Where the presidential candidates stand on public land issues

With the Nevada presidential caucuses just weeks away we are offering readers a glimpse into the stances of the candidates on a key issue — federal public lands control. For the Democrats there is not much choice. Bernie Sanders has not taken a … [Read more...]

Governor offering a way to save sage grouse and mining

Gov. Brian Sandoval is imploring the Interior Department to accept a state-created alternative to its proposed draconian plan to remove millions of acres of federal public land from productive use — specifically mining — as a way of paying lip … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I’m writing to request a favor from your readers. In a college course I’m taking to become a teacher, my professor has assigned us a project to learn about a town in the U.S. She’s requiring that we do this without the use of … [Read more...]

Democrats are all for smart guns and dumb ballots

Democrats are calling for technology to be used in an attempt to thwart gun violence. They want smart guns to be mandated. Obama, after issuing his fatwa, er, executive order expanding the requirement for background checks prior to gun purchase, … [Read more...]

Huge case: One judge’s bias is another’s hard-earned experience

Earlier this month a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals printed out for the various federal public land agencies in the West a license to steal. The court kicked the quarter-century-old fight between the Pine Creek Ranch … [Read more...]

The main public interest is economic growth

By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence  In our last column, we specified the duty of elected public officials: a fiduciary duty to voters, taxpayers and the broad public interest.  Not, as some people claim, to government institutions such as the … [Read more...]

How are public school parents harmed when others exit public schools?

District Judge James Wilson in Carson City earlier this month issued an injunction blocking the implementation of the legislatively approved education savings accounts (ESAs), which were to be launched next month. In doing so, the judge said the … [Read more...]

Lawsuit challenges practice of state gifts to private companies

Earlier this month the Nevada Supreme Court heard arguments on procedural matters in a case that seeks to have declared unconstitutional the state’s practice of handing out gifts to businesses that agree to operate in Nevada and create jobs. The … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I hope all the disabled veterans and people on social security enjoyed the holidays without a C.O.L.A. increase in payments for two years in a row. What has become of this country we love, when it forgers our veterans and … [Read more...]

Pretty words covering less-than-noble motives

By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence  What’s the duty of an elected public official? Three years ago, when Ron served on the board of regents, Nevada’s elected body that governs public higher education, that board held a big discussion on system … [Read more...]