Archives for 2012

Playing Politics with Education: Teachers Union Throws Students under the Bus

Nevadans will find out this month whether the Clark County School District (CCSD) qualifies for a $40 million grant from the federal government’s “Race to the Top” program. The money would provide high-tech tools and programs at 63 schools to help 41,000 students with limited English skills. It would fund 46 new jobs for teachers… [More…]

Feds Prepare to Pluck Nevada: If Sage Grouse is “Endangered”

You may never have heard of a sage grouse, but this chicken-like wild bird will cost Nevada millions of dollars if federal agencies put it on the Endangered Species list. Conservationists, industry stakeholders and government representatives in Nevada have been discussing the sage grouse since 2000, and the governor even appointed a blue-ribbon commission to… [More…]

Why Vote Against Obama? Eight Compelling Reasons

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 with a message of hope and change. Unfortunately, the change we got was for the worse. There is little hope left that the country can pull itself out of the recession anytime soon, and we’re left hoping that the Middle East won’t erupt into flames that will consume us… [More…]

Nevada Money Should Stay in Nevada: Time to Reform the Contracting Process

In Governor Brian Sandoval’s State of the State speech, he encouraged everyone to “shop Nevada first” and said Nevada should make “supporting private sector job creation a way of life for all government agencies.” I heartily endorse both these ideas, but the state has a long way to go to prove its support for homegrown… [More…]

Save our Country in November: It’s Up to You

As we are bombarded this summer by political ads and robo-calls, it’s tempting to tune it all out and ignore politics altogether. After all, we have more important things to do, don’t we? The answer to that question is “No!” There is nothing more important than finding out which candidates support conservative causes and convincing… [More…]

North Las Vegas Refuses to Bow Down to Union Pressure

The North Las Vegas City Council made a courageous move on June 1 by standing up to the powerful public employee unions and giving the city manager the authority to discard portions of collective bargaining agreements in order to prevent devastating layoffs. The firefighters and police unions had negotiated generous contracts with the city when… [More…]

Prevailing Wage Laws: Time to End This Corrupt System

Nevada’s so-called “prevailing wage” laws cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year – many of these dollars go into union coffers instead of to workers. Once you know the facts about it, you’ll be as outraged as I am that this politically motivated system has been allowed to continue. Prevailing wage laws require contractors who… [More…]

Harry Reid and the DOE: Sending Nevada Dollars Overseas

Harry Reid likes to brag about all the money and jobs he’s bringing to Nevada by “earmarking” alternative energy projects. However, a little research shows that many of the companies receiving government loan guarantees and grants aren’t even based in the United States. One recent example involves the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project being constructed… [More…]

Shame on the Teachers Union: In the end it’s the teachers and students that lose.

While classroom teachers have been eating Ramen noodles so they can afford to buy school supplies, teachers union bosses are living high on the hog. Considering that teachers often have to purchase classroom supplies and teaching materials with their own money, and that they’re also expected to pay for continuing education classes, their salaries don’t… [More…]

Stop the Union Bullying: Culinary Tactics Hurt Us All

Leaders of the Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas must be frustrated that they can’t convince Station Casinos workers to unionize. Think of all the dues they could be collecting right now, if only they could get their hands into the pockets of another 13,000-plus workers. They’ve been trying for more than 10 years to… [More…]