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Government for the top bidders

WASHINGTON — There’s a certain irony in the Supreme Court remaining open while much of the federal government is shut, for the high court created much of the dysfunction that cripples Washington today.

Huge Victory for School Choice…but not in Nevada

A gaggle of school voucher-haters – led by the Arizona School Boards Association and the Arizona teachers union – filed a lawsuit challenging the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program. Among other things, the voucher haters maintained that the voucher program violated the state’s constitution since the vouchers could be used in religious schools.

Intuition vs. information

When I was small I did not think there should be homework. Actually, I still feel that way. I analogized it to adults — when they came home from work, they read the paper and watched television. A dry cleaner didn’t spend evenings at home dry cleaning. But even more than that, I thought that schools should have to get their thing done during school hours. I liked spending time with my mother, my father, my brother, my friends in our Reno neighborhood — or myself.

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Attack deer: What remains after the Carpenter 1 fire

OLD TOWN – When friends from the flatlands ask what it’s like to live in upper Kyle Canyon at Mount Charleston, I just tell them it’s paradise.

For GOP in 2016, some medicine

WASHINGTON — “If Reince Priebus from Kenosha, Wisconsin, is the Republican ‘establishment,’ God help us,” says the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus. His physical presence is almost as unprepossessing as James Madison’s was, and his demeanor is self-deprecating. But with meticulous — Madisonian, actually — subtlety, he is working to ameliorate a difficulty that has existed for two centuries and in 2012 wounded the GOP.

Letters

No new taxes on energy

Community Viewpoint: Democracy?

Can a democracy exist as a permanent form of government? As you may have read, a democracy can exist only until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury. The result is that democracies always collapse over a loss of fiscal responsibility and is always followed by a dictatorship.

Reporters take the bait

Last year I was interviewed by the Columbia Journalism Review on my belief (originally stated on this page) that we are in an era when many political reporters are amateurs and lack the political savvy of their predecessors like Jules Witcover, Ken Bode and Jack Germond. Here’s an example.

Cruz-ing for a bruising

WASHINGTON — A couple of hours before Sen. Ted Cruz launched his doomed filibuster, his Republican colleagues staged an intervention.

A ruinous opportunity

WASHINGTON — When Dwight Eisenhower asked Gen. Georgy Zhukov how the Red Army cleared minefields, Zhukov replied: “We march through them.” Being profligate with lives is a perquisite of command and a luxury of those with an abundance of lives at their command. Some congressional Republicans, who do not command their party but can implicate it in their marches through minefields, might resuscitate Barack Obama’s presidency by restocking his pantry of excuses: The economy’s continuing anemia will ever after be blamed on any government shutdown.

It’s time to address the care of our children

In Tonopah, friends of the family of little Brooklyn Rose Bryan are doing all they can to rally on her behalf as the toddler goes through the arduous process of battling a kidney tumor.

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