Donald Munn is a poster boy, a pinata and a lightning rod. Depending on how you look at the facts, he’s either the unluckiest, most persecuted public employee of our time or Taxpayer Enemy No. 1.
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Some Nevadans in the news have been naughty this year. Some have been nice. And some, to no one’s surprise, have been downright stupid.
A war on choice is being fought nationwide, but it’s not being prosecuted or publicized in the way you might think.
Consider how “The Jerry Springer Show” has lowered the bar for television programming, and you’ll start to understand what Lisa Willardson is doing to the Nevada judiciary.
It took medical marijuana advocates more than 12 years to persuade the Nevada Legislature to enable the lawful sale of the drug through dispensaries. It might take as long for Southern Nevada governments to allow those dispensaries to actually open their doors.
All the local discussions about lifting student achievement through class-size reduction, expanded full-day kindergarten, expanded pre-kindergarten and intensified English Language Learner instruction are putting the cart before the horse.
If you like your public school, you may not be able to keep your public school.
Apparently, Nevada’s deep business ties to Macau mean nothing to China — at least as far as the military is concerned.
Identifying the single worst mistake by congressional Republicans in this month’s shutdown debacle is tough. There were too many strategic blunders to count.
A new state medical school in Southern Nevada will cost a fortune. And that’s before the first student puts on a white robe.
At lunchtime Monday, a brand-new government body reboots one of the valley’s most important economic development initiatives.
The American people are a political paradox.
The Nevada Democratic Party has an organization superior to the GOP’s, a big voter-registration advantage, a superior ground game, better discipline, more unity, way more money and a vast network of politically active constituencies to help elect its candidates.
The voting public can be forgiven for considering the advice of sketchy political outfits that work to influence elections.
Marijuana makes politicians do some pretty dope things. Clinging to the principles of Prohibition, imprisoning nonviolent Americans and making cancer patients suffer unnecessarily come to mind.
How much is a “real” pay raise? Apparently, not 4 percent.
Denial is not just a river in Egypt. It’s Harry Reid’s perpetual state of mind.
Everyone wants a pay raise. A highly productive, fortunate few of us might actually get one.
To say valley parents are starving for school choice is an insult to hunger. Demand for public school alternatives to typical neighborhood campuses is so great, the state is years away from being able to meet it.
Nevada needs another education panel about as much as it needs another wildfire. The state’s flow chart of school commissions and councils, and how they interact with one another, looks like something out of a Sunday “Dilbert” comic strip. Obviously, this bureaucratic maze hasn’t served Nevada students especially well.
English Language Learning, long the heaviest anchor on achievement and graduation rates in Nevada’s public schools, has a higher political profile and higher funding levels than ever before. But will more attention and more money make a difference if schools don’t change the way they teach kids who speak another language at home?
At the intersection of immigration, tax, economic development and education policy is Nevada’s most important issue: English Language Learning in the Clark County School District.
Some good news on the free speech front: Clark County government now has a hands-off approach on protests, demonstrations and political expression.
How do you feel about your tax dollars supporting a contractor with ties to imprisoned polygamist-rapist Warren Jeffs?
Progress in the Nevada Legislature, whatever the cause, is notoriously incremental. Seismic shifts in policy are the rare exception, not the rule.