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

"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...]

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...]

Improving Mesquite, one happy thought at a time

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

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). Tha … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Don’t blame Mesquite’s doctors

To the editor: This letter is in response to the letter in your August 14 edition on doctors and what they are prescribing (page 4A). The choice made to take oxycodone, morphine or any other drug is the sole responsibility of the user. If the … [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...]

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

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

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 r … [Read more...]