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Dennis Myers

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.”

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Ravens only part of problem for grouse, tortoise

Many years ago when I started covering Nevada’s capitol, one of the best parts of the job was the building itself.

Poise, smarts trump politics

Last week, female college students were in the news in Missouri and Nevada.

Political language more debased than ever

I received an email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week. The subject line read, “Boehner Meets the Press, Lies.”

Which comes first, principle or commerce?

The attempt by Republican members of the Nevada Legislature to use government to permit discrimination against gays under the guise of religious freedom appears to have come to an end. I say “appears” because the closing days of most legislatures produce some surprises, and there’s always the chance the bills could be revived then under some parliamentary machinations.

Recognition may — or may not — state the obvious

I always tell myself it’s the last time I will write about State Things, but something always comes along to return me to the topic. Truth to tell, I love writing about them.

Reid announcement occasion for more bile

The day Harry Reid announced his retirement, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch told a radio reporter, “Reid is one of my friends, but he’s been a pathetic majority leader as far as I’m concerned. He thought he was doing right by protecting his side, but I think the American people resented him because he got nothing done.”

Reid anoints his own candidates

Harry Reid’s decision to retire from Congress turned attention immediately to his replacements, not least because he himself promptly tried to influence his successors both as senator and as Democratic floor leader.

Lottery proposals wind up ‘screwing the poor’

“There’s a correlation between those who play the lottery and income,” Nevada economist Thomas Cargill said in 2005. “You know, the lottery is a regressive tax on people who are not very good at math. I saw that on a bumper sticker in California.”

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