Author: Thomas Mitchell

Disclaimer clause reduces NV authority

When Nevada became a state in 1864, its new Constitution contained a so-called Disclaimer Clause, just like every other new state being admitted, in which the residents of the territory were required to “forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within said territory, and that the same shall be and remain at the sole and entire disposition of the United States.” The state disclaimed all rights and title “forever,” but the U.S. was not handed those rights and title “forever.” The language was merely a legal formality to fully clear the title to said...

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Don’t pave paradise to put up a solar array

At one point in the film an exasperated woman explains, “Ruining things to go ‘green’ is an oxymoron.” That is pretty much the theme of Robert Lundahl’s documentary film “Who Are My People,” which had its Nevada premiere earlier this month, the same evening after Harry Reid’s perennial Brother Reid traveling planet salvation show, otherwise called the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0, in which a gaggle of government and industry luminaries touted the value of renewable energy projects, mostly on federal public land. Unlike Reid and company, Lundahl, who grew up in the desert Southwest, sees something wrong with...

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Drone company is the one that got away

Earlier this month, there was a big ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Las Vegas office of SolarCity — a company that installs rooftop solar panels at homes, businesses and government buildings, just like a dozen other taxpaying Nevada companies. SolarCity was enticed to open here with a $1.2 million grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). At about the same time, GOED announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Province of Alberta, Canada, to collaborate on developing unmanned aerial systems, commonly called drones. Tom Wilczek, aerospace and defense industry specialist for GOED, said...

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Back home in Silver State, Reid speaks conservatively

People have long noticed that Nevada’s senior senator talks more conservatively while home than he does inside the Beltway. Harry Reid has now dropped all pretext. While on public radio and public television this past Friday, he admitted the objective of ObamaCare is eventually to nationalize health care — also known as the public option. During a discussion of the myriad adjustments, waivers and delays that have plagued the Affordable Care Act, a liberal newspaper columnist suggested to Reid that these problems would not exist had Congress simply passed a single-payer system and ended private health insurance entirely. “Don’t...

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Third amendment now dead with the other nine

I’ve long observed that every single one of the 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights has at one time been ignored, abused or trammeled — except the Third, which prohibits housing soldiers in private homes. Now the Third appears to have been stomped on with jackboots right here in Nevada. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Nevada a month ago, Henderson resident Anthony Mitchell and his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell accuse the Henderson and North Las Vegas police of commandeering their two homes, which are across the street from each other, to use...

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