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    By Sigrid Weidenweber

    It seems that the new circumstances of our lives make some governors believe that they are now invested with all kinds of powers and privileges—that the capabilities of the virus empower them to act with the force of dictators. Listening to the news, you might have gathered examples of this power grab already.

    Well, I had barely released my venom about the excesses and the costs of the virus-war, when a friend made me aware of how the governor of Nevada usurped special powers onto himself. She sent me an article by Republican Mesquite City Council Woman and Candidate for State Assembly, Annie Black, that is enlightening.

    Seems that Nevada Democratic governor Steve Sisolak rules in the same vein as California Governor Gavin Newsom. Although, Sisolak, at least, has a business background and should know better, whereas Newsom has no real life experience at all.

    Like a true despot, Sisolak, ordered on Friday, 20, 2020, without consultation with other elected officials, what he declared, non-essential businesses to be shut down under the threat of criminal penalties.

    “I am telling them that they must close their doors or they will face consequences,” he declared.

    Annie Black challenges, “Unquestionable compliance with a central authority figure is not the stuff our republic was founded upon! The White House called for 15 days to stem the spread. Yet governor Sisolak has declared a 30 day shut down? Why?” asks the councilwoman. Black then asks why the media is in total compliance with this edict without questioning the governor? And then, she begins to ask the questions the media ought to have presented to the governor.

    For example: why are construction companies allowed to operate but not landscaping businesses? Both are outdoor occupations where one remains well apart from one another. Why can Starbucks operate inside grocery stores but stand alone coffee shops and independent liquor stores are shut down and not allowed to sell with the same distance requirements? She goes along this line of questioning some more, however, her most profound question was,

    “Who is going to pay for the the law suits arising from the governor’s overreach?”

    Black then addresses the entire economic devastation that will befall the state of Nevada, a state heavily dependent on casino revenue—a business, now dead. She urges the governor to call a special session of the legislature to receive counselling and factual input from the 63 elected legislative members.

    I find councilwoman Black apprises the situation correctly and asks astute questions that Governor Sisolak should be forced to answer. I wish someone would forcefully question Gavin Newsom, too.

    Editor’s Note: This is an opinion article.

    The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.

     Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer. You can find her books on

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