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July 22, 2014

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Radical right’s ‘patriot’ movement is really just anarchy
That a group of U.S. citizens took up arms against their government to defend Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay grazing fees he has owed for decades is symptomatic of a larger political and cultural shift, a new report has found. The repercussions are scary and dangerous.
It’s time for state colleges to get some control
Community colleges should be innovating grass-roots programs to help their regions, but centralized governance can stifle that. In Nevada, it seems like that's exactly what's happening ...

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Where I Stand »

Letters to the Editor

E-mail your submission. Letters to the editor should be no more than 250 words and include the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

Changes to gun laws are needed
We just witnessed another senseless mass shooting that took the lives of four children, two adults and injured a child.
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By Thomas Brennan, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Lawyers certainly aren’t asleep
It appears America has too many attorneys. Every time you open a newspaper, visit the Internet or turn on the TV, someone is suing someone for who knows what.
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Offering thanks, and perspective
I have a blister on my finger. My wife had breast cancer. Two police officers and a civilian were murdered by psychopaths doing nothing wrong.
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By John Perkins, Las Vegas
Washington won’t listen to us
I love my country, but fear it’s being destroyed. Just over the horizon you can hear the rumbling of discontent.
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By Walter E. Gunther, Las Vegas
Investors shouldn’t get free water
Did the Southern Nevada Water District read the story in the July 8 Sun about an alfalfa business in Utah (“From exporters to owners: Thanks to more favorable growing conditions here, China’s hungry cattle feasting on alfalfa grown on Utah farm”)? Chinese investors are buying up farms to send alfalfa to their country.
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By Joan Martin, Las Vegas
John Boehner should be fired
Freedom of speech in our country has brought many downright rude and disrespectful people into the public light.
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By Sandy Price, Las Vegas
Until debt do us part
I found the article in Monday’s Sun, “Many over 50 are still saddled with student loans,” very sad personally.
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By Robert Stanelle, Las Vegas
Listen to Rush; you might like it
It is obvious to me that the letter writer who says “Shame on those who air Limbaugh” (July 15) has never or rarely listened to Rush Limbaugh, or has a very closed mind.
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Mary Jo Rhodes, Las Vegas
Support DOD study of Parkinson’s
I would like to ask all Nevadans to reach out to their elected officials in Congress and ask them to support the Department of Defense Parkinson’s Research Program.
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Carol Mandaris, Las Vegas
The problem of organized religion
That deadly mess in the Middle East threatening the entire world with bedlam is the fault of organized religion.
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John Dombek, Santa Clara, Utah

Other Voices »

  • Peace may never be at hand
    Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon — perhaps not in our lifetimes.
  • $300,000 drug won’t be the last
    Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug. Developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it is the first drug that attacks not just the symptoms but the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that usually kills victims by the time they reach their 40s.
  • Actually understand climate change
    The column by Frances Beinecke (“Despite misinformation effort, U.S. is targeting climate change,” July 11) recites all the tired myths and cliches of the global warming movement but offers not one iota of evidence. One would have hoped the leader of an organization with an annual budget of more than $100 million would be better informed about an issue as important as climate change.
  • Will Flight 17 sober us up?
    Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.
  • Obamacare fails to fail
    How many Americans know how health reform is going? For that matter, how many people in the news media are following the positive developments?
  • You can’t escape the Kochs
    You can’t escape the Koch brothers. They’re everywhere. Underwriting efforts to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Trying to get rid of aid to education, the Environmental Protection Agency and minimum-wage laws. They’re the brunt of late-night monologues, dramatic TV series and comedy film. They’re even supporting Iowa candidates.
  • Helping big companies compete
    Last week, Standard & Poor’s issued a short report about Boeing. “Boeing Co. Faces Long-Term Credit Risks If The U.S. Export-Import Bank Isn’t Reauthorized,” read the alarming heading.
  • Palestinian government must break with Hamas
    Now is the time for President Barack Obama to make that inconvenient call to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and finally deliver the news to him that the United States can no longer support a Palestinian government that includes ministers affiliated with Hamas, the terrorist group now firing hundreds of Iranian missiles at Israel’s major population centers. As one astute Israeli journalist remarked to me last week from a bomb shelter in Jerusalem, this fantasy idea that Abbas sold to the State Department and White House is absolutely dead, even though it has not yet officially been buried.
  • The Second Amendment’s intention
    As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment.
  • Where’s the oval avatar?
    The White House likes to use a phrase of tingling adventure to describe the president’s recent penchant for wandering the country talking to people: “The bear is loose.”
  • Agree to disagree like sane people
    Have you ever wondered what makes other people hold the ridiculous political opinions they do?
  • Think twice before that tweet
    In 2010, Dan Gilbert excoriated basketball player LeBron James decision to sign with the Miami Heat, calling it “cowardly,” “narcissistic,” and a “shameful display of selfishness and betrayal.” Gilbert was not merely an aggrieved fan, however. He was the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team James was leaving.
  • Leading through great loss
    In the carnage of Gaza and the Middle East, the most unlikely people have stepped forward from their grief to offer moral leadership.
  • ‘The buck stops with me’
    In trying to lay the blame for the border crisis on the White House’s doorstep, House Speaker John Boehner exploded at a news conference on Thursday, saying of the president: “He’s been president for 5 1/2 years! When is he going to take responsibility for something?”
  • Obama’s foreign policy echoes that of Nixon
    Don’t like President Barack Obama’s foreign policy? Blame President Richard Nixon. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for the former to acknowledge the influence of the latter, even as we approach the 40th anniversary next month of Nixon’s resignation.