a service of NPRI

November 23, 2005 
Vol. 1, No. 37

Also in this issue:

State, local governments face heavy health-care tab

What's in the federal 
Tax Relief Act of 2005?

Nevada teacher harassed for teaching too much

Internet impacting 
convention industry

A not-so-mellow skeptic 
sees a GOP with no focus

Wild turkeys attack 
humans in suburbia


Bill offers needed aid to Nevada's rural areas

Judicially leaving 'Las Vegas'

Helicopter Ben is 
no Paul Volcker

What happened in Colorado?

Recent NPRI Commentaries

and the State

Genuine, effective compassion is beyond the capability of government

Morally Hazardous
Why social or medical 'insurance' from government will never be a square deal.

Enviromental wars
Bill offers needed aid to Nevada's rural areas

By John Marvel
Reno Gazette-Journal

Critics of House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo's legislation to allow privatization of mining lands have it all wrong. This bill will provide much needed relief to rural mining communities seeking ways to diversify their economy and increase the taxable private property land base.

The vocal critics of this bill, mostly environmental groups and a law professor at Berkeley, apparently do not understand the plight of rural Western communities surrounded by miles and miles of public land. We can't use this land for anything. We can't build schools, hospitals, houses, or even campgrounds on this land.


Alito nomination
Judicially leaving 
'Las Vegas'

By Peter Roff
New York Sunl

The debate over Samuel Alito's nomination has focused thus far on those thoughtful and weighty issues generally thought of as constitutional matters. These issues, important though they may be, are but a fraction of the Court's total caseload. In its last session more than a third of the cases the Court agreed to hear had important economic and business implications, the majority of which involved issues unrelated to constitutionality.


The Fed
Helicopter Ben is no Paul Volcker

By Peter Schiff
Euro Pacific Capital

Never has a changing of the monetary guard taken place with the U.S. economy in so precarious a position. When Paul Volcker arrived, everyone knew the economy was a mess. Volcker's obvious job was to clean it up. Today, the general perception is that Alan Greenspan will leave the economy in great shape, and that Bernanke's job will be to keep it that way. However, nothing could be the further from the truth. Wall Street's positive reaction to the appointment of Ben Bernanke is yet another example of how completely clueless most investors are when it comes to the Fed and the precipice over which America's economy now teeters.


What happened in Colorado?

By Jason Moore
Americans for Prosperity

Recently, a heavily watched election in Colorado proved that fundamental principles put in the hands of taxpayers is a winner every single time! For all the hand wringing about an economic tsunami by TABOR opponents, conservatives proved again that when cooler heads and steady hands prevail, then steady economic progress can be achieved. Rather than a "splurge and purge" approach to government budgeting TABOR provides a "three square meals a day" approach.


WHY BusinessNevada

Debt burdens
Who gets to put
you in hock?

Pols have a new way to circumvent Nevada's constitutional debt limit

By Steven Miller

Few Nevadans realize it, but behind the seemingly dust-dry public debt provisions in our state constitution is a history of human tragedy, corruption and crisis that at one time threatened war with Britain and ended up redefining American self-government. 

It's a relevant story right now because Nevada and other states are currently on the cusp of one of America's recurring cycles of reduced control by citizens over their own debt. 

Indeed, much of the history of state and local government in America deals with the recurring struggle between citizens and government officials over the question, "Who gets to put the people into hock? Who gets to decide whether you and your kids will bear a long-term debt burden?"


Nevada's unfunded liabilities
State, local governments
face heavy health-care tab

By Deborah Solomon
Wall Street Journal

A looming accounting change is forcing state and local governments to fess up to something that's been lurking on their books for years: Many have made costly retirement health-care promises without planning how to pay for them. 

Under a new accounting rule, governments soon must start recognizing their long-term obligations to pay for retirees' health benefits -- and, for the first time, publicly disclose what it would cost each year to fund that liability.

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What's in the federal Tax Relief Act of 2005?

Tax provisions under consideration on Capitol Hill released by Senate Finance Committee staff

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Nevada teacher harassed 
for teaching too much

By Jay Mathews
Washington Post

Joe Enge, an 11th grade U.S. history teacher at Carson High School in Carson City, Nev., says his district is trying to get rid of him because he disobeyed orders to stop teaching most of what happened in his country before 1865.

Judge for yourself

Visit the Enge files website


Mary Pierczynski, superintendent of the Carson City schools, says that is nonsense. She says she is treating Enge as she would any teacher with a series of unsatisfactory classroom evaluations. She says her district prefers a relatively quick review of America through the Civil War at the beginning of 11th grade, and it covers that period more extensively in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades.  [continued]

Carson teacher 
says district off track

By Maggie O'Neill
Nevada Appeal

Teacher Joe Enge's allegation that pre-Civil War history was not being taught as part of Carson City School District's 11th-grade U.S. History curriculum has become a cause for education-reform advocates.  [continued]

Internet impacting convention industry

By Richard N. Velotta
InBusiness Las Vegas

Just as the Internet has helped travelers become more savvy about booking flights and hotel rooms, it also is helping conventioneers get better prepared for trade shows and meetings, producing a more sophisticated customer.


A not-so-mellow skeptic 
sees an unfocused GOP

By Ralph Z. Hallow
The Washington Times

Lyn Nofziger, at 81, is almost who he was at 41 -- a plain-talking, slightly disheveled California skeptic. He's a newspaperman who became the plain-talking, slightly disheveled top aide to Ronald Reagan, from the Gipper's 1966 campaign for California governor through his first year in the White House 15 years later. 

With shirt collar still unbuttoned and tie still loosened, the goateed Mr. Nofziger has been lobbying for a living and, on the side, writing opinion columns and authoring Western novels. 

He has opinions aplenty, but they are not likely to be confused with Republican or conservative talking points. He is a Reaganite but not a Reagan worshipper, a Republican but not a party apologist, a conservative who thinks the word is largely meaningless.


One for 'The Birds'

Wild turkeys attack 
humans in suburbia

By William M. Bulkeley
Wall Street Journal

In April, Will Millington was riding his dirt bike down a narrow trail in Norman, Okla., when he stopped before a flock of wild turkeys. The hens scattered, but two toms flared their feathers and stalked toward him. Then they suddenly leapt in the air, beat Mr. Millington with their wings and tried to scratch him with the sharp spurs on the backs of their legs. 

Mr. Millington frantically revved his bike's motor. Thirty yards down the trail he looked back. "They were running after me," says the 46-year-old property manager. "That was kind of spooky."

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