Archive for March, 2013

Electric cars cost billions, don’t help environment

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Envisioning cars that can go “coast to coast without using a drop of oil,” President Barack Obama on March 15 urged Congress to authorize another $2 billion over the next decade to expand research into weaning automobiles off gasoline. “The only way to break this cycle of spiking gas prices — the only way to […]

The endless befuddlement over ‘need’

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

A letter poured in last week: “Please tell me who needs an assault weapon other than our military?????? i just do not understand anyone buying one for any good reason other than assault of some horrible kind. i am 71, each day i am more troubled about the world and the direction it’s going in.” […]

Blocking new jobs, blocking the recovery

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

What’s slowing down job creation in Nevada, where the real unemployment rate — counting part-timers who would prefer full-time work, and those who’ve given up looking — averaged 20.3 percent in 2012? One prime suspect is ObamaCare, with its mandate that employers with 50 full-time employees or more must offer health insurance — not just […]

And after windmills, we can bring back the nuclear-powered strategic bomber

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

A 200-megawatt wind energy project near Searchlight, Nevada (home town of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid) has been approved by the federal government. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday the project will be built on almost 19,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management land about 60 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The project will occasionally […]

From the Mailbag

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

From the mailbag Another Fearless Drug Warrior is writing my boss at the daily Review-Journal, trying to get me fired. One “Scott Miller” wrote in on March 12: I must state upfront that I am not a regular reader of any Stephens publications and am not likely to become one in the foreseeable future. Because […]

Making life worse for those in pain

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

During the Christmas season, 1994, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration put Las Vegas medical doctor Dietrich Stoermer, who had treated our troops in Vietnam, on trial here for writing “too many” painkiller prescriptions. Since other doctors worried about being “red-flagged” by the drug police if they took on the cases of chronic pain patients, Dr. […]

Gas prices rising, just as Obama planned

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Last week, Nevada gasoline prices averaged $3.75 at the pump — a leap of 59 cents since the beginning of the year. The average price of a gallon of gas has increased 96 percent under our current president. According to the Energy Information Agency, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in the […]

‘Something the administration has not called for …’

Monday, March 4th, 2013

American politics is a lot like professional wrestling — the dork in the diaper loses again and again to the masked bodybuilder, until finally the tables are turned and the dork wins on a technicality, setting up November’s big grudge match. Three months ago the press was full of speculation that what passes for America’s […]

And so the shrieking and the hollering begins

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

You want positive evidence that close proximity to government causes brain damage? Democrats invented “the sequester” and Barack Obama signed it into law. Bob Woodward writes for The Washington Post (at http://tinyurl.com/abrm948): “My extensive reporting for my book ‘The Price of Politics’ shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and […]