The celebration of the sesquicentennial of Nevada’s ‘statehood’ may be a bit premature

O n Oct. 31, 1864 — 150 years ago — President Lincoln declared, “Now, therefore, be it known, that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in accordance with the duty imposed upon me by the act of congress aforesaid, do hereby declare … [Read more...]

Delusional candidates think wealth can be created by robbing Peter to pay Paul

Vice President Joe Biden breezed through Nevada one afternoon earlier this month, stopping long enough to pitch the idea of increasing the federal minimum wage 40 percent from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, saying this would not cost jobs and would pump … [Read more...]

If you haven’t taken the time to study the candidates and issues: Don’t vote

Early voting starts Saturday. Election Day is Nov. 4. It is time to start cramming for the test — a test of the American democratic republic. Normally this time of year you hear: Be sure and vote. Your vote counts. It is your civic duty to … [Read more...]

Arguments against voter approval of margin tax just keep piling us

Every time someone kicks over another margin tax rock, another monster comes crawling out. We’ve already learned from previous studies and analyses that The Education Initiative, or margin tax, on the November General Election ballot might not … [Read more...]

17th Amendment has left states powerless against popularly elected Congress — repeal it

We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. … [Read more...]

Tesla Motors tax deal fails on principle and economic viability

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The deal the governor and the state Legislature cut with Tesla Motors to lure its proposed $5 billion lithium-ion battery plant to Nevada trammels the fundamental principles on which this nation was founded and is economically naïve. The deal … [Read more...]

At Reid’s energy summit, no heretics or blasphemy allowed

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At this past week’s Brother Harry’s seventh-annual Traveling Planet Salvation Show with all-day preaching and frequent amens from the choir — Can I get a witness, Brother? — presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton had the faithful … [Read more...]

How can Nevada provide justice for indigents accused of crimes in rural counties

A commission set up by Nevada’s Supreme Court has found that in rural counties the system for providing attorneys for poor people accused of crimes is broken and is in desperate need of fixing. The Indigent Defense Commission is expected to … [Read more...]

Time to stop warrantless searches and seizures of private property in Nevada

Civil asset forfeiture has turned into a fundraising scam for federal and local law enforcement agencies, who use the excuse that seized cash, cars and homes are the product of suspected criminal endeavors and thus forfeitable to the government, … [Read more...]

Doling out tax favors to private companies does nothing to improve state’s economy

Largely overlooked at first during all the congratulatory back slapping — which came with the news that Tesla Motors had built an earthen pad in an industrial park east of Sparks for its new $5 billion lithium-ion battery “gigafactory” that would … [Read more...]

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