Nevada slipping in its embrace of personal and economic freedom

Nevada ranking 12th in the nation in terms of economic and personal freedom, according to the Cato Institute, is not too shabby — until you notice that we’ve fallen from No. 5 in 2000. Having legalized gambling and county-option legalized … [Read more...]

Western officials fear new EPA rules could cripple mining operations

There is growing fear among officials across the West that in the waning days of the Obama administration his Environmental Protection Agency may enact regulations that could cost the hard rock mining industry billions of dollars, jeopardizing jobs … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Eureka Cementery Cleanup Through our travels and adventures of paranormal investigating, we have had the pleasure to see beautiful and historic locations, experience exciting and sometimes terrifying events and to meet wonderful … [Read more...]

Most sheriffs and the governor oppose gun background check initiative

Three out of four Nevada county sheriffs agree, Question 1 on the November ballot, the Nevada Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative, should be voted down, because it will do nothing to prevent gun violence, will be too costly and merely put … [Read more...]

Which Senate candidate is correct on handling Social Security?

The race to replace Harry Reid in the Senate is one of the most closely watched and highly contested elections in the nation this year. The most recent poll has Republican Rep. Joe Heck leading Reid’s hand-picked Democratic opponent, former state … [Read more...]

A Nevada legacy turned on its head

By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence  Nevada was once a nationwide model of fiscal rectitude.  Not now. During the Great Depression, state leaders even launched a promotional campaign called “One Sound State” boasting of this fact.  It … [Read more...]

Court should force feds to start over on sage grouse assessment

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has filed what he is calling his final brief in the lawsuit challenging the Interior Department’s economically crippling land use restrictions under the guise of protecting greater sage grouse, perhaps signaling … [Read more...]

It is long past time to patch the broken public employee retirement system

“You know my rule, Andy,” says a grifter in an O. Henry tale, “that in all my illegitimate inroads against the legal letter of the law the article sold must be existent, visible, producible. In that way and by a careful study of city ordinances and … [Read more...]

Tea Parties were a reaction to bipartisan cronyism

By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence In our last column, we explained that the financial collapse of 2007-08 was due much to collusion between private banks and government.  Congressional mandates required lenders to issue mortgages to people who … [Read more...]

Federal stream diversion has washed out church property

The little Patch of Heaven keeps getting washed away a little bit at a time. Since 2010 the Ministero Roca Solida (Solid Rock) church, which owns a 40-acre parcel of private land nestled in the middle of the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge … [Read more...]