Nevada property rights case knocking on the door of the Supreme Court

A Nevada church is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its constitutional rights in the face of bureaucratic intransigence and contradictory laws. In petitioning the court for a hearing this past month, the Center for Justice and … [Read more...]

The wishes of one man drown out the voices of an entire state

What do you call a country in which one person has the power to dictate to local elected officials how land within their jurisdiction may be used or not used? Dictatorship? This past week with the proverbial stroke of his oft-bragged-about pen … [Read more...]

Feds flagrantly infringe free speech rights with futile ferreting

Reason magazine has been hit with a federal subpoena seeking “any and all identifying information” about comments posted on an online blog discussing the conviction and harsh sentence given to the founder of an online website called Silk Road, where i … [Read more...]

Those who once pushed for clean energy now balk at paying the price

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 c … [Read more...]

Anti-bullying law may have widespread 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 tha … [Read more...]

2015 Legislature was all take and no give

The expectations for the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature were exceedingly low, but, by jove, they spectacularly exceeded the lowest expectations and gave a new definition of the word “nadir.” Not only did they raise taxes and basically cre … [Read more...]

Want to save the planet? Let the cows out

Once again the sagacity of cowboy philosopher Will Rogers has been proved: “It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.” Writing in the summer edition of Range magazine longtime ecologist Allan Savory notes t … [Read more...]

Our politicians are focused on fixing the wrong problem

“Climate change is the worst problem facing the world today. We have no more important issue in the world than this issue, period,” Nevada senior Sen. Harry Reid once said on the floor of the Senate. At one of Reid’s clean energy confabs, Democ … [Read more...]

The general theory of political relativity finds a growing divide in viewpoints

"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment,” physicist Albert Einstein once observed of the stratification of our society. “Most people are even incapable of forming suc … [Read more...]

U.S. Supreme Court ruling is another push to appoint judges instead of electing them

No doubt about it, the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows Florida to bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign funding is not just a blow to free speech, but is another volley in the ongoing campaign to have judges … [Read more...]