Fireworks, long associated with Independence Day, are becoming more common year round. Not only do they lose some of their "wow" factor, fireworks and other traditions and symbols can lose their meaning when it comes to our nation's heritage.
It's a rough, tough world out there, where we are quick to retaliate, blame or gesture crudely instead of extending grace and forgiveness. Isn't life too short for us not to want to be better than that?
Vote this Election Day but then don't walk away. If we truly want our cities and towns, neighborhoods and schools to be better, we can't leave it to our government and our leaders. They can't do it all, nor should they. Having a strong community, a prospering nation and the kind of society we want for ourselves and our families really isn't up to our elected leaders, it's up to you and me.
Please scroll down for past editions of Beyond the Headlines Northern Nevada's public radio station, KUNR 88.7 FM, continues to expand its local news focus with Beyond the Headlines. The one-hour show airs Friday at 2 p.m.
Beyond the Headlines covers a broad range of current events and seeks to get perspectives on all sides of the stories that affect the region.
On the first-ever broadcast of "Beyond the Headlines" we dive into the upcoming elections. Brandon Rittiman interviews Columnist Jon Ralston about Nevada's US Senate Race. Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk explains issues surrounding early voting. And Gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid (D) takes questions about his platform and trying to overcome his poor performance in the polls.