Volume 7, Number 2
Miller Legacy They'd Prefer
legacy of the last 16 years most likely to be remembered, suggests Ralph Heller,
is nearly two decades of unprecedented tax increases. As legislators convene in Carson
City Heller provides readers the most complete list of Nevada's tax hikes since 1981
published anywhere. [the article]
Does Nevada Really Need
a Highway Patrol?
Association member Chad Dornsife reports that it isn't
public safety that dictates Nevada's speed limits, but rather the old coin of the realm
that helps to keep the Highway Patrol afloat. [the
Ownership: The Key Issue
Contrary to what many
politicians believe, federal ownership of western land is what's really behind nearly all
the problems that the federal land agencies face, says Glen Tenney.
Senior Consulting Editor Ralph Heller finds less than
meets the eye in today's news publications.
the Grass Roots
Nevada Libertarian Party officer Brendan Trainor opines
why voter turnout is disappointing ... and what we can do about it.
Present efforts to substitute "random sampling" for a census head
count is asking for trouble, reports Valle Simms Dutcher, Associate
General counsel for Southeastern Legal Foundation.
D. J. Alden reports on how federal agency destructiveness
in rural Nevada increasingly is taking a very literal turn.
NPRI Senior Research fellow Randall D. Lloyd explains why
so-called "Motor Voter" is a flop and endangers democracy..
Applause (as always) and a request for some more of our patented
muckraking. Also: Steiner and Fortune Magazine's customer satisfaction
Will Result from Government Bloat
Ralph Heller's December
Nevada Journal article on the number of legislators drawn from the ranks of government
itself sent me on an editorial rampage about the dangers of putting government employees
in charge of the legislature. Heller explained that a full 19 of the 63 solons now
pontificating the best way to divvy up the loot flowing out of our pockets and into Carson
City draw their off-session salaries from the Carson City end of that pipeline. Scary..... [more]
It was cynical
enough to make even hardened observers of the Nevada legislature stop and gape. Assembly
Bill 366 had been sold to the public in 1997 as a way to start moving Nevada into a new
era of competitive, deregulated marketplaces. Yet when the Senate Commerce and Labor
Committee added some 500 pages of amendments were some of the most savage new regulations
the Silver State has even seen. [the article]
NPRI President Judy Cresanta
reviews a fascinating book by Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Kould entitled, On
Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air. She tantalizingly titles her
review, "The Bridges-of-Virtue County." [the review]
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