Presidential candidates are visiting Nevada with increasing frequency, seeking voter support for February's first-in-the-West caucuses. They're promising a lot, but in making their campaign pledges, two words aren't said nearly enough: balanced budget.
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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.
The statement that Las Vegas lacks big-league sports isn't true. The city is the undisputed combat sports capital of the world and home base for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world's top mixed martial arts organization.
The beleaguered Las Vegas motorist's most common beef is orange barrels squeezing traffic when no work is taking place at a road project.
If you're a federal employee, there's a good chance that incompetence and misconduct not only won't get you fired, it also won't stop you from collecting raises and bonuses.
When Ed Russell, the underperforming director of the VA's embattled Reno regional benefits office, was placed on administrative leave over the summer, both Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., rightly pushed for his removal. Mr. Russell was indeed ousted from his job, but not in the way Rep. Titus and Sen. Heller wanted.
Locals might not see it, but gaming and tourism leaders sure do. A great big bull's-eye stretches from one end of the resort corridor to the other, and convention destinations around the world are taking their best shots at it, month after month.
Tuesday's off-year elections produced big wins for Republicans and bad results for Democrats, much like last year's midterms. Turnout stunk just about everywhere, and those who voted were hostile to progressives and their ideas — with one notable exception.
Americans are an exceptionally tolerant and understanding people. Time and again, entrenched prejudices have given way to acceptance. And cultural shifts are happening faster than ever. Racial and gender barriers have fallen, gay marriage is the law of the land and transgender people, long ridiculed and marginalized, are widely accommodated and supported.
The opponents of Nevada's new Education Savings Accounts, the broadest school choice program in the country, are dedicated to eliminating them as soon as possible by any means necessary.
A fiscal dispute between the city of Las Vegas and Clark County has the governments examining every line item in their budgets to make sure each is getting the last possible dime from the other.
Climate change agitators love to say the science is settled in their favor, that researchers have irrefutably proved industrial carbon emissions are causing global temperatures to rise to such an extent that irreversible environmental damage already is under way.
The private sector can help governments address a lot of challenges, especially when it comes to construction. A public-private partnership is helping the state justice system meet one urgent building need, and such a relationship should be formed immediately to tackle another.
The widespread incompetence and corruption within the Department of Veterans Affairs is irrefutable, uncovered by 138 separate nonpartisan investigations. This is important to remember during campaign season, when candidates will say anything — regardless of the facts — if they think it will help them raise money and win election.
The Public Utilities Commission would rather not have the word "public" in its name.
Today marks the start of a new open enrollment period for Nevada's health insurance exchange. The process promises to be smoother than either of Nevada Health Link's previous two signup periods, which were among the worst Obamacare debacles in the country — no small feat for a law that has caused chaos throughout the health insurance marketplace and canceled millions of policies.
Mass shootings leave Americans anguished and angry. Every time one happens, more and more voters want to know how many more mass shootings will happen before our leaders "do something" about it. The unrelenting media coverage of and emotional debate surrounding mass shootings create the impression that the country is awash in worsening gun violence.
Nevada's latest lousy performance in national school assessments creates the impression that most of the state's students are academic failures. But that's not an accurate picture.
Nevada turns 151 years old Saturday, at which time the state's nearly two-year observance of its sesquicentennial will officially end. And what a celebration it's been.
After spending part of an afternoon last week with the Review-Journal's Reader Advisory Board, I came away thinking we need to make some changes to our features section or risk losing them as readers. I wasn't the only one. We limited last week's discussion to the features section because of time constraints, but our new features editor, Stephanie Grimes, filled a notebook.