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September 30, 2014

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Is this the end of civilization?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
other voices:
“Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.” — Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House minority leader
Our messy military campaign
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
other voices:
President Barack Obama’s rollout of a military campaign in Syria against the Islamic State gets messier by the day.
Photo: Jerry Lewis addresses the audience during the Neva
Elvis meets Jerry Lewis, Wayner talks of the Fremont, Cirque bounds, and Sinatra returns at 150th anniversary show
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The night opened with a greeting from Penn & Teller and a burst of artistic acrobatics from Cirque. It ended with Clint Holmes’ ascending version of “Hallelujah” backed by the Las Vegas Mass Choir and Wayne Newton remembering ...
Giving in to ‘job creators’ depletes tax base
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Guest Column:
They say the house always wins, but the state of Nevada is letting Tesla walk away with the store.
Do Biden’s gaffes matter anymore?
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
Our famously gaffe-prone vice president, Joe Biden, has outdone himself. He stumbled through not one, not two, but three gaffes in less than 24 hours. For him, that’s a personal best, or, more accurately, a personal worst. Yet, if it is better to be criticized than ignored in politics, he can take little comfort from the way that hardly anyone outside of the Republican National Committee, whose website called it “Gaffetastic,” seemed to care.
Getting it wrong
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
I turned on ESPN about 15 minutes before Roger Goodell’s Friday afternoon news conference. There was a round table of analysts and reporters, led by Bob Ley, the journalist who covers the serious side of sports for the network. If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought they were prepping for a coming news conference by a politician in trouble rather than the commissioner of the National Football League.
Apple Watch an ankle monitor that nags
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
Apple is coming out with a new device to be worn on your wrist. They’re not calling it an “iWatch” because they don’t want you to think they’ll be watching. But you know they will be. “I wanna watch” will be the cry of those asking for a verb, not a noun.
More are poor, the rest are hurting
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Heard Elsewhere:
The U.S. Census released figures recently that show the national poverty rate has decreased for the first time since 2006. Don’t rush to plan a victory parade, though. The percentage of people in poverty has dropped slightly, but the implications are more mathematical than practical: Median household income has remained the same, and the number of those in poverty in 2013 — 45.3 million — is about the same as the year before.
Take a deep breath
Monday, September 22, 2014
other voices:
An existential struggle is taking place in the Arab world today. But is it ours or is it theirs? Before we step up military action in Iraq and Syria, that’s the question that needs answering.
Coping in Jerusalem: At least nothing is ever final in the Mideast
Monday, September 22, 2014
other voices:
Outside my window, in the Palestinian village across the road, they celebrated every night after the cease-fire. Fireworks hailed the supposed victory of Hamas over Israel — despite the devastation in Gaza, despite a cease-fire that gave Hamas nothing and could have been achieved a month earlier. A poll confirmed that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians believe Hamas won and that an astonishing 87 percent now support the organization whose deepest religious longing is the destruction of Israel.
Don’t use religion to cloak bias against LGBT families
Monday, September 22, 2014
other voices:
Growing up with two moms in the San Francisco Bay Area, I thought a family was defined by loud dinners, birthday parties, overprotective parents and unconditional love.
Writing ‘hooks’ pays off in car deal
Monday, September 22, 2014
Other Voices:
A 93-year-old man put his creative writing class to good use, good enough to reunite him with his beloved car.
Photo: Sax great Kirk Whalum, Nnenna Freelon and Clint Ho
‘Georgia on My Mind’ deserves a full house, but will it get one?
Sunday, September 21, 2014
The sound of singers is fueled by the band behind, and the artists turn to one another as if carrying on an animated conversation rather than singing a song in the Ray Charles tribute show “Georgia on My Mind” at ...
End Bush-Obama comparisons
Sunday, September 21, 2014
other voices:
Whenever Barack Obama seems in danger of falling, do we have to hear that George W. Bush created the cliff?
No help needed losing our heads
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Where I stand:
I don’t believe it matters whether the innocent American or British citizens who have been beheaded or have been threatened with murder were liberals or conservatives, internationalists or isolationists, Democrats or Republicans. They were …

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