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...]

Sen. Reid doesn’t need a slush fund to cover retirement expenses

Harry Reid, who became a multi-millionaire over the course of his many decades as an elected and appointed public servant, never seems to run out of schemes to avoid spending that wealth when he can instead tap other sources of funds as if they were … [Read more...]

Five years later, owners of church retreat still await justice

While media attention has been focused on a brace of Bunkerville Bundy brothers bunking with some buddies bearing arms in federal buildings in a wildlife refuge near Burns, Ore., in a futile gesture of protest over the mistreatment of a local … [Read more...]

Public employees deserve first amendment freedom

By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence  Geoff used to subscribe to Sports Illustrated. Since he decided not to take the magazine, he no longer has to pay its subscription fee. Overwhelmingly, folks agree that people should be free to make the … [Read more...]

Courts should let the voters decide on commerce tax – again

In 2014 the voters of Nevada rejected by a 4-to-1 margin a tax on company revenues being pushed by the state teachers’ union. Instead, the 2015 Legislature adopted a smaller version of the same job killing business margin tax — this time dubbed a … [Read more...]

Education savings accounts law still lies in legal limbo

On New Year’s Day Nevada’s Senate Bill 302 — creating education savings accounts (ESAs) available to parents who pull their children out of public school and enroll them in private schools or homeschool them — became law. Or did it? After a … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As a stranger passing through your town, being both snow-bound and strapped for cash by a temporary cash flow problem, I was forced to move through your streets under the power of my two feet. This allowed me the opportunity to meet … [Read more...]

Congress must address Western issues it has ignored

In a few days Nevada’s Washington delegation will return to the swamp on the Potomac to face a number of major issues for the state and the West that failed to be taken care of in 2015, particularly in the massive, 2,000-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus … [Read more...]

Nevada is killing jobs it spent tax money to attract

Sometimes the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Two years ago the Governor’s Office of Economic Development doled out $1.2 million to entice rooftop solar panel installer SolarCity to open an office in Nevada and create … [Read more...]

The Godfather: It’s about family and more

By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence Why is The Godfather so popular among conservative men? A Mafia film with some famously violent scenes and dealing with the problems of a family of criminals?  A story that ends with the underworld boss fully … [Read more...]