But … Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?

Having and raising children is a huge responsibility. My wife and I referred to it as “THE BIG R” during our child-raising years. But there are few barriers to becoming a parent and even though our society requires training and demonstration of some level of skill before ... Continue Reading →

National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas

The National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 will be held in Las Vegas this Thursday, September 4. Several people from Mesquite will be attending, including me. We are counting on an enjoyable and valuable learning experience

This annual conference is a big deal in the world of clean energy. It is ... Continue Reading →

Beware of The Koch Academy

It’s wonderful – the Koch Brothers now want to carry their “I got mine, now you get yours” philosophy over into the public schools. Hmm, just what we need – turn out more leaders who hate the poor, who will fight tooth and nail the creation of a national health care system that takes care ... Continue Reading →

Labor vs. Capital – It’s Time to Strike a Fair Balance

What is the value of Labor? All economists understand that producing a product (goods) requires both CAPITAL (money invested in plants, equipment, and resources, and other non-financial assets) and LABOR (human exertion in the production of products and services). ... Continue Reading →

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE A STICK SHIFT

I shouldn’t count the times I tried to drive my friend’s Triumph two-seater convertible, out in the desert east of Palmdale, Calee’fornia when I was in high school. Those little forays didn’t amount to much, except a ruined transmission in what today would be a collector’s car. That poor ... Continue Reading →

Water Rate Increases

When the Virgin Valley Water Board adopted a 36% rate increase for existing base and volumetric usage rates in 2010, it lacked, as did two previous rate studies, provisions for any capital projects or deferred maintenance.

Nor did the rate increases factor in anticipated water conservation ... Continue Reading →

What Pro-Choice Means To Me

I was talking to a friend the other day about politics of course. I happened to mention, should a woman run for President, I thought Elizabeth Warren would be outstanding. She said to me (notice I said she), she didn’t think any woman should be in a position of power like that. I asked her why, ... Continue Reading →

Bucket List

Just over a month ago, this became official National Rife Association policy: “Everyone gets a gun.”

We warned of the dangerous folly of this policy. But of course, the NRA and its “TEA” powered allies refused to listen.

Charles Vacca was a firearms instructor ... Continue Reading →

Fresh Facts on Medical Marijuana

Nevada residents have been caught up in the debate this year on whether to allow medical marijuana facilities in their communities. This is a state, mind you, that was one of the first to legalize medical marijuana through a ballot initiative in 2000. But it took our state government until this year ... Continue Reading →