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Should Nevada enforce federal law?

Last week, U.S. Senate Democrats stopped a measure withholding federal funding for cities that provide sanctuary from federal immigration authorities for illegal aliens. The move got little attention, but one conservative website reported:

Trump’s lack of self control is alarming, troubling

On Sept. 23 in Charleston, S.C., wire service photographer Mic Smith snapped some photos of a Donald Trump audience from the back of the hall. Because the back seats were empty, it looked like the hall was half empty. Trump threw one of his famous...

One Nevada drowning evolves into three

On Sept. 9, I received an email news release from what appeared to be the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The subject line read, "Nevada Child Drownings Highest in U.S. Per Capita for August." As I read closer, I realized the release was...

Fighting crime an expensive addiction

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed nine bills passed by that state's legislature that would have created new crimes. "Each of these bills creates a new crime — usually by finding a novel way to characterize and criminalize conduct that is...

Turnover gives Nevada slow learning curve

When former U.S. Sen. Howard Cannon died in Las Vegas in 2002, he had been out of office for 19 years, after serving as a Nevada senator for a quarter of a century and as Las Vegas city attorney for four terms. I was then a television reporter, and...

Republicans crippling own party

For those who think the political system works best when both Republicans and Democrats (and other parties, if possible) are healthy, the condition of Nevada's Republican Party is disheartening. And unfortunately, most of its ill health is self-...

Treat words as powerful drugs; be wary

In Europe there is a debate going on in addition to the one over immigrants. This debate is over what to call the immigrants: migrants or refugees. There is a difference. Refugees are people fleeing from other people. Migrants are people traveling...

U.S. government encourages lawbreakers

During the Bunkerville standoff last year, many Nevada ranchers made it clear that they did not approve of Cliven Bundy's unwillingness to pay his bills. That was prudent, because however much support Bundy commanded in fringe circles, among federal...

Biden threatens progress against drug use

Vice President Joseph Biden, exploring entering the presidential race he passed up earlier, met with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren last weekend, setting off all kinds of speculation about his plans. In May, 19-year-old University of Nevada student Ivy...

Ethics of headlines can be questionable

There's a story I've often told about journalism. In 1980, the governors of California and Nevada, Jerry Brown and Robert List, met at Incline Village to discuss the future of Lake Tahoe. Because so many reporters were on hand, a journalists' group...

How not to learn our lessons

Ninety-six years ago this week, it was reported in Las Vegas that the government of France was looking for a Pioche mill worker named William Garrison. Garrison had already received the U.S. Distinguished Service Cross for bravery in action in...

Congressmembers try to override own law

On July 10, President Barack Obama designated three new national monuments, including one in Nevada — Basin and Range. He took this action under the U.S. Antiquities Act. This is unusual for a couple of reasons. One is that rarely has the United...

With Hydrox on hiatus, Oreos struggle to survive

Oreo cookies are in trouble and Nabisco (a gargantuan corporation now owned by an even more gargantuan corporation, Mondelēz International) is offering a couple of new novelty Oreos to try to revive them. They are thin Oreos and key lime Oreos. The...

Social Security numbers become riskier

Last week the U.S. Office of Personnel Management released an investigation into two serious hacks that were carried out by unknown persons in May and April. The feds are blaming the hacks on China, though blaming technology leaks on China has...

Shoddy speakers damage the language

Recently, I was reading an article in the Reno Gazette-Journal written by a University of Nevada, Reno business college staffer named Kylie Howe. It began, “I recently had the pleasure of touring Salman Ahmad through the entrepreneurship ecosystem in our very own Biggest Little City.”

Words: Use them truthfully, wisely

There is a sort of round- robin email dialogue with my brother and several friends that I am part of and that has been going on for years. Recently, we received an email message that contained this sentence: “Regarding your recent discourse on government-forced vaccinations, here is perhaps some new information you might find interesting.”

State officials poor custodians of federal land

At the just­-adjourned Nevada Legislature, lawmakers narrowly approved a measure calling on Congress to transfer title of public lands in Nevada from the federal government to state government. It’s the latest version of the Sagebrush Rebellion launched in 1979, although the sponsor of that original measure — Dean Rhoads of Tuscarora — was not crazy about subsequent groups that claimed the name.

Who speaks for small business?

On May 21, I received the daily mailing from Reader Supported News, which on that day included a reprint from the blog of former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich titled “The Revolt of Small Business Republicans.”