Natural rights do not entitle us to injure the health of others
September 18th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Declaration of Independence does not prescribe a particular form of government for the securing of our inalienable rights, but it leaves no doubt that government is necessary. The people may be the best judge of how the mask fits, but these days, can we do without masks?
In some ways, Sisolak is no better than Trump
September 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
It’s as if he runs the state of Nevada about as well as President Trump ran his steak company. Clearly, Gov. Sisolak, like Trump, has no knack for governing — and the fact that he is currently being sued by a coalition of small business owners proves he is just paying lip-service to being “a small business guy.”
Tragedy, solidarity and hope
September 16th, 2020 - 2:00am
The nineteenth anniversary of 9/11 hit me in a way I did not expect. None of the photos, videos, or stories were new, nor was the depressing darkness that stings every single time I watch the planes crash or the towers fall. But it had been a while since I really thought about that day.
Practicing immigration law under Trump involves harsh realities
Welcoming the man who is putting Las Vegas out of business
It's time to stop conspiracy theorizing and face reality
September 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Peavine Peak, 10 miles from home and towering nearly 4,000 feet over the valley floor, has been fading in and out of visibility for weeks. Two miles to my east, the Sparks High “S” is only dimly visible through the constant blanket of smoke and haze covering my home.
The return of the Clark County lands bill
I’m proud of my ‘sucker’
September 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is one of the most fascinating characters in our American story. An antebellum professor at a liberal arts college in Maine, he defied the administration at his college and volunteered in the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
To be (open) or not to be
September 9th, 2020 - 2:00am
Let me be clear: this is not an anti-mask rant, a plea to remove COVID-19 safety standards, or an attack on restaurants. It is an argument to allow businesses such as mine to reopen under the same standards as other similar industries — and restaurants happen to be the best comparable example.
Higher ed plays a critical role in assisting communities most affected by COVID-19
September 7th, 2020 - 2:00am
Structural barriers and systemic bias have long contributed to significant differences in household wealth, social mobility, and educational attainment – leaving our communities of color in Nevada more vulnerable to public health crises and economic downturns.
Somebody in Nevada needs to show some leadership
Council meeting shows not everyone’s on the same page in pandemic response
September 6th, 2020 - 2:00am
Six months after launching into an admittedly evolving effort to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus that to date has taken the lives of more than 1,200 Nevadans and 188,000 Americans, the idea that we’re all in this together seems like a pretty basic concept.
You break it, you buy it — government must own the cost of its actions
September 6th, 2020 - 2:00am
Earlier this week, Gov. Sisolak announced an extension of his residential eviction moratorium. As has now become his signature style, this latest decree was made at the very last possible minute, leaving thousands of small mom-and-pop rental owners in the lurch, and with no apparent thought given to the second, third, or fourth-order consequences to the decision.
Energy efficiency steps are key in ensuring electricity reliability
BLM plans to shut science and public out of logging and vegetation removal projects across the West
September 4th, 2020 - 2:00am
There’s a movement afoot that is incredibly frightening. Unbeknownst to most of us, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed a series of initiatives of historic proportion that will expedite the removal of native vegetation across the intermountain West.
Nevadans have a real opportunity to make a difference for cleaner air
September 3rd, 2020 - 2:00am
The heat wave we are experiencing here in Nevada is not just uncomfortable; it’s also part of a dangerous trend that we often overlook in our day-to-day lives. Scientific studies have confirmed the Earth’s climate is changing. Many observable changes are a result of the increased greenhouse gases emitted from human activities.
The value of a vote
September 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
A coworker recently informed me that her 89-year old mother was going to vote for the very first time this November. Knowing that I dabble in election law, she asked for help with the new rules for the 2020 election. As we talked, she told her mother’s amazing story, and gave me permission to share. For privacy, I will use her mother’s nickname: Okaasan.