I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr If Dr. King were alive today, half a century after his famous speech, he would surely be disappointed his dream remains unfulfilled. It seems the country is even more divided, … [Read more...] about Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Even before the federal government decided to throw roughly $4.5 billion federal dollars Nevada’s way as part of a COVID relief package, state government had been spared most of the pain from the last year of arbitrary and devastating coronavirus restrictions. While Nevada workers suffer from some of the worst unemployment rates in the nation (Las Vegas has stubbornly rated … [Read more...] about New Taxes Aren’t Just a Bad Idea, They’re an Insult to Struggling Nevadans
Despite COVID-19 shutting down business as usual, Nevada utilities companies grew over the past year. New customers signed on. New pilot programs started up. New agreements between agencies were entered into. New sources for commodities and renewable resources were found. Disconnects for nonpayment were suspended in response to the pandemic. “Utilities in Nevada have been … [Read more...] about Nevada Utilities
According to the U.S. Census, places with populations greater than 2,500 and less than 50,000 are deemed rural. Based on information from the last Census, in 2010 Nevada ranked third in states that had the largest rural populations. Nevada’s rural population made up 5.8 percent of the whole. Rural Nevada often doesn’t get as much media attention as metro counties Clark and … [Read more...] about The Possibilities of Rural Nevada
Mercifully, 2020 will soon be over. Given the way this year has been a non-stop exhibition of cultural, social and political crises, it’s tempting to think that maybe after the election things will begin to calm down. It’s a nice thought… but it’s one that is largely divorced from reality. The truth is, from the coronavirus to the social unrest we’ve seen in 2020, the … [Read more...] about The Election Won’t Fix What’s Wrong with 2020
At what point do government mandates become so absurd and arbitrary, that it is socially acceptable to start ignoring them outright? Well, if governors keep acting the way they have throughout the coronavirus crisis, we might soon find out. From the beginning, the response to the pandemic has been a dramatic demonstration of just how capricious and arrogant politicians can … [Read more...] about Which ‘Emergency Orders’ Should We Just Start Ignoring?
Parents in the U.S. have the right to choose the best form of education for their children. Choices include public and private schools, religious-affiliated and independent schools. According to the Nevada Department of Education (DOE), northern Nevada has 39 private schools with 4,012 students attending. Southern Nevada has 90 with 15,473 students enrolled. The student to … [Read more...] about Private Education in Nevada
On March 20, Governor Sisolak ordered all nonessential businesses to close as Nevada followed shutdown orders, attempting to slow the spread of COVID-19. Overnight, the travel and tourism engine shutdown. For the first time ever, casinos closed their doors. During the first week of shutdown, nearly 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. The … [Read more...] about New Beginnings
Early morning on March 17, Nevada casinos locked their doors. Sandra Morgan, Nevada Gaming Control Board chair, has lived in Nevada since she was a year old. She grew up around the tourism industry. “My mother worked in the hospitality industry,” she explained. “When you think about the closure, and the fact they never had to lock the doors because the doors were … [Read more...] about Lights Out, Doors Locked
Seemingly overnight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has swept through the world and changed every aspect of daily activity. From home-life and recreation to work and business operations, individuals everywhere have had to quickly learn to adapt to an unprecedented event. Working from home has been a trial by fire as businesses throughout Nevada closed their doors after … [Read more...] about Temporarily Closed for Business
Destroying the financial hopes and dreams of thousands of Nevadans should have never been seen as the only way to combat a pandemic. And given the depth of the financial harm this shutdown has caused, getting people back to earning a living should, at this point, be considered equally as important as containing the spread of the virus. After all, the cost of the shutdown … [Read more...] about The Decision to ‘Re-Open’ the Economy Shouldn’t be Government’s to Make
In the final days of Nevada’s 80th Legislative Session, the Democrat majority in the Nevada State Senate and Assembly wielded their power to pass Senate Bill 551 (SB551) which raised Modified Business Tax (MBT) rates beyond their scheduled July 1, 2019 levels using a new simple majority voting threshold of 50 percent plus one vote. This vote was in direct conflict with the … [Read more...] about Maintaining Checks and Balances
Mineral County Joins Nevada's Sierra Region The economic development service area of the Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA) has now been expanded to include Mineral County. The addition grows Nevada’s Sierra region to a total land mass of 7,009 square miles and a population of over 165,450. In addition to Mineral County, the region includes Carson City and Douglas, … [Read more...] about Around the State