Why Government Openness Matters

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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

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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 … [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...]

City Council’s decision questioned

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To the editor: I can't vote in Mesquite... but it was with interest I note the city wouldn't let a tea house open on Riverside Road, but a Marijuana business was approved in record time. Makes one wonder. Congratulations to Kraig Hafen.  The … [Read more...]

An endorsement from Bullhead City

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To the editor: I want to encourage your readers who live on the Arizona Strip to vote for Sam Medrano for State Representative, District Five. As a resident of Bullhead City, I can attest to Sam’s willingness to stand up and fight for what is … [Read more...]

Doctors need to know what they’re prescribing

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Oxycodone and Morphine, that is what the doctor here in Mesquite and in Las Vegas ordered for my daughter for knee pain. She freely told them she was a recovering heroin addict, clean for several years but he ordered it anyway. I believe that there … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]