Silly bill would create Public Lands Day

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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 … [Read more...]

Forget PILT checks, transfer federal lands

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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 … [Read more...]

Forfeiture of property should be tied to a conviction

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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 … [Read more...]

Lowering age of compulsory education could be harmful

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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 … [Read more...]

Time to stop police from extorting cash and property

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The appalling Constitution-bending practice by which law enforcement agencies have for years seized private property under the presumption it is the product of criminal activity without ever having to go the bothersome effort of actually, you know, … [Read more...]

Trump right to rein in EPA water grab

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President Trump this past week signed an executive order telling the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the so-called waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule created under the Obama administration, which … [Read more...]

Learning to have fun

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I have been working for 51 years. Considering I’m only 35 years old, I think that’s quite a feat. For some of you, that’s shy of – oh, I don’t know how many days and weeks. It’s time for me to learn how to have fun. I’m going on a quest to … [Read more...]

Open primary proposal would obviate political parties

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A bill is wending its ways through the halls of the legislative building in Carson City that would jettison the current Democrat and Republican primaries in favor of an open primary system, in which anyone could sign up as a candidate and anyone … [Read more...]

Equal pay bill is a waste of time and money

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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...]

Lawmakers waste time on changing Columbus Day law

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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...]