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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 — 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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Commentary — Electoral College

By The Publisher | March 19, 2019 |

by Joe Dahl — Electoral College On March 14th a bill that will effectively do away with the Electoral College, passed out of committee at the Nevada Legislature. The way it started was that the original states were reluctant to give power to a central government.  They would each send representatives to congress and senators…

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National Anthem Day

By The Publisher | March 2, 2019 |

On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution designating “The Star Spangled Banner” as the nation anthem of the United States. We celebrate March 3rd as National Anthem Day and in honor of this national treasure, the following column is presented for your consideration, along with links to a couple of our…

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Behind the Scenes of the Nevada Legislature’s 120-Day Sprint

By The Publisher | February 12, 2019 |

By Ben Kieckhefer —  Nevada knows how to get things done. Of course, in the legislature we really don’t have a choice. We are currently in session and have only 120 days to get a couple years’ worth of legislative work done. As we do every other year, we are bringing our best ideas, focus…

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Is Hate Speech Free Speech?

By The Publisher | February 9, 2019 |

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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