A round of applause is in order for the Clark County Commission. It's not every day that an elected body is willing to revisit a pointless law that hurts businesses.
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The article on the National Clean Energy Summit quotes all the President Barack Obama catchphrases that seem to support residential rooftop solar systems for Nevada homeowners ("Obama talks clean energy at summit," Aug. 25 Review-Journal). The article states in part that Sen. Harry Reid said he wasn't satisfied with the current rooftop solar energy model used by NV Energy.
There was a time when an endorsement from Sen. Harry Reid would end debate among Democrats seeking office in Nevada.
Hey, look! The Nevada System of Higher Education released a report funded by taxpayers! Of course, this report wouldn't have been necessary if the system had released a previous report funded by taxpayers. Or if the members of the Nevada Board of Regents were interested in addressing obvious efforts by Chancellor Dan Klaich and his staff to protect their office from outside criticism and governance reforms that would have reduced their power — and perhaps made colleges better.
Nevada's Education Savings Accounts were destined for a court challenge before the legislation even made it to Gov. Brian Sandoval's desk this year. So it wasn't entirely surprising that the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed a lawsuit last week arguing that the ESA law isn't constitutional and should be thrown out.
Defending his education budget ("Public vote on tax package sought," Aug. 11 Review-Journal), Gov. Brian Sandoval calls the referendum filed by a group of anti-tax Republicans "a wrongheaded attack on the children and families of Nevada." Then, listing nine elements of the program, Gov. Sandoval asks, "What will you cut?"
The unmanned aerial vehicle industry could create more than 100,000 U.S. jobs, with an economic impact of $82 billion within 10 years, according to a study prepared for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Those positions will include everything from computer software development to engineering, manufacturing and piloting.
Is CNN interested in helping registered Republicans choose a presidential nominee, or is it committed to protecting the establishment candidates who are so unappealing to a substantial part of the party's base?
Finally, an editorial from the Review-Journal I totally agree with.
So it's the We Decide Coalition versus the Coalition for Nevada's Future, then.
The EPA has validated Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt's decision to sue the agency over its never-ending pursuit of expanded power at the expense of states and private property rights.
Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Nevada's public education system 50th in the nation. This is no surprise. Our state has been at the bottom in education for at least a decade. According to the most recent Nation's Report Card, Nevada's school funding system is the nation's worst.
The headline on John L. Smith's Dash Pass column read, "DMV's Dash Pass penalized poor, less tech-savvy" (July 25 Review-Journal online). If that headline were expanded, it might have read, "DMV's Dash Pass penalized poor, less tech-savvy, so instead we will cancel the service and penalize those who are up to date with current and affordable technology." After all, who doesn't have a cellphone these days?
Calling Nevada's new Education Savings Accounts vouchers doesn't make them vouchers.
Reading state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer's statement about the Education Savings Accounts lawsuit left me amazed ("ACLU sues to block education accounts," Friday Review-Journal). Nevada's assistant Senate majority leader said "the ACLU wants to go back to a system of hard zoning, forcing poor and minority students into chronically failing schools and furthering cycles of generational poverty."
The More Cops tax is back before the Clark County Commission, in a form that appears to have what its previous incarnations didn't: the five-vote supermajority required for passage.
On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Two weeks ago, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.
When U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials arrived at the dedication site of the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway in June 1989, they were met by a line of peaceful protesters from the Moapa Band of Paiutes. The Paiutes were deeply concerned about the road. An official byway meant increased access, more motorized vehicles and the potential for disrespect and destruction of sites that are part of the Moapa Paiutes' cultural heritage.
The Federal Election Commission, founded by Congress in 1975, is an independent regulatory agency entrusted with a very narrow mission: to enforce campaign finance laws. No more than three of the six commissioners can be members of the same party, and at least four votes — a bipartisan majority — are required for any official commission action.
I am tired of politicians, government bureaucrats and undocumented immigrant advocates (not to mention news organizations) continually stating that the number of undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States is "11 million to 12 million." The Social Contract Press published a 2007 article in which the Los Angeles Times cited the number of undocumented immigrants living in the country at the time as between 8 million and 12 million.
Clark County has all kinds of fun attractions, things to do and family-friendly outdoor recreation. But it doesn't have a major zoo. And next week, the Clark County Commission very well might put down the region's closest thing to one.
Regarding John L. Smith's column, I am just curious as to whether Michael McDonald will donate his body to science to study when he dies ("McDonald's loan role looking more clear," Tuesday Review-Journal). This man's skin has to be made of Teflon.
There's a certain demographic in this country — it's unseemly to mention the specific population by name — that has no sense of personal responsibility.
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