Obamacared to single payer

By Thomas Mitchell It’s not a bug. It’s a feature. Yes, the Healthcare.gov website is a dud. Yes, people are losing their health insurance plans that they liked. Period. Yes, the prices of new individual policies are 41 percent higher on … [Read more...]

Tax money could shift from education

By Thomas Mitchell Money is fungible. This fact appears to have escaped the backers of a margins tax on businesses that is supposed to raise money for K-12 education. The measure is on the November 2014 ballot. The Nevada State Education … [Read more...]

White Pine Mining District preceeded county

Scoop away. This was the type of shovel used at the Ruth pit in the mid 1920’s. Jim Puryear is standing next to the boom. 
(Courtesy of J.E. Puryear, Pictorial History book)

  By Thomas Mitchell White Pine County derives its name from the White Pine Mountains on which there are, of course, many white pines. It was created in 1869 from Lander County with its county seat first established in Hamilton, before … [Read more...]

How margins tax hurts business

By Thomas Mitchell Though the November 2014 mid-term election is still a year away, business leaders are starting a drumbeat of opposition to a tax initiative on the ballot. Voters will be asked whether to impose a 2 percent margins tax on … [Read more...]

How state education margins would work

By Thomas Mitchell The November 2014 mid-term election is still a year away, but the campaigning over a key ballot question should be starting in earnest soon. The Nevada State Education Association managed to gather enough signatures and … [Read more...]

Feds don’t see value in oil, gas production

One of the major reasons the state Legislature passed Assembly Bill 227 this year — setting up the Nevada Land Management Task Force to study the possible transfer of certain federal public lands to the state of Nevada — was the need for economic … [Read more...]

Task force studies federal land reclaimations

By Thomas Mitchell For decades Nevadans have been trying to wrest greater control of public lands within the state from federal hegemony. This year the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 227, which created the Nevada Land Management Task Force to … [Read more...]

Task force studies federal land reclaimations

Thomas Mitchell

For decades Nevadans have been trying to wrest greater control of public lands within the state from federal hegemony. This year the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 227, which created the Nevada Land Management Task Force to study the possible … [Read more...]

Might global warming actually be beneficial?

By Thomas Mitchell American climate scientist, author and alarmist Bill McKibben earlier this month set foot on the banks of Lake Tahoe at a conservation conference to sound his jeremiad that there must be a “coordinated, global” effort to deal … [Read more...]

There are many costs of ‘going green’

By Thomas Mitchell When the Nevada Legislature passed Senate Bill 123, everyone was so thrilled about shutting down all those dirty coal-fired power plants and building millions of dollars worth of bright new clean energy solar and wind … [Read more...]

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