighter, Harry Reid is in for the fight of his life. That's the way it is in square ring of boxing, and it is no different in the political ring. The next fight is always the biggest fight.
Bank bailout does little for those who need help most
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The big bank bailout does nothing for the ones who need it most. How does that old saying go? “No good deed goes unpunished.” Perhaps more fitting for today’s mortgage crisis it should say, “No good mortgage payment history will get aid.”
Living through a parent's worst fear
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Parents: Have you ever considered what steps to take if your child was ever missing? Young people: Have you ever considered the immeasurable pain and worry your parents experience when they don’t know where you are? Columnist Tim O'Callaghan tells of several hours worrying about his 21-year-old son's late return from a fishing trip to Lake Tahoe.
Finding where Nevada gets revenue is a taxing experience
Monday, April 20, 2009
Have you ever sat down for a moment to examine where the state of Nevada gets its revenue? I have, and it's slim pickings to say the least.
I downloaded a copy of the Nevada Department of Taxation Combined Sales & Use Statistical Report to explore the budget woes.
Buying a home might be risk worth taking
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Have a little cash? Buy a home in foreclosure, for goodness' sake.
A world without newspapers will be dumber
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The newspaper industry as it exists is in grave danger, and there are deeper concerns to think about when considering the elimination of the printed word. The closing of newspapers may lead to the dumbing down of America even further than has occurred.
Where’s the money? It’s spent
It can be found in Las Vegas’ foreclosed homes
Monday, March 23, 2009
Have a little cash? Buy a home in foreclosure, for goodness’ sake. First-time home buyers may be keeping Las Vegas alive as they swoop in on the distressed housing market. There are deals to be had in Las Vegas.
Nevada can't afford another 'Empty Suit' in 2010
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
When Nevadans look in the executive leadership closet, they keep finding the same old empty suit. Gov. Jim Gibbons continues the same habits he possessed while in Congress — that is absence.
Hey Pa.: Keep your waste in your own backyard
Monday, March 9, 2009
Today I was trolling the blogs and newspaper web pages when I happened to read this amusing editorial by Denny Bonavita, editor and publisher of McLean Publishing Co. in west-central Pennsylvania, which includes the Courier-Express in DuBois, Pa.
Congressman lies about Las Vegas railroad
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has either lost his moral compass, spent too much time in the Arizona sun or is a baldfaced liar.
Bill could prohibit offenders from taking DUI classes online
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I received a call from Sandy Heverly of Stop DUI asking if I had a copy of a column I had written in 2004 about a DUI Victim Impact Panel I had attended with my then-16-year-old son, Sean.
Las Vegas is still a good investment
Monday, March 2, 2009
For many of us calling Las Vegas home, it is no surprise that Forbes magazine named it America's "emptiest" city. A part of Las Vegas' unprecedented growth was built on speculation — that is speculation the building boom would last many more years.
Las Vegas doesn’t need an apology — it needs stimulus
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009
It appears President Obama’s off-the-cuff remarks have been taken out of context by Nevada’s economically strained hoteliers and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who has demanded an apology from the president.
Woes at Lake Las Vegas a sign of dried up economy
Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
A few Sundays ago, my bride asked if there was anything I wanted to do that day for my birthday. I told her a bicycle ride on the River Mountain Loop trail at Lake Mead might be fun.
We packed up the bikes and lunch to eat on the way to the trailhead. As we drove past Lake Las Vegas, she noticed the grass was turning brown on the golf course and asked if the course was closing.
Some reflection on Inauguration Day
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
Now that Nevadans are returning from four days of Inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C., I have put together some Inauguration thoughts...
Reality checks for a new year
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
Most things in life tend to be cyclical. A good example is the price of a gallon of gas. I've always had my own theory about the price of gas and why it goes up and down at certain times of the year.
Clark County unveils commemorative seal
Friday, Jan. 9, 2009
The Clark County District Attorney's office will mark its 100th anniversary on July 3.
Yucca Mountain shouldn't be partisan
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008
This is the start of a brand new year, and things are looking tough for the rest of it. The economy is taking its toll on America’s families, including those here in Nevada.
Solutions for a broken economy
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
How many B-2 bombers would it take to bail out the state of Nevada? That's easy. One and a half would suffice.
Young athletes 'go for broke'
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
It's been four years since my dad passed away and three years since I first penned this column about the Go For Broke trophy.
Tuition hike would dash dreams
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
A meeting between Gov. Jim Gibbons and representatives from Nevada higher education took place last week that included University Regent Chairman Michael Wixom, Chancellor Jim Rogers and Daniel Klaich, a vice president in the system, to discuss the upcoming budget. The Carson City meeting lasted a whopping 30 minutes.
Action needed on U.S. 93 now
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
Wake up, Gov. Gibbons! The clock is ticking, and before we know it the O'Callaghan-Tillman bridge will be open and the traffic nightmare may very well be real.
No such thing as a free lunch
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
Finally, the campaign season is over and my phone has stopped ringing. Monday night our phone rang off the hook with all of the calls going directly to our trusty answering machine.
Vote your conscience this election
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" was less than hysterical.
Government misjudged lifeline
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
It looks like the rooster has come home to roost. The U.S. economy has tanked after the first "bailout" failed, as it should have.
Political directions are off
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate of GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, has captured the imaginations of millions of Americans for many different reasons. This is the land of capitalism, where a creative mind can capitalize on the Palin phenomena with very little effort.
Experience is just the start
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008
Many of us are still trying to figure out who Sarah Palin is and what experience she brings to Number One Observatory Circle.
Family experience fosters insight
Friday, Aug. 22, 2008
A friend of mine sent me a compelling letter concerning her two adopted children and their journey to recovery from a disorder many people have not heard of: attachment disorder.

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