What to Do About Wild Horses?

Part two or two In his newly published book, “Wild Horse Country,” writer David Philipps offers his suggestion for what to do about the overpopulation of wild horses in the West, which are overgrazing the open range: “The solution is mountain lions.” Realizing that this will leave horse-huggers aghast and cause cattle and sheep ranchers… [More…]

New Book Explores ‘Wild Horse Country’

What should be done about wild horses? Colorado-based writer David Philipps attempts to answer that question in his 316-page book “Wild Horse Country,” published in October. The book sweeps across a span of time and landscape as vast as the range of the wild horse, delving into views and suggestions from horse-huggers and horse-disparagers alike,… [More…]

Nevada’s Own Sex Scandal Needs a Full Airing

The year 2017 will go down as the year sexual harassment claims erupted — from Hollywood to D.C., from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey, from Senate candidate Roy Moore to Sen. Al Franken. Lest we forget, this year Nevada had its own sex scandal, but, unlike the others, this one was buried in secrecy and… [More…]

Tax Reform Debate Falls down a Rabbit Hole

If you are trying to follow the debate in Washington about tax reform in its various and evolving iterations, you are likely to come away muttering: Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure. This past week the House passed its version of tax reform by a vote of 227-205 with not a single Democrat voting… [More…]

Va Health System Continues to Need Bandaging

A month ago USA Today published the results of a months-long investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs that found the agency covered up mistakes and misdeeds by doctors, nurses and staffers, often by cutting secret severance agreements and then writing large severance checks. “In some cases, agency managers do not report troubled practitioners to… [More…]

Constitution Stretched to the Breaking Point

If words can mean anything anyone says they mean, then words are meaningless. That is what the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has done with the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The appellate court overturned a federal judge who found that the Commerce Clause does not give Congress the power under the Endangered Species… [More…]

Wildfires: an Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure

Wildfires have become an increasingly costly and devastating problem in the West over the past decades as federal land managers have increasingly restricted logging and road building and maintenance. The average number of acres burned each year in the past decade has topped 6 million, compared to 3 million a year in the 1970s. As… [More…]

Tax Reform Bill Divides Nevada Delegation Along Party Lines

Like everything else to come out of Washington, the House tax reform bill introduced this past week has turned into a partisan hissing match in a fact-free zone. Republicans hail it as an economy-stimulating second coming, while Democrats decry it as a sop to the wealthy and a death knell for the middle class. The… [More…]

Time to Relax Professional Job Licensing Burden

We have ranted and railed for years about the excessive and job-killing professional licensing requirements in Nevada — to no avail. Nevada has long ranked among the worst locales in the nation for limiting competition for jobs in certain professions — and not just doctors and lawyers, but also bricklayers, makeup artists, bus drivers, painters,… [More…]

Federally Funded Gun Study Misfires

Spend enough money, crunch enough data — you can “prove” anything. A recent study out of the hallowed halls of the University of California at Berkeley found a 70 percent increase in gun deaths and injuries in California communities after gun shows in nearby Nevada cities, but no increase in gun violence following gun shows… [More…]