Why separation of powers must be enforced in Nevada

Assembly Bill 121 is Exhibit A in the case for finally enforcing the state constitutional mandate for separation of powers, such that each branch of government may provide checks and balances to prevent the abuse that results when power is … [Read more...]

Equal pay bill is a waste of time and money

If you ever seek to land a government contract in Nevada — paving roads, scrubbing floors, selling typing paper — under a proposed law you will be guilty until proven innocent. Assembly Bill 106, being sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Ellen … [Read more...]

Proposed environmental bills would kill jobs

With delusions of saving the planet from catastrophic warming, a Las Vegas assemblyman is offering up a futile gesture in the form of a bill to ban fracking in Nevada. According to media accounts Democratic Assemblyman Justin Watkins has stated … [Read more...]

Lawmakers waste time on changing Columbus Day law

Lawmakers have just 120 days every other year to take care of business, and they are always complaining that there just isn’t enough time to get it done. Perhaps, just perhaps, that is because they spend an incredible amount of time in pointless, … [Read more...]

Minimum wage bill doesn’t pass constitutional muster

Democrats in the Nevada Legislature have introduced Senate Bill 106, which proposes to amend the state minimum wage law by raising the minimum wage by 75 cents an hour each year until it reaches $11 an hour for employers who provide health insurance … [Read more...]

Mayor Van Camp 2017 State of the City

TO THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF ELY AND WHITE PINE COUNTY: INTRODUCTION One of the pleasant things about small town life in Ely is that it exposes us to many marvelous things, such as our wide open spaces, natural resources and dark skies.  We … [Read more...]

Lawmakers should repeal football stadium funding

It is called bait and switch. Lawmakers were summoned this past fall to Carson City and asked to pitch in $750 million toward financing a $1.9 billion domed football stadium that would house the Oakland Raiders and the UNLV football … [Read more...]

New senator wants to shred First Amendment protection

Nevada’s newly elected U.S. senator, Catherine Cortez Masto, has already taken up the cudgel against the First Amendment previously wielded by her predecessor, Harry Reid. She put out a press release recently announcing that she has joined with … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:  I am writing concerning the appointment of Mr. Mike Coster to the position of municipal judge. There are several reasons this should not have happened. Foremost being, he is not a resident of the City of Ely. I have had numerous … [Read more...]

Voter registration version of don’t ask, don’t tell

After President Trump proclaimed to the world that the only reason Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million was that 3 million or more ballots were cast fraudulently — by noncitizens, by the dead or by Box 13 in Alice, Texas, where ballot … [Read more...]