The Rev. Jesse Jackson wants President Barack Obama to do something about the lack of diversity in the tech industry, calling it “the next step in the civil rights movement.”
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Southern Nevada’s health care system is woefully deficient in a great many medical specialties, from mental health to pediatrics. No one is more aware of the challenges of obtaining adequate treatment than the parents of autistic children.
There are so many reasons to be outraged by the Clark County School District theft operation alleged to have been carried out by Priscilla Rocha and four others, a taxpayer can’t know where to begin.
The path to lasting Middle East peace is simple.
Clark County voters do not need to be reminded of the importance of elected offices at the bottom of the ballot. Such down-ticket races attract considerably less attention and interest, creating opportunities for unqualified candidates to win jobs they have no business holding and cause problems, not solve them. Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura provides the public with an ongoing lesson in how incompetence leads to embarrassment and expensive liabilities.
The Democrats who forced the Affordable Care Act on the American public are predictably outraged that Obamacare appears headed back before the U.S. Supreme Court for another make-or-break appeal on a pillar of the legislation. But for the Obama administration to prevail once more, the justices will have to follow the president’s lead in ignoring the letter of the law.
Andy Hafen’s second term as mayor of Henderson will be his last. The Nevada Supreme Court declared as much earlier this year when it issued a surprising clarification on the state constitution’s voter-approved term limits amendment. And the city’s citizen Charter Committee assured as much last week when it declined to recommend a change to Henderson’s governance structure that could have kept Mr. Hafen in office through the end of the decade.
The Las Vegas Township constable’s office will close come January, having been abolished by the Clark County Commission. But the next five months can’t go fast enough as Constable John Bonaventura continues to make a mockery of his elected post. Lately, it seems not even a week can pass without more troubling or even outlandish news coming out of the office.
Law enforcement agencies have a difficult enough task even when they have the support of the citizens they serve. It certainly doesn’t get any easier when that public trust is broken, something the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives learned earlier this month.
The TSA, only slightly more popular than the IRS, is about to become the IRS.
In a move that could boost economies along the East Coast, the Obama administration approved the use of underwater sound blasts to pinpoint the locations of oil and gas deposits beneath Atlantic Ocean waters. Environmentalists are less than pleased with the decision, but President Barack Obama deserves praise for it.
Government isn’t structured to run efficiently. It’s a rare moment when the private sector doesn’t outperform the bureaucrats who would purport to be our betters, even in areas dominated by government hype. Like being eco-friendly.
In case you’re keeping score at home, the Department of Veterans Affairs repeatedly ignored and hid warnings from whistleblowers about a pattern of negligent practices resulting in delays in care, shoddy treatment and needless patient deaths at its medical centers. According to a report by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., VA negligence cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements over the past decade and may have killed up to 1,000 veterans.
When President Barack Obama unveiled the Affordable Care Act, it was quickly and mockingly renamed “Obamacare” by Republicans and others. The name stuck, and the president eventually embraced it.
It’s rare that we advocate for public-sector raises in the best of times, and even more unlikely under the current conditions. Generally speaking, private-sector workers aren’t reaping any benefits from the still-sluggish recovery following the Great Recession, and here in Clark County, the taxpaying public also faces a never-ending push to increase taxes on several fronts.
The Clark County School District is getting a tough lesson in math as it deals with surging enrollment and aging campuses, amid numbers that come nowhere near adding up. As the Review-Journal’s Trevon Milliard reported last week, the district plans to spend $301 million in the next five years on capital projects, including replacing one school entirely, renovating and replacing equipment at older schools, and adding portable classrooms to alleviate student crowding.
The Koch brothers have donated considerable sums of money to various philanthropic efforts in recent years. They’ve also donated considerable amounts of money to advance conservative political causes. Those who can’t separate the two actions — among them Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — have run an incessant campaign to demonize the Kochs, and that effort has now led to young black students losing college scholarships.
Nevada gaming regulators have remarkable oversight powers that allow them to strip the licenses of casino operators who bring “discredit upon the state” or fail to protect Nevadans’ “morals.” These tools were essential in ridding Nevada’s casinos of organized crime and paving the way for corporate ownership and investment along the Strip.
This newspaper has long advocated a single, simple bill to greatly expand personal and economic freedom in Nevada: For every bill passed by lawmakers and signed into law by the governor, two laws must be repealed.
When it comes to basketball and Las Vegas, the first thing that often comes to mind is the UNLV men’s program, which was a juggernaut in its heyday under Jerry Tarkanian and has had varying degrees of success the past two decades. The city isn’t necessarily considered an NBA town.
The government’s budget deficit will drop by almost $100 billion this year — from $680 billion to $583 billion. The deficit is the lowest it’s been since President Obama took office, and $66 billion less than the administration predicted earlier this year when it released its budget.
As Nevada continues digging out from the Great Recession, there have been some encouraging signs over the past couple of weeks. On July 11, the Review-Journal’s Alexander Corey reported that Nevada got out of the basement on CNBC’s annual report on the best states for business, jumping from a dismal No. 47 up to a bit more respectable No. 29. That news came on the heels of a July 8 report from the Review-Journal’s Wesley Juhl that Thumbtack.com — a website catering to small-business professionals and customers — rated the Silver State 14th in its annual small business survey.
If money alone could really solve all the problems in K-12 education, students in Nevada and nationwide would be among the best and brightest in the world. But as reported last week by the Review-Journal’s Whip Villarreal, an extensive study by the Nevada Policy Research Institute showed that cash isn’t king, while also making 33 recommendations that could improve public education in the Silver State without further hitting taxpayers.
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