Silly bill would create Public Lands Day

Some people have a really strange concept of “democracy,” and that says a lot about some of the people elected to the Nevada Legislature. Also, if you thought an earlier proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day as a silly waste of time and paper, wait till you take a gander at Senate… [More…]

Is This You? 52 Pick Up

It took years of listening to those close to me to learn the type of lettuce I bought was not the best. “No flavor,” Rots too fast,” and just plain “Yuck,” I was lovingly told. It was suggested I buy one of those packs of hearts of romaine lettuce to see the difference. It tastes… [More…]

Wild horse suit dismissal leaves inhumane conditions in place

There is something positively perverse about the gloating coming from the self-styled wild horse advocates over the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejection of a lawsuit intended to force federal land agencies in Nevada to reduce the overpopulation of feral horses on the range. The suit from the Nevada Association of Counties, the Nevada… [More…]

Forget PILT checks, transfer federal lands

There is considerable consternation in rural counties across the West over the Trump administration planning to cut the size of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) checks this year. The current budget blueprint calls for cuts but doesn’t specify how much. Because the federal government does not pay property taxes, since 1977 Congress has seen… [More…]

Is this You? Name That Thingy

When time is on your side some time is spent doing some of those things you think of doing but can’t do because you haven’t got the time do them. That is where my other half and I have recently found ourselves—with time on our hands. We are kind of retired but not really retired… [More…]

Forfeiture of property should be tied to a conviction

A couple of weeks ago we editorially bemoaned the fact that no one had introduced a bill in the state Legislature to restrict the practice of law enforcement agencies seizing private property — homes, cars, cash and such — under the presumption it is the product of criminal activity, but without ever having to actually… [More…]

Bill could dilute Nevada’s presidential voting power

There is a bill pending in the Legislature that could have the effect of diluting the state’s voting power in presidential elections. Assembly Bill 274 would rope Nevada into a compact called the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.” Instead of awarding Nevada’s six electoral votes — one for… [More…]

Is this You? I Think, Not

I Think, Not If thinking was a sport I would cross the finish line towards the back of the pack. Coming around the final turn my view would be of flung mud and wisps of mares’ tails. This is not to say I don’t think. That I am not the sharpest tool in the shed.… [More…]

Lowering age of compulsory education could be harmful

Nevada lawmakers have for decades been throwing taxpayer money at various feel-good-but-futile programs and schemes in an attempt to drag the state’s public education system up from the lowest rungs. The latest proposal to surface in the Legislature in Carson City might not be merely futile, but actually harmful. Democratic North Las Vegas Assemblywoman Olivia… [More…]

Why Nevada joined a Wisconsin property rights case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a rather obscure and complicated property case titled Murr v. Wisconsin, in which the Murr family claims the value of their waterfront property was drastically reduced by government regulations. The Murrs argued the regulation essentially reduced the value of their property and the government should compensate… [More…]