Sanctuary City Suit Makes Political, Not Legal Case

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed a lawsuit this past week in Carson City attempting to block the voters from having a say on an initiative petition that would amend the state Constitution to prohibit sanctuary cities in … [Read more...]

New Book Explores ‘Wild Horse Country’

What should be done about wild horses? Colorado-based writer David Philipps attempts to answer that question in his 316-page book “Wild Horse Country,” published in October. The book sweeps across a span of time and landscape as vast as the ran … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Own Sex Scandal Needs a Full Airing

The year 2017 will go down as the year sexual harassment claims erupted — from Hollywood to D.C., from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey, from Senate candidate Roy Moore to Sen. Al Franken. Lest we forget, this year Nevada had its own sex scandal, b … [Read more...]

Constitution Stretched to the Breaking Point

If words can mean anything anyone says they mean, then words are meaningless. That is what the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has done with the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The appellate court overturned a federal judge who found that … [Read more...]

Tax Reform Bill Divides Nevada Delegation Along Party Lines

Like everything else to come out of Washington, the House tax reform bill introduced this past week has turned into a partisan hissing match in a fact-free zone. Republicans hail it as an economy-stimulating second coming, while Democrats decry it … [Read more...]

Wildfires: an Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure

Wildfires have become an increasingly costly and devastating problem in the West over the past decades as federal land managers have increasingly restricted logging and road building and maintenance. The average number of acres burned each year in … [Read more...]

Time to Relax Professional Job Licensing Burden

We have ranted and railed for years about the excessive and job-killing professional licensing requirements in Nevada — to no avail. Nevada has long ranked among the worst locales in the nation for limiting competition for jobs in certain p … [Read more...]

Good Riddance to EPA’s Clean Power Plan

President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency has pulled the plug on the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which called for power plants in every state to reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 — a not so thinly veiled … [Read more...]

Gun Law Backers Too Wily for Their Own Good

The backers of a 2016 ballot initiative to create a state law requiring criminal background checks for all private party gun sales — something not required by federal law — are asking the courts to fix a fatal flaw that they themselves cre … [Read more...]

Commerce Tax is Unnecessary and Burdensome

Gov. Brian Sandoval has been crying about a paper cut as though it were an amputation. Ever since Attorney General Adam Laxalt stated that he would run for governor next year and one of his platform positions would be the repeal of the 2015 … [Read more...]

Bill Would Limit Power to Create National Monuments

The House Committee on Natural Resources this past week approved a bill sponsored by Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop to rein in the powers granted by the Antiquities Act of 1906 that allow a president to unilaterally create huge national … [Read more...]

Jobs and Wildlife Can Coexist

In 2015 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that years of science-based protections by federal and state land use plans had substantially reduced risks to more than 90 percent of the greater sage grouse’s breeding habitats across its 173 m … [Read more...]

Tax Reform That Could Benefit Nevadans Slipping Away

It looks like a tax reform proposal that could have resulted in lower income tax rates for Nevadans is swirling down the drain. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that congressional Republicans are considering jettisoning a part of President … [Read more...]

Survey Finds Widespread Campus Intolerance for Free Speech

Welcome to the coming mobocracy. It appears we are rearing a generation that already has all the answers, knows what needs to be said and done and will brook no deviation from the preordained norm. A debate is not an option. In the face of a … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Falsely Claims Fracking will be Devastating

The Luddites are tossing legal wrenches into the economic machinery. A pair of self-styled environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court in an attempt to block oil and gas leases on tracts on Bureau of Land Management public land, … [Read more...]

Trump tells it like it is at the U.N.

The New York Times editorial called the speech bellicose and said it had a dark tone and focus. It compared the speech unfavorably to one by a more humble President Obama in 2009 when many of the same problems existed — without a hint of recognition t … [Read more...]

Zinke’s National Monument Modifications Too Modest

Frankly, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s memo to President Trump recommending modifications to a few national monuments — including the 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument in Clark County — is far too modest, but it has the Democratic conti … [Read more...]

Nevada Must Examine Yucca Mountain Opportunities as well as Risks

There are two things we can’t seem to bury: Nuclear waste and the debate over Yucca Mountain. At something dubbed the RadWaste Summit at a Las Vegas hotel earlier this month the debate over whether or not to bury nuclear waste in a labyrinth of t … [Read more...]

Democrats’ DACA Rhetoric just Muddies The Waters

The vitriol being spewed over President Trump’s suspension of Obama’s executive fiat to defer deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children are nothing more than pretentious and pointless political pat … [Read more...]

A Day Worthy of Celebrating in America: Constitution Day

This Sunday, Sept. 17, marks the anniversary of one of the most propitious days in the history of this country. On that day in 1787, the representatives at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the Constitution. It was ratified by the … [Read more...]