Nevada showed up last week in a Washington Post editorial, but as usual, it was a mention the state would likely have preferred to forgo.

At issue was a tantrum thrown by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, who complained because an Oklahoma senator was trying to kill two highway bridges slated for Alaska, at a cost of $453 million, so the money could be used instead to rebuild a bridge on Lake Ponchartrain that was destroyed by Hurricaine Katrina.

The Post editorial read, “[T]hink about this spending in the larger context: Poor, mistreated Alaska. It ranks number one in per capita federal spending, $12,279 in 2003, compared with Nevada, number 50 at $5,235 for every resident. Alaskans received $1.89 in federal help for every tax dollar they sent to Washington.”

Last year, U.S. Rep. James Gibbons’ office said Nevada receives 73 cents for every dollar in federal taxation.

Dennis Myers was the news editor of the Reno News & Review. He was a journalist for more than four decades. In 1987-88 he was chief deputy secretary of state of Nevada. He was coauthor of Uniquely...