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Civics 101 -- Tom Riggins

Hello. My name is Tom Riggins and I am a forty year resident of Fallon. Yes, that makes me old. Anyway, you may or may not know me from writing in another venue. That venue is presented as an opinion column. This one is intended to be different. I am going to try to inform and educate without being boring or expressing any political opinion. I find it sad that public schools do a poor job of educating about our government and how it is supposed to work. Our local schools do better than most, but Nevada has a transient population. There are a lot of people moving in and out. With our new population growth there are a lot of people moving here for the first time. Many of these, particularly younger residents, may not have been exposed to our government processes.Thus, the reason for this column. Material presented won’t be in any organized sequence. I will often to address topics in a timely manner as they arise in the news but will delve into other topics in between. The writings will be sourced primarily from the Constitution and the Federalist Papers with other references as appropriate.


Is Hate Speech Free Speech?

By The Publisher | February 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Tom Riggins — The news seems to report almost daily of someone who is engaging in “hate speech.” Likewise, many if not most college campuses have “safe spaces” or something similar where students can retreat to an area where verbalization of something that might potentially offend someone else is forbidden. The question is then,…

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What is Impeachment?

By The Publisher | February 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Tom Riggins —  We are bombarded constantly from politicians and reporters about impeaching Trump. For example, California hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer has launched an attempt to impeach Trump. You may have seen his television ads on local TV channels. It is evident to me that those any of these entities either do not…

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