For decades, federal agencies have been been plagued by inefficiency, incompetence and even illegal activity. As The Washington Post pointed out in an editorial advocating civil service reforms, the root cause of poor productivity and corruption is a clunky, outmoded personnel system that hasn't adapted to today's knowledge-based economy
Subscribe to Editorials RSS feed
At the intersection of the energy industry and environmentalism, of ranching and recreation, of economic development and preservation, is U.S. public land policy. No wonder the issue creates such sharp partisan divisions.
Less than a year from now, Americans will elect their next president. Not surprisingly, the campaign for the most important job in the world has been highly divisive.
If there were any lingering doubts about Las Vegas' status as a hotbed of baseball, those were completely erased during a historic week that would be hard for any other city to match.
The Affordable Care Act was supposed to reduce health care costs for millions of Americans. Instead, it has increased both premiums and out-of-pocket costs to the point that Obamacare insurance is essentially worthless to families living paycheck to paycheck.
Last week, the Public Utilities Commission completed three days of hearings on net metering, which provides electricity customers who have rooftop panels with credits for excess solar power they don't use. Within a couple of weeks, the PUC will decide how much those credits will be worth going forward.
The Nevada Legislature did everything necessary to allow ride-sharing transportation network companies to operate in the state. Now the Clark County Commission is doing all it can to discourage people from working for Uber and Lyft.
President Barack Obama has long pushed for a higher federal minimum wage, and a handful of a U.S. cities either have proposed higher minimum wages or approved them.
There is a limit to city of Las Vegas redevelopment largesse, a line the City Council won't cross when pouring millions of tax dollars into downtown and surrounding areas to encourage new development.
The creation of the gross receipts-based "commerce tax" by the Nevada Legislature and Gov. Brian Sandoval ended up costing the state almost nothing in terms of the competitiveness of its business climate.
For all those UNLV students with sensitive ears and expensive demands, here's a trigger warning and a recommendation that you seek a "safe space." You're about to see an opinion you won't agree with.
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what you have and to try to help those who have less. Consider the plight of federal employees.
Calls to delay or block the settlement of Syrian refugees in the United States are not rooted in crazy fear, Islamophobia or political expedience. They are a reasonable reaction to a world-changing terrorist event and a rational public safety response intended to help prevent the next 9/11
Americans waste untold hours moving their clocks forward every spring and backward every fall, then dealing with the days of disorientation that accompany each adjustment.
The federal government has been working for a decade to replace its overloaded, antiquated, paper-based immigration management system with an updated, electronic system. The project was supposed to be finished in 2013 at a cost of $500 million. Guess how that went?
When evidence is concealed, there is no justice.
Nevada has finished near the bottom of yet another state survey. But unlike the state's biggest policy challenges — lifting K-12 achievement, decreasing suicides and improving mental health care among them — Nevada could immediately jump to the top of this particular list at no cost to the public. All it would take is Nevada lawmakers' full embrace of integrity and transparency.
This month, after stalling for a ridiculous seven years, President Barack Obama officially rejected the construction of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. The announcement was anticlimactic and hyper-political. The president repeatedly has downplayed Keystone's economic benefits and sided with environmentalist donors who claim the "dirty" and "unsustainable" pipeline would be too risky for the environment.
Everyone knows how to fix the wild horse problem across Nevada and the West, but no one wants to say it, much less do it.
Reforming government is a difficult, nasty business, especially when change comes at the expense of public employees.
There are few advantages to centralization, especially in government. Bureaucracy always tends to suffocate efficiency. But at least everyone is under one roof and talks to one another, right?
Public meetings are supposed to provide the public with opportunities to be heard, not deliberately ignored.
Today is Veterans Day in the United States, a holiday to honor military veterans who bravely took on the job of defending freedoms we frequently take for granted.
- Page 1