Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Why did Governor Sandoval veto the Ely disincorporation bill? Why would he care? It had passed the Nevada Senate unanimously – and the House almost unanimously. Why would Governor Sandoval deny Ely the direct democracy of an … [Read more...]

Taxpayer’s guide to Sandoval’s record tax hike in Nevada

By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence Nevada State Controller and Assistant Controller This column reviews the new and increased taxes, totaling $700-million per year, passed recently by Nevada’s Legislature at the behest of Gov. Brian … [Read more...]

Be careful what you so ask for – you just might get it – good and hard

Return with us now to those thrilling days of the 2013 Nevada legislative session, when lawmakers, determined to save the planet from carbon dioxide-induced global warming by closing down all of the state electric grid’s coal-fired power plants, … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: It was refreshing to see some new faces on Sunday during the latest community clean up. Although the turnout was only about 15 or 20 people, we did get a load (at least 35 bags or so) of trash picked up and delivered to the … [Read more...]

From the Capital

By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence  Nevada State Controller and Assistant Controller Nevada's 2015 legislative session was dubbed "the education session" by some people, and there were major changes in our K-12 system.  Yet, despite much talk … [Read more...]

Anti-buylling law may have wide-spread unintended consequences

In his latest book, “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Senseless Bureaucracy,” Philip K. Howard writes about how American lawmakers have abandoned all pretext of common sense and letting people just work things out. For any ill … [Read more...]

Finally, some common sense compromise from the BLM on grazing

Sometimes you just have to call their bluff. The Bureau of Land Management had for two years denied permission for Badger Ranch owners Dan and Eddyann Filippini to graze cattle on their North Buffalo and Copper Canyon allotments — which is … [Read more...]

TSA’s big failure

In this age of terrorism, no one seriously argues against the dismantling of the TSA --the Transportation Security Administration. But after the latest test that found that TSA failed in its primary job of preventing bombs on airplanes, it would … [Read more...]

Education savings accounts will be a boon to education

One of the few things of value to be ground up and spat out by our Nevada legislative sausage factory this year was the education saving accounts (ESA) law created by Senate Bill 302. Gov. Brian Sandoval quickly signed the bill into law. SB302 … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I want to extend a sincere “Thank You” to all the people who voted in our last City election. Your vote is the cornerstone of our entire governmental process, and I praise each of you for making the effort to be involved. It has … [Read more...]