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January 28, 2015

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Resolve is needed in war of ideas; right to self-expression must prevail
A few weeks removed from the terrorist attacks in Paris, we are still struck by the tragedy and how the world has responded. There is a clear division between those who support the basic human right of freedom of expression and those who don’t.
Governing for the good of Nevada
After Gov. Brian Sandoval’s State of the State speech Thursday, some people said he sounded like a moderate Republican, others said he sounded like a conservative Democrat.

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End of crime bad for economy?
What if there were no more need for police, lawyers, judges, prison guards, probation officers …
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By Stephen Anthony, Las Vegas
The marriage problem
In regard to the Frank Bruni column “Your God and my dignity,” I have listened to and read rantings about marriage more times than I can identify. I think the whole problem is …
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By Valerie Goldstein, Las Vegas
Here’s why God would be Democrat
Private charity is great but lacks efficiency and the ability to cover large groups of people and is too arbitrary to do the job. In other words …
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By Daniel Olivier, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Voter ID controversy has easy solution
When I registered to vote, not only did I have to produce documentation proving I was a citizen of the U.S., but I was subject to …
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
Independent: Time for Romney to sit
The hubris of Romney is what shocks me — 51 percent of the electorate, or 65 million Americans, chose the current president. The electoral vote was …
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By Peter McMurran, Henderson
Give consumers a break at the pumps
The price of gas is down and now the feds want to raise the interest rates and the gas tax. Can us common folks…
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By John Walsh, Las Vegas
Some questions about our water
Despite constantly hearing from both past and present water bosses that Las Vegas has nothing to worry about and that the Southwest must and will work together to solve the Colorado River crisis, reading between the lines …
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By Howard Watts III, Las Vegas
Franchise doesn’t belong in Las Vegas
Regarding the proposed soccer stadium in Symphony Park close to the Smith Center: One can only hope the movers and shakers of …
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By John Esperian, Las Vegas
Diversity of opinions needed
Letters lambast Republicans for every sin on earth and fault the rich for …
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By George Pucine, Las Vegas
Obama has twisted logic on Gitmo
President Barack Obama has often claimed that Gitmo creates more terrorists than are in it, and for that reason, he wants to …
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By Michael Casler, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • How speech rights went wrong in France
    Unlike leaders in the United States, French leaders seldom talk about how much their fellow French increasingly …
  • Will taxing the rich save the middle class?
    Middle-class incomes have been stagnating since the 1970s, and it’s a problem that economists and observers on the left have been …
  • What change sounds like
    Since the economic recovery is now so strong that the GOP can no longer complain that President Barack Obama failed to bring the economy back to health, Republicans need to …
  • We back free expression in Paris but not in U.S.?
    Like all civilized world citizens, I was outraged by the brutal killings this month in France. Those who first died were the cartoonists and editors of Charlie Hebdo. They were slain in retaliation for their creative satire of the Prophet Mohammed by extreme Islamists who felt the need and the right to impose their own judgment on these talented writers and illustrators. The world was outraged. Why?
  • GOP stays stubborn on climate change
    We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Barack Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.
  • Public education for a new Nevada
    With an economy based largely on casinos and construction, the old Nevada had less need of an educated population than most other states. A worker with a high school degree could make good money building homes, serving drinks or parking cars, at least while they were still young and healthy. Many students who wanted a good college education left the state, and the state could afford to be a tax haven for shell corporations, millionaires and retirees.
  • Democrats place priority on schools
    Bipartisan agreement is often hard to achieve. But Republicans and Democrats across Nevada agree that our state’s education system is broken. For too long, we’ve approached funding education as if we were stuck in the 1950s rather than addressing the current needs of our students and preparing for Nevada’s future. Indeed, as Gov. Brian Sandoval noted in his state of the state speech, many of our educational policies and the way we fund them are based in the last century. The results have been ugly: Our classrooms are overcrowded, our teachers lack the resources necessary to educate our students and ...
  • What happens as political prodigies age?
    What happens to young prodigies in early adult years, middle age and Medicare days? Here’s the story of one political …
  • Paris attack was terrorism, not war
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ declaration that France is at war “against terrorism, against jihadism (and) against radical Islam” will not have much practical impact on the …
  • After vote and veto, Keystone XL pipeline could make a comeback
    The U.S. Senate launched its first great debate of 2015 last week, on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries of Texas. Predictably, the rhetoric …
  • Mitt Romney is the only one who thinks he’s Reagan
    Mitt Romney is the only one who thinks he’s Reagan
    Mitt Romney’s third campaign for the White House got off to a good start ... for about three days. The backlash last week came not just from core conservatives, who have never been enthusiastic about the ideological chameleon, but also from …
  • Put onus on banks to educate the public on products
    There are dozens of entities devoted to educating you about all things financial. Congress funds a commission and a website, mymoney.gov. Schools have added “financial literacy” to their curricula. Banks put out pamphlets, and every major investment brokerage has web pages devoted to educating people on how to invest wisely. But none of it is …
  • Culture wars trump globalization
    Surprise. This is not the world we thought we’d leave our children as an inheritance. After the Cold War ended around 1990, some historians and journalists boasted that …
  • We must confront Salafi teachings
    On Jan. 9, the day French police killed the terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo, the liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was publicly flogged in Jeddah for insulting Islam. The two cases are …
  • Questioning our questions
    Trying to imagine what will matter in a new year is daunting, but it takes no clairvoyance to see that in 2015, one of the struggles around the globe will be between those who acknowledge that religion is …