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December 18, 2014

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When it’s about education, let’s not cut corners
It’s possible that Catherine Cortez Masto was the best candidate for the executive vice chancellor position filled by Chancellor Dan Klaich. Her credentials are not in dispute. But some regents are justifiably irked that they were not involved in the hiring process and a more extensive search was not undertaken.
Voters want to see GOP’s vision
Gov. Brian Sandoval rode a Republican surge in his re-election bid Tuesday, one that swept not only through Nevada but also throughout the nation.

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Details are lost in racial outcry
Lost in the racial outcry over the decision to not indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of black petty criminal Eric Garner is the key fact that the attempt to arrest Garner was overseen by a black female police sergeant.
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By Marc Jeric, Las Vegas
Support inclusive conservation plan
The sage grouse was all over the headlines last week as the Western Governors Association and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met, in part, to discuss its fate.
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By John Cahill, Henderson
Put the run back in the Rebels
I was interested in your article a few days ago about the transfers from the UNLV basketball team.
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By Jim Veltri, Las Vegas
The dark reality for immigrants
Last summer, when Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama’s adviser, was in Las Vegas to promote immigration reform, I pointed out to her that Republicans don’t want immigration reform. Undocumented immigrants are expected to register as Democrats once they gain citizenship, so why should Republicans help them? I have since been convinced there is a far darker reason.
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By Cesar Lumba, Las Vegas
Consider other points of view
We all have a tendency to read about and listen to political opinions that agree with our own. It would be a very healthy thing if everyone read just one book that explains the political opinion opposite theirs.
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By Michael Nash, Las Vegas
Racism saturates our society
The violently prejudicial treatment of black men by police all over the United States is an ugly reflection of the treatment Republicans have afforded the president of the United States, and for an identical reason: they are black.
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By John Dombek, Santa Clara, Utah
Don’t expect much from the House
Well, we have one more session with the “do-nothing” House. The next two years with complete control by the Tea Party types should be interesting.
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By Bruce Karley, Las Vegas
Rethink public safety priorities
It is a commonly held belief that the death penalty is less expensive than life without the possibility of parole, but that’s just not true.
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What a mess the GOP has made
U.S. employers added 321,000 jobs in November, the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world. The stock market has almost tripled since President Barack Obama took office ...
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By Phil Ventura, Las Vegas
A gesture to overcome tensions
The importance of symbolism offers us an opportunity to help our country heal. Every minority group has experienced injustice and had to assert itself collectively in order to gain acceptance and reasonable treatment by the majority. The black community has suffered over the years and still is striving to be treated fairly.
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Marvin Adelman, Las Vegas

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  • Cop cams: A good tool, not a cure
    As the tragic chokehold case of Eric Garner illustrates, police body cameras are not the solution to all police brutality complaints. But they can bring a much-needed clarity to what we’re arguing about.
  • The cheerfulness of tax reform
    If America’s long-term economic growth were 3.5 percent, the result would be the restoration of cheerfulness. If long-term growth is closer to 2 percent, the result will be continuing social disappointment and political crankiness.
  • On anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy, Congress should act on gun laws
    Two years ago this week, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 children and six adults were killed in one of the deadliest school shootings in our nation’s history. I will never forget the horror of how those children died — shot at close range with a high-powered rifle, with each child hit as many as 11 times, as a shooter fired more than 150 rounds of ammunition within five minutes. The tragedy was magnified by the realization of what could have happened if the killer had more time — given the time and capacity, he would have killed hundreds of ...
  • Hillary 2.0 would be Hillary XX
    November 2016 is still a long way off, but it’s hard to imagine that the presidential campaign will provide any bit of advertising as strangely entertaining and revealing as a video put online recently by Stand With Hillary, a new super PAC.
  • Of taxes, pigs and Congress
    Great news! After a year of hapless floundering, Congress appears well on its way to passing a major tax bill that will be signed by President Barack Obama.
  • Talking past each other on race
    The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation we always have: not a dialogue, but entirely separate discussions in which participants reinforce each other in the views they had going in.
  • Evil is being answered with evil
    The “debate” over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the beginning — that what they did was obscenely wrong.
  • Our nation’s role in striving for goodwill toward all men
    I wanted to write a Christmastime column about good people doing good things in our community. People who are striving for peace on Earth and goodwill toward all men. And then the U.S. government released the findings of a significant investigation into the interrogation techniques employed by America in its war against terrorism.
  • It’s going to take radical change to prevent incidents that spur protests
    In this basically urban society, how is it possible to prevent the kind of incidents that have stirred the people’s passions and brought about massive protests, some of them violent? The answer is that it …
  • About fish, weed and death: What constitutes cruel and unusual punishment?
    Should a fisherman face two decades in prison for discarding a few fish at sea? That question is at the core of a …
  • ‘The imperial Congress’
    President Barack Obama issued a veto threat recently against a corporate tax-cutting orgy that promised the world to many powerful interests but did little for the middle class and nothing for low-income Americans. The president’s move was …
  • The question we can’t answer
    Michael Brown’s death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure because …
  • Another case for term limits
    n 2010, Plymouth, Conn., was awarded $430,000 for widening sidewalks and related matters near two schools. This money was a portion of the $612 million Congress authorized for five years of the federal Safe Routes to School program intended to …
  • How to make the Supreme Court more accountable
    Does having relatives involved in labor disputes, affirmative action battles and cameras in courtrooms affect how Supreme Court justices decide cases and …
  • Corruption abroad threatens security of U.S.
    When the militants of the Islamic State swept across Iraq last June, they numbered no more than 12,000 and they faced a U.S.-trained, U.S.-equipped Iraqi army that boasted some 200,000 troops.