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November 26, 2014

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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.
Give the dying the right to pick how and when they want to die
Data from the Oregon Public Health Division show that between 1997 and 2013, 1,173 terminally ill patients received prescriptions for life-ending medication and only 752 of them decided to use the medication. Another 31 people may have taken the medication, but the information wasn’t reported to the state. California may be the first, thanks to Brittany Maynard.
Letters to the Editor

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Smooth seas ahead? Not likely
A sage letter writer (GOP agenda may help Democrats, Nov. 17) believes the next two years of GOP rule will likely allow a Democrat to …
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By Frank Bean, Henderson
Motivation needed for education
Hardly a day passes without a media reference to just how bad Nevada’s public education system is. Reporters rant about meager funding, poor English language skills, teacher salaries and class size. This is accompanied by an assortment of …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
A demonstration of sex education
Suppose a resident set up a small table and chair on the sidewalk in front of any local elementary school and brought a case of bananas and condoms along.
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By David Baker, Las Vegas
Were pipe’s effects on lake studied?
I would like to comment to the writers of the article “Using the ‘Tesla Bill’ to Southern Nevada’s advantage (Robert Lang and Jaewon Lim, Nov. 16). The North Las Vegas mayor wants to run a high-capacity water pipeline to the Apex project. Did anyone study the effects of that with the lake currently drying up?
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By Dave Nelson, Henderson
Make a deal for Yucca Mountain
I believe we have a great opportunity if our state politicians have the will to pursue it.
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
GOP majority will expose hypocrites
I was glad to see the Republican Party take the Senate and keep the House and governorships. This is the last hurrah for their party, and the public will finally see …
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By Michelle Bracey, Henderson
Vote for your interests, not pols’
How is it politicians, Republican and Democrat, are able to get voters to either not vote or vote against their best interests? The last national election turnout was …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Think about securing savings
The rich have taken control of the House and Senate, and if you are middle class, you may want to start putting your savings in a secured hold. I say this because …
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Republic Services losing recyclables
n regards to the letter “Republic Services needs a better plan” (Nov. 12) …
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By John Walsh, Las Vegas
A look at what left voters dissatisfied
Since voters on Nov. 4 said their votes were votes against President Barack Obama, that means they are dissatisfied with …
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By Randall Buie, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • Promiscuous college come-ons lure applicants
    Between the last application season and the current one, Swarthmore College, a school nationally renowned for its academic rigor, changed the requirements for students vying to be …
  • Immigration enriches you and me
    As in the mid-1800s, myths continue to drive vitrolic debate
    A book, “The Christian Examiner,” warns that “ill-clad and destitute” immigrants are “repulsive to our habits and our …
  • Thanksgiving shopping? There’s a better way for stores, shoppers
    It’s just about time for that annual American tradition. You know the one: when we actually care about …
  • The lame-duck dynasty
    All the world’s a stage — Congress included
    How am I going to get you interested in the lame-duck Congress? Did you even know they came back? Perhaps it’s like reports that Randy Jackson is leaving “American Idol” — the amazing news is that “American Idol” is still …
  • $5 billion the Pentagon doesn’t need
    On Nov. 10 the White House forwarded a request to Congress for an additional $5.6 billion to fight the war against the Islamic State. This is pocket change by …
  • GOP divide a mission for Jeb Bush
    GOP divide a mission for Jeb Bush
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in American politics over the next two years will be …
  • Obama’s new tactic: Don’t back down
    With only two years left in his final term — and after a stinging rebuke to his party in the midterm elections, the president is showing a new attitude: No more …
  • Jonathan Gruber should rethink his notion of ‘stupidity’
    Was Obamacare sold on a pack of lies or just political spin? Questions like that have turned Jonathan Gruber, who helped to create President Barack Obama’s health care plan, into a possible threat to its survival.
  • Reform immigration system to keep families together in U.S.
    In “Orange Is the New Black,” I play Maritza Ramos, a tough Latina from the ‘hood. In “Jane the Virgin,” I play Lina, Jane’s best friend and a funny know-it-all who is quick to offer advice. I love both parts, but they’re fiction. My real story is this: I am the citizen daughter of immigrant parents who were deported when I was 14. My older brother was also deported.
  • Congress’ duty to exercise war powers
    Before Congress leaves the capital for the holidays, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., must schedule a vote on an authorization for the war against the Islamic State.
  • Death by typo
    My parents used to own a small house with a large backyard, in which my mother cultivated a beautiful garden. At some point, however — I don’t remember why — my father looked at the official deed defining their property and received a shock. According to the text, the Krugman lot wasn’t a rough rectangle; it was a triangle more than a hundred feet long but only around a yard wide at the base.
  • Net neutrality rules
    Is there anybody out there who opposes net neutrality?
  • Boehner’s stall on immigration
    Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn’t fooling anybody. The only reason President Barack Obama had to act on immigration reform was that House Speaker John Boehner wouldn’t.
  • Follow these guideposts to shape Nevada’s technology future
    As we explain in our new report “Cracking the Code on STEM: A People Strategy for Nevada’s Economy,” neither the Las Vegas area nor the state as a whole has a clear plan for delivering the trained STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce required for continued growth in Nevada’s …
  • Obamacare vs. Scaliacare
    Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to …