States can do a better job of savings endangered species and jobs, too

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The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 was intended to protect the grand and noble eagles, bears, whooping cranes and condors, but it has turned into a tool for self-styled environmental groups to wipe productive human endeavors from private and … [Read more...]

Think tank offers road map for Nevada lawmakers

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The state of Nevada — for the first time since before the Great Depression — has a Republican governor and Republican majorities in both the Assembly and state Senate, as well as all the statewide elective offices, providing an opportunity to finally … [Read more...]

New attorney general needs to hit the ground running on issues involving federal land agencies

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Newly elected Attorney General Adam Laxalt has promised to make a priority of defending the state and its businesses and residents against overzealous federal encroachment on rights to use public and private land within the state of Nevada. He says … [Read more...]

Let water seek its price level in a free market

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The West has been parched by drought for 15 years. Lake Mead stands at 39 percent of its capacity. Thousands of acres of agricultural land lie fallow. Fruit and nut trees are dying. Cities are banning lawn watering. The dwindling waters of the … [Read more...]

The celebration of the sesquicentennial of Nevada’s ‘statehood’ may be a bit premature

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On Oct. 31, 1864 — 150 years ago — President Lincoln declared, “Now, therefore, be it known, that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in accordance with the duty imposed upon me by the act of congress aforesaid, do hereby declare and … [Read more...]

Delusional candidates think wealth can be created by robbing Peter to pay Paul

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Vice President Joe Biden breezed through Nevada one afternoon earlier this month, stopping long enough to pitch the idea of increasing the federal minimum wage 40 percent from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, saying this would not cost jobs and would pump … [Read more...]

If you haven’t taken the time to study the candidates and issues, DON’T VOTE!

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Early voting starts Saturday. Election Day is Nov. 4. It is time to start cramming for the test — a test of the American democratic republic. Normally this time of year you hear: Be sure and vote. Your vote counts. It is your civic duty to … [Read more...]

Latest study should further dampen Las Vegas’ appetite for rural groundwater

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A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey published this summer has added credence and hard numbers to the arguments from opponents to a plan by Las Vegas water utilities to tap 84,000 acre-feet of groundwater from valleys in White Pine and Lincoln … [Read more...]

Arguments against voter approval of margin tax just keep piling up

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Every time someone kicks over another margin tax rock, another monster comes crawling out. We’ve already learned from previous studies and analyses that The Education Initiative, or margin tax, on the November General Election ballot might not … [Read more...]

17th Amendment has left states powerless against popularly elected Congress — repeal it

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We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. … [Read more...]