Be aware of scams in everyday life

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We’ve all heard about scams. They plague us daily in one form or another. Whether it’s another envelope from the sweepstakes company claiming you could win a million dollars a week for life, or an email from some Prince in India who wants to marry … [Read more...]

Nevada lawmakers need to finally tackle public employee pension costs

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When the Nevada Legislature meets in the spring it is going to have to sharpen a lot of pencils to figure out how to balance the coming biennial budget. Lawmakers must contend with growing public school enrollment, growing Medicaid enrollments, … [Read more...]

Congress should resurrect federalism and let the states and local governments do their jobs

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"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State Governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, … [Read more...]

Improving Mesquite, one happy thought at a time

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On a daily basis, there is always someone, somewhere, complaining about something. Mesquite is no exception to that rule. Working in the media for the past four years has opened my eyes to more of that than I could have ever imagined. Some of it is … [Read more...]

Congress should block EPA effort to impose lower ozone standard

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Just think of the Environmental Protection Agency as the princess and ozone as the pea, and you will get some idea of the scope of the problem. In 2008, the EPA set the ground-level ozone standard for air quality at 75 parts per billion (ppb). … [Read more...]

First thing to do about getting your news in the paper is to let us know

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During the past few weeks, I have been approached by several readers and friends asking me about the content that has been published in the Mesquite Local News. I recall one of them suggesting that we were favoring a specific group in town, like … [Read more...]

Reid schedules Senate vote on repealing free speech section of First Amendment

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The U.S. Senate slipped out of D.C. for its August recess just as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled a vote on a constitutional amendment that would repeal the free speech section of the First Amendment. The vote on S.J. Res. 19 will take … [Read more...]

Margins tax could scare off potential job creators, like Tesla Motors

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Tesla Motors has now confirmed it has broken ground on land outside Reno for a potential site for a $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory that would employ as many as 6,500 workers. According to a Las Vegas news account, in a letter to … [Read more...]

Time to make an example of open meeting scofflaws

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Nevada’s open meeting law has been widely flouted and largely ignored by numerous public agencies across the state who find it inconvenient and unseemly to conduct the public’s business in public, and the attorneys general over the years have been … [Read more...]

Pipeline a mistake despite circumstances

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The Las Vegas newspaper this past week editorially pointed out the city's primary water source is drying up. That's obvious from the broad white bathtub ring around Lake Mead. To slake Las Vegas’ thirst, the editorialists suggest tapping … [Read more...]