Desert Beacon is a socially liberal, fiscally centrist blog.  While politics is interesting, and periodically gets some play here, what readers will find here most often is policy wonkishness — especially on economic matters.

Comments are invited, BUT there are some ground rules for what will be published:

No profanity.

No ad hominem attacks.  If name calling is the only “argument” against the content of a post, then that really isn’t an argument in the first instance.  Ad hominem attacks or character assassination attempts on other commenters won’t be published either.

No insults.  As in the case of ad hominem attacks, if the obvious intent of the comment is to insult the intelligence, character, integrity, or personality of the poster or commenter then the comment won’t be published.  There are perfectly acceptable ways of respectfully disagreeing with a post or comment without being disagreeable and impolite.

No comments that link to commercial sites will be published.

Thank You for your interest, and it’s hoped that the content of Desert Beacon will be sufficiently informative and interesting to convince you to visit often.


4 responses to “About

  1. chrislunnspeaks

    Google’s first link to your site upon a search for ‘Desert Beacon blog’ has your site flagged as a contagion of bugs and malware. The lower links take one to your site. I took screen captures of the search and of the warning. If you have interest I would be happy to email them to you. I do not use any of the population tracking social networks. my email fyi is


  2. Yes, the old site on Blogspot is no more because of the contamination. That one’s down and will stay down because all the material was exported long before the virus or malware showed up, and now this Word Press site is the current location for Desert Beacon. There’s a reminder on the Facebook page NOT to attempt to visit the old site.

  3. saxytraveler

    HI Desert Beacon I really enjoy your blog, thanks for keeping us updated.
    -Kristen Spees

  4. Erin

    I worked as counsel for the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners from 2012 through 2015. In 2013, I recognized that Nevada did not have laws to properly prosecute licensees who were operating pull mills. I drafted 11 pages worth of laws, which were gathered from research on states that have addressed the opioid epidemic, I felt would allow the board to prosecute its licensees who were operating pill mills. The laws were presented to Edward Cousineau in 2013. He refused to present them to the Board members for their consideration at that time because he did not want to deal with interim legislation. When I left the board in 12/2015, he was still refusing to present the laws to the board members for their consideration. He is doing nothing to address this epidemic because he does not want to upset the physician population for fear he will lose his job. Aren’t the licensees supposed to be afraid of the power of the board and not the other way around? If the leader of the board is afraid to reign in the licensees, then aren’t the licensees really controlling the board leaving the public without protection?

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