Changing high school start times will not solve teenage sleep issues
The Nevada State Board of Education recently passed a regulation requiring later start times for Nevada public high schools. This unfunded mandate is unneeded and unwanted. The issue supposedly being addressed is the rampant sleep deprivation among adolescents. The Board believes moving to later start times at high schools will effectively address sleep deficits and […]
Nevada’s most important taxpayers deserve a rebate
Nevada’s tax structure makes its working class poorer. In Nevada, the smaller your income, the higher the percentage of your income you pay in taxes. Nevadans with the lowest incomes pay an effective tax rate that is five times higher than that paid by the state’s wealthiest residents, according to one independent analysis. (There exists […]
The Supreme Court’s originalists have taken over. Here’s how they interpret the Constitution.
Today a majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices are either self-described originalists or strongly lean toward originalism. Yet less than 50 years ago, originalism was considered a fringe movement, hardly taken seriously by most legal scholars. So, what is originalism, and why is it so influential today? Originalism is the theory that judges are bound […]
Credit Card Competition Act would bolster tourism industry
While inflation has fallen from previous record-highs, the lingering effects continue to put a damper on the finances of everyday Nevadans. Goods and services are still more expensive and tourist hot spots like Las Vegas are still recovering from the pandemic-driven downturn. To help bolster the tourism industry in the state, it’s critical that Nevada Sens. Jacky […]
Everyone smile and say ‘fiduciary responsibility’
Nevada’s resort industry and Nevada’s for-profit electric monopoly are not seeing eye to eye. Again. There are a lot of reasons your power bills are higher, including bizarre and relatively brief but nonetheless record-setting spikes in natural gas prices nationally earlier this year. About 2/3 of electricity NV Energy generates is from natural gas. The […]
Ford’s pardon of Nixon created a bad precedent
Most of former President Trump’s rivals for the Republican presidential nomination have given full-throated support for him in his current criminal travails, even saying they would pardon him if he is convicted of any – or all – of the 90-something charges. The notion that a president could be pardoned for criminal offenses would have […]
NASA report finds no evidence that UFOs are extraterrestrial
NASA’s independent study team released its highly anticipated report on UFOs on Sept. 14, 2023. In part to move beyond the stigma often attached to UFOs, where military pilots fear ridicule or job sanctions if they report them, UFOs are now characterized by the U.S. government as UAPs, or unidentified anomalous phenomena. Bottom line: The […]
As Medicare begins negotiating lower drug prices, Gov. Lombardo abandons Nevadans
On August 29th, Medicare took a huge step toward making prescription drugs more affordable for Americans age 65 and older. Here in Nevada, Gov. Joe Lombardo squandered an important opportunity to make prescription drugs more affordable for residents of any age in our state. When Lombardo vetoed Assembly Bill 250 in June, he rejected a […]
Yes, it would be a relief if Biden ended his campaign
U.S. voters may not agree on much, but one thing they agree on is they don’t want a Trump-Biden rematch. Just because Republican voters appear stuck on, and with, Trump, doesn’t mean Democrats can’t mix things up. But no Democrat has come forward to primary the current president (a wayward Kennedy doesn’t count), so the […]
Eisenhower defeated authoritarians in Europe. His foundation now covers for one in the U.S.
Kansas’ own Dwight D. Eisenhower served as supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe during World War II and defeated a rising tide of fascism and authoritarianism. As a popular two-term president, he governed as a pragmatic conservative — sustaining prosperity, supporting integration and supporting international alliances. In every way, he lived and governed as the opposite to former President […]
Corporate consolidation is hurting Americans. Now is the time to rein it in.
Just weeks after Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services called off a mega-merger that would have remade Minnesota’s healthcare system, Cleveland-Cliffs announced its interest in acquiring U.S. Steel, a combination that would remake Minnesota’s Iron Range. The relentless pace of merger news is no anomaly though. In 2021 merger activity set an all-time high helping contribute to a pace of consolidation that would […]
From DACA recipient to advocate: Championing AB226 for education equality
As a young Latina and a first-generation college student, my journey through higher education is filled with obstacles and triumphs. The path to higher education was difficult for me when I arrived in Nevada four years ago because of financial burdens and systemic barriers. My story is not unique, as countless immigrants and people of […]