Ely: Mining, Murals, and Trains, Oh My

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Sometimes you just need a break from the hectic retired life. How about a road trip? Vegas? Hawaii? Been there, done that. Since Deb and I like to sample remote destinations, Ely, Nevada, is the place to be. And it fulfills our main requirement by … [Read more...]

Why Government Fails, and What We Should Do About It

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As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in government’s … [Read more...]

Why Incumbents Keep Getting Reelected

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It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a … [Read more...]

Mesquite’s ‘Transparency’ filled with hurdles

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By Robert Fellner Nevada’s Public Records Act — long a part of state law — gets lots of verbal support from people in state and local government. “Certainly the voters have a right to know how their money is being spent,” politicians and … [Read more...]

Are We Doomed to Polarization?

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We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both … [Read more...]

The Lesson Congress Should Learn from the VA Scandal

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Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of … [Read more...]

VA treatment has history

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So, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned this past week as a result of the scandal over veterans dying while waiting to receive treatment at a Phoenix VA hospital. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller’s strongly worded call for his ouster surely … [Read more...]

Permanent Records

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Typing awards were given out at a local school recently. The winners were pictured with their awards on the front page of our weekly newspaper.  It was nice to see those smiling faces, gleaming with pride. I noticed, however; yes I have a however, … [Read more...]

Parks designation a way to bypass Congress

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President Obama this past week announced the creation of a national monument in southern New Mexico — the 500,000-acre Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, which contains hiking trails, Native American ruins and Outlaw Rock, where Billy … [Read more...]

It’s time to protest new EPA rules

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Is there nothing the federal government will not micromanage into a bureaucratic knot of red tape? Now the Environmental Protection Agency has rewritten the rules for the Clean Water Act in such a way that gives it authority over just about any … [Read more...]