Retirement system officials should respect transparency

What do you do with a rogue government agency that spends billions in taxpayer dollars but constantly dissembles, denies, deceives, dodges and dithers to avoid public scrutiny and does so by spending still more taxpayer money? For years the … [Read more...]

Billions for billionaries, pittance for parents

We now know the pecking order in Nevada. In his State of the State speech this past week Gov. Brian Sandoval boasted that the Tesla gigafactory near Sparks, in addition to making batteries for electric cars, would also be making electric motors … [Read more...]

Lawmakers must finally address public worker retirement reform

In his State of the State speech this past week Gov. Brian Sandoval tossed out tax money like trinkets and candy from a Mardi Gras parade float — a couple million here for this or that education program, a few million there for a veterans’ home, … [Read more...]

Will collaboration on sage grouse finally happen?

Nevada has every reason to feel like a slighted wallflower. We keep getting invited to the big sage grouse dance, but never get asked to dance. Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney Adam Laxalt and others have complained bitterly that state and local … [Read more...]

Universal gun background check law declared

Question 1 has been impaled on a Catch-22. You remember Question 1, don’t you? It was on all the ballots in Nevada and passed with a mere 50.45 percent of the vote, failing in every county except Clark. It requires almost all private sales or … [Read more...]

Congress or Trump could undo Gold Butte monument designation

There is a word for what President Obama did this past week in declaring Gold Butte a national monument: dictatorial. In just more than a year Obama has unilaterally declared off-limits to productive economic uses 1 million acres of Nevada land — … [Read more...]

Past time to abolish VA health system and give vets vouchers

This past week the Department of Veterans Affairs reluctantly released to USA Today quality of care rankings — one to five stars with one being the poorest and five the best — for its 146 VA medical centers. The VA health facilities in Las Vegas and … [Read more...]

Nevada could be ground zero for resurgence of national defense

Nevada knows nukes, or at least we used to. First, the election of Donald Trump reignited the debate over the possible resurrection of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository. Now, with a simple tweet Trump has reopened discussions about the … [Read more...]

Senate should confirm Oklahoma attorney general to head EPA

After eight years of Obama appointees trying to grab dominion over every square foot of rural land in Nevada and the West, laying claim to every mud puddle, dictating how clean the air must be and generally trampling states’ rights under a stampede … [Read more...]

Reid in farewell speech calls on press to criticize …we oblige

In what Harry Reid himself called “my final speech” this past week on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Nevada’s senator for the past three decades and minority or majority leader of Senate Democrats for more than a decade rambled for 77 minutes in his … [Read more...]