An important part of living in a community is the ability to carry on polite, public discourse.  On this page we encourage intellectual disagreement and the practice of conversational back and forth that leads to a fleshing out of issues, proposals, policy, and ideas.  We accept pen-names, but not anonymity — even during the famous debates over the ratification of our own constitution some of the greatest minds in history assumed the identity “Publius” in order to avoid persecution.  Sometimes ideas are so important they must stand on their own.  You are welcome to use your own name, but if you do assume a pseudonym, stick with it for consistency and for some way to relate to each other in what we hope will become an ongoing conversation. We welcome your guest commentary and ask that submissions be made to  Your real name will be known only to the publisher and your confidence will be protected at all times.  

Commentary — Philosophically Switching Places

By The Publisher | January 11, 2020 |

by Joe Dahl —  Since early in the twentieth century the Democratic party has been leaning toward progressiveness – left leaning, more government, people need help. Before that the federal government dealt with issues between states and international stuff, not much with social concerns except when keeping the peace involved strikes and riots. In the…

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Commentary — Republicans and Impeachment

By Editor | December 18, 2019 |

by Joe Dahl — The Republicans in Washington seem to have changed.  For the last few decades it seemed as though the GOP elected class was regularly fading back from issues that were important to their constituents and core principles of their party. They didn’t gain, nor long hold, bravery generated by the Tea Party.…

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Commentary – Donald the Divine

By Editor | December 18, 2019 |

By Jeanette Strong Supporters of President Donald Trump have shown that they don’t just admire his policies. They don’t just believe he is a great president, in their opinion. They have demonstrated over and over that they believe he is not just chosen by God, but that he himself is somehow divine. Following are just…

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Commentary — Alfred E. Neuman

By The Publisher | December 10, 2019 |

by Joe Dahl — If you are too young to know Alfred E. Neuman, “Google him,” as they say.  When you see the Mayor of South Bend who is also a candidate for the U.S. presidency you may notice a comparison.  I can’t help but think, “What, me worry.” If your memory goes back that…

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Commentary — Wall, wall, who’s got the wall?

By Editor | July 26, 2019 |

by Jeanette Strong — On July 12, Vice-President Mike Pence visited an immigration detention center at the McAllen Border Patrol station in Texas. He admitted the conditions were terrible. Those with him said, “The stench was horrendous.” Anyone who is being honest knows that these asylum seekers are being treated worse than prisoners of war.…

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Commentary — Anti-abortion or pro-life?

By Editor | June 30, 2019 |

by Jeanette Strong —  In recent months, the anti-abortion movement has been gaining strength, passing restrictive laws in several states and claiming they are fighting for the unborn. It’s easy to be anti-abortion. All you have to do is say you are against abortion, wave a few signs, harass women who are seeking help, and…

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Opinion — Assemblywoman Robin Titus

By Editor | May 30, 2019 |

With the Nevada Legislature reaching a historic landmark by having the first female majority in the Legislature, the eyes of the nation are on Carson City. There have been a number articles penned on this subject but none did as much disservice to this achievement as one in the Washington Post  . This article showed…

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Commentary — Thoughts on Abortion

By Editor | May 24, 2019 |

The new abortion bill from the Nevada legislature is now on its way to the Governor for his expected signature. The Governor of New York signed a bill into law that seems to allow for abortion up to the due date.  The legislature and the crowd of people who gathered for the signing cheered and…

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It’s the Little Things

By Editor | April 24, 2019 |

by Senator Ben Kieckhefer — With our superheated national political scene, it’s all too easy to forget that much of the work of the Nevada Senate represents small, step-by-step measures to help make this a better state. Much of the legislation that we review is anything but exciting, but it improves daily life and fine-tunes…

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Blockchain Technology for Government Efficiencies

By The Publisher | March 22, 2019 |

by Senator Ben Kieckhefer — Efficient government operations are supported by all Nevadans, and they should expect that the state will be a leader in the adoption of technology that makes government even more efficient. We can — and we must — take the major steps toward efficiency provided by the use of blockchain technology.…

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