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...]

The Lesson Congress Should Learn from the VA Scandal

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

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 t … [Read more...]

Permanent Records

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

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 t … [Read more...]

It’s time to protest new EPA rules

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...]

‘Gunfighters of Pioche’ has a certain Twain

One of the distinctive pleasures in reading Mark Twain is his ability to deliver of the most outrageous anecdotal details in such a matter-of-fact, nonchalant tone as to make it sound as though he was recounting the stitching craftsmanship at … [Read more...]

Ranchers should charge BLM for thirsty horses

AUSTIN — One of the biggest problems facing Nevada ranchers all across the central swath of the state from the California to Utah borders is an overabundance of feral horses drinking water and eating forage rightfully set aside for cattle and sheep, b … [Read more...]