Archives for 2011

‘Tis the Season to Give: Businesses Help Nevada Communities

During the holiday season it’s natural to think about helping the less fortunate, but it’s also a good time to point out that Nevada businesses donate all year long to make our communities better.  Despite what the progressives and the liberal media would have you believe, business owners and corporations are not the Ebenezer Scrooges… [More…]

Entitlements & Handouts: The Big Lie

In case you’re wondering why the U.S. economy is in such a mess, consider this sobering statistic: for the first time since the Great Depression, U.S. households received more in cash handouts from the government in 2010 ($2.3 trillion) than they paid in taxes ($2.2 trillion).  Census Bureau numbers from 2009 show that 59 percent… [More…]

The Tea Party Movement: Terrorists or Patriots?

The Tea Party movement has been the target of vicious verbal attacks recently, and they seem to be escalating.  Indiana Congressman Andre Carson, a member of the Black Congressional Caucus, said, “Some of them in Congress right now with this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me… hanging on a tree,” and… [More…]

Integrity in Government: An Endangered Species

Merriam-Webster’s defines integrity as “a firm adherence to a code of moral values (incorruptibility).”  Words related to integrity are: character, decency, goodness, honesty, morality, righteousness, uprightness, and virtue.  Opposites include evildoing, immorality, sin, villainy, and wickedness.  Whether you are Liberal or Conservative, I would like to ask you if you feel our government representatives have… [More…]

Public Employees as Legislators: Foxes Guarding the Henhouse?

The principle of separation of powers is an important part of the Nevada Constitution, which states that no one “charged with the exercise of powers properly belonging to one of these departments [Executive, Legislative and Judicial] shall exercise any functions, appertaining to either of the others, except in the cases expressly directed or permitted in this constitution.” Then-Attorney… [More…]

Obama’s Israel Policy: A Major Blunder

Anyone who watched Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at their May 20 press conference must have been struck by the contrast between the two men.  Netanyahu led an elite combat unit and fought in the Yom Kippur War. He worked as a business consultant and as an executive for a furniture company… [More…]

Senator Dean Heller: Facing the Challenges Ahead

In representing Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District, Dean Heller voted his conscience as a staunch fiscal conservative, and on several occasions seemed to be the sole voice of reason among the Nevada delegation.  Now that Gov. Sandoval has appointed him to take over John Ensign’s Senate seat, a special election will take place on Sept. 12… [More…]

Saluting Family-Owned Businesses: Helping Those that Help Themselves

This issue of Nevada Business Magazine recognizes a group of remarkable home grown companies and the families that have made them successful. Unlike large corporations or governments, these businesses operate without a safety net. Their success is based on long hours, hard work and determination. As they strive to create a legacy for future generations,… [More…]

School Vouchers: Could they be the answer for Nevada?

It’s no secret that Nevada’s education system is in trouble: our high school graduation rate of 41.8 percent is the lowest in the nation, and less than one-third of our minority students achieve a diploma on time.  And the list of discouraging statistics goes on. The education crisis has produced a widespread ripple effect of… [More…]

Balancing the State Budget: Hold the Line on Taxes

Think your job is difficult?  How’d you like to be the one in charge of balancing Nevada’s budget – filling a gap between expenses and revenues that’s expected to reach $2.5 billion over the next two years?  Governor Brian Sandoval is required by law to present a balanced budget to the Legislature, which he has… [More…]