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March 27, 2015

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With three cities in strong recovery, don’t mess with what works
Our society is filled with critics. We yell at our TV sets when our favorite quarterback overthrows his receivers three times in a row. We growl at our food server if it takes too long to have our iced tea refilled. We grumble at the sales clerk for chatting with another customer while we restlessly tap our feet, waiting for our turn. But we still root for our quarterback because overall he’s a winner, we still eat at the same restaurant for its predictably good food and service, and we still shop at that store because the clerks there are ...
Who should lead our cities? There’s a simple answer
When The Sunday looks at how our cities have suffered because of the economy’s punch to the gut, how each is recovering today and how bright their futures are, we reach one conclusion. Our elected city leaders are serving us tirelessly and, with good overall decisions and smart strategies, are moving our cities forward with our best interests at heart. There are other good candidates, but we think it is best to stick with the tried and proven ...
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Time to embrace ridesharing in Vegas
If you live in Southern Nevada, you know how tough and costly it can be to get a taxi to come to your home or place of business. I live in Summerlin …
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By Amber Azmat, Las Vegas
Why haven’t gas prices decreased?
It was a great relief when a number of gas stations around the Las Vegas Valley dropped the price of regular unleaded below the $2-a-gallon mark recently. After a short time …
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By Mark Kagan, North Las Vegas
Regulations are a necessary evil
Paul Krugman again illustrates with his column “Partisan pepperoni” (Las Vegas Sun, March 14) why his articles are …
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By Ed Dornlas, Las Vegas
How else will GOP obstruct Obama?
Earlier this month, 47 Republican senators signed and sent a letter to Iran stating that no matter what the government agrees to, we can subsequently take it off the table. Several senators have since …
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By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
The Republicans’ foreign policy
A column by Doyle McManus was recently titled, “Republicans haven’t quite worked out a foreign policy beyond ‘not Obama.’” Republicans should …
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By Arnie Blakeman, North Las Vegas
School board needs businesspeople
A few years ago, someone came up with the brilliant idea that in order to run for Clark County judge, a person must be an attorney who has passed the bar in Nevada and at some point practiced law within the state. At the time I thought, “What a …
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By Fredrick Wilkening, Las Vegas
How is exorbitant tax legal?
Thanks to the letter writer who expressed outrage about the tax on his …
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By Donald Sexton, Las Vegas
Thomas Friedman misguides criticism
I am shocked the Las Vegas Sun would publish a column that tears apart …
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By Dick Anderson, North Las Vegas
Ridesharing would benefit community
As both a student and employee of UNLV, I find myself reliant on the city’s public transit system. Use of taxi services is out of the question as I tire of wait times and the expense associated with …
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By Nicola DiPalma, Las Vegas
Nonunion workers get same benefits
I worked in the Postal Service for 34 years and had many positions — postmaster, supervisor, shop steward, grievance procedures, arbitrations, union meetings and conventions. I’ve never heard of nor seen any …
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By Samuel Coles, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • Trillion-dollar fraudsters
    By now it’s a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar “magic asterisk” — a line that promises huge spending cuts and/or revenue increases, but without explaining where the money is supposed to come from.
  • A woman’s place is on the $20 bill
    You may have heard there’s a movement afoot to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. Finally, we’ve got a current event that’s not depressing.
  • Netanyahu must embrace peace
    The outcomes of the Israeli elections are a great personal victory for Benjamin Netanyahu, who, a few days earlier, was being dismissed by pundits as a relic of the past. Indeed, this is a double victory: Not only will Netanyahu be able to form a stable, right-wing government, but his government also will be able to address a major grievance of the Israelis in recent years — the socio-economic one.
  • Looking for a fresh face
    There are rare moments in history when Americans have sought the comfort of experience over the excitement of novelty. Indeed, our first five presidents were established figures, familiar and experienced, and steeped in the values of the Revolution and the Constitution.
  • Flash point Ferguson
    Ferguson, Mo., is once again a flash point in this nation’s struggle to come to grips with itself, as its citizens are embroiled in a profound conversation about …
  • Oh, no! It’s a new Senate low!
    But, really, last week was a new bottom. The Senate found itself unable to pass a bill aiding victims of human trafficking, a practice so terrible that it is one of the few subjects on which members of Congress find it fairly easy to …
  • Not enough was made of Obama’s remarks at Selma commemoration
    Not enough was made of Obama’s remarks at Selma commemoration
    Amid controversies over Hillary Clinton’s emails and Republican meddling with the Iran nuclear talks, President Barack Obama’s speech at the 50-year commemoration of the Selma voting rights protests received …
  • Answer hate speech with education
    Frat boys caught on video singing a racist chant are shocking, but not as surprising as we might think. New studies show young folks to be no less prejudiced than their elders. They just believe they are. And so do we, their elders.
  • Kasich waits in the wings
    Kasich waits in the wings
    Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential contest.
  • Protecting Nevada’s past — and future
    U.S. Senator Harry Reid and Rep. Dina Titus have introduced legislation to permanently protect a reservoir of prehistoric Nevada history while preserving a slew of marvelous outdoor recreation activities.
  • The high cost of Bibi’s comeback
    Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals. Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election polling — by law, polls can’t be published within five days of voting — showed Netanyahu’s Likud Party trailing Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union, the main opposition that allies Israel’s historic center-left Labor Party with the smaller centrist party of former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
  • Partying like it’s 1995
    Six years ago, Paul Ryan, who has since become the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the GOP’s leading voice on matters economic, had an op-ed article published in The New York Times. Under the headline “Thirty Years Later, a Return to Stagflation,” he warned that the efforts of the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve to fight the effects of financial crisis would bring back the woes of the 1970s, with both inflation and unemployment high. Needless to say, those warnings proved totally wrong.
  • John Katsilometes
    Fascination with old Vegas mob tales endures
    Notes compiled, and now imparted, from across the urban landscape we call VegasVille ...
  • Low cost of oil may not spark economic recovery
    Crude oil prices dropped from about $100 a barrel in July to a low of about $44 on March 6. Lower crude prices lead to lower gasoline prices and cheaper travel to Las Vegas by car. Spending less on gas also puts more money in the pockets of visitors and residents alike. But the net effect of falling gas prices on consumption depends on a 65-year-old theory of consumer spending by Milton Friedman ...
  • Nevada has a duty to prep for legal pot
    Nevadans will vote on the legalization of marijuana in 2016. This is a historic public policy decision that several states have already faced, and one that Silver State voters will carefully consider.