The President and the Congress Should Work Together on Military Intervention

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are st … [Read more...]

Hey Mon, Try a Little Jamaica

By Tom Garrison Who doesn't want to visit Jamaica? Beautiful beaches under swaying palm trees, cool Caribbean swimming, and a friendly population. However, if you can’t afford the real Jamaica (who can?), take a short drive to Little Jamaica ( … [Read more...]

The Summer of Our Discontent

Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. … [Read more...]

Why Government Openness Matters

One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies … [Read more...]

Preserve the Harvest for Winter Meals and Holiday Gifts

by Melinda Myers The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you've run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at t … [Read more...]

Ely: Mining, Murals, and Trains, Oh My

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

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 per … [Read more...]

Why Incumbents Keep Getting Reelected

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 mid … [Read more...]

Mesquite’s ‘Transparency’ filled with hurdles

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 bureaucra … [Read more...]

Are We Doomed to Polarization?

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 ide … [Read more...]