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J. Patrick Coolican

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California, Nevada take opposite stances when disciplining the same doctor
Feb. 22, 2013
Dr. Sean S. Steele was able to practice medicine in both California and Nevada until last year. That’s when the California Medical Board publicly revoked his license, based on evidence and testimony from a woman who said he sexually assaulted her in the back of a Mercedes during an evening of drinking. In Nevada, however, Steele, an internist, is still licensed and maintains privileges at several Las Vegas Valley hospitals, including UMC.

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Harry Reid to get in NV Energy's face during remarks to Legislature
Feb. 20, 2013
Sen. Harry Reid, who has a long history of taking on the the state’s electric monopoly NV Energy, will do so again today in his biannual speech to the Legislature in Carson City. According to sources familiar with the speech, Reid will talk broadly about diversifying Nevada’s economy and specifically press legislators to strengthen the state’s renewable energy mandate. A law known as the renewable energy portfolio sets out the percentage of energy delivered to Nevadans that must come from renewable sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric.

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Of course we need more cops, and yes we have to pay for them
Feb. 17, 2013
I’m sure I’m not the only one concerned by the news that crime was up 9 percent last year in the area patrolled by Las Vegas Metro Police. Crime is still down 20 percent from five years ago, so we needn’t panic, but this should get our attention.

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Las Vegas' political outsiders learn to play the inside game up in Carson City
Feb. 15, 2013
Before the Paulsens embark on their journey to influence the Nevada Legislature, David Paulsen says he needs to pick up a couple of quarts of oil for the 1994 Ford Econoline van.

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If goal is recovery, why stop drug testing at welfare recipients?
Feb. 8, 2013
When Florida started drug testing its welfare applicants, a study found welfare applicants were far less likely to use drugs than the rest of the population. But ideas can be zombies, especially in Nevada.

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Why is a Henderson councilman sidling up to an attorney being sued by the city?
Feb. 4, 2013
Does it seem appropriate that a Henderson City Council member is seeking the help of an attorney in raising money for his election campaign, even as the attorney is being sued by the city for his role in an alleged fraudulent proposal to build a sports complex in the city?

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When it comes to special interests, beat them at their own game
Feb. 3, 2013
Nevada legislators are inundated with information and limited time and staff to sort through it all. With term limits, the ability to develop expertise about complicated issues such as electric utility law, which can take years of close study, is gone. This is where special interests come in.

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Brooks case can be impetus for improving mental health services in Nevada
Jan. 27, 2013
For thousands of Southern Nevadans who have dealt with a family member in crisis, watching the Steven Brooks story unfold must feel surreal and all too familiar. Brooks, a Democratic assemblyman, was hospitalized Friday after his family called Metro police because of his increasingly erratic behavior, which indicates he is unwell and needs help.

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In a sobering effort to count our homeless, this man knows where to look
Jan. 25, 2013
It’s 3 a.m. Thursday, we’re searching for and counting the homeless, and Neil Jurgensen is our guide. Jurgensen, 49, spent 20 years living as an alcoholic on the ragged edge of the community, alternating among overfilled shelters, weekly motels, and the sidewalks of Owens and Sahara. Now sober two years and living at Salvation Army Safe Haven, Jurgensen volunteered as a guide on the valley’s every-other-year homeless census, in which nonprofit groups and government agencies, including police, come together to count the homeless.

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The cost and benefits of growing old if Caesars' Gary Loveman ran the world
Jan. 24, 2013
I suppose it’s fitting that a guy who is the chief executive of a company with nearly $20 billion in long term debt would be lecturing us on fiscal probity and what entitlements should be protected for the elderly.

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What happens when a decision by regents to save money undermines Nevada's quality of life
Jan. 23, 2013
People like Rachelle Reynolds, who has two autistic boys, are the victims in a decision by the Board of Regents to kill the occupational therapy program at CSN.

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Learning to be more understanding toward people getting cut, pricked and needled for beauty
Jan. 19, 2013
It would be easy, far too easy, to go all high dudgeon on the cosmetic surgery convention. So let’s go with an open mind and try to see the world through the eyes of the patients.

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Back to normal is good, but maybe it shouldn't be good enough
Jan. 16, 2013
Whew! Back to normal. That’s the best thing we can say about Gov. Brian Sandoval’s State of the State address Wednesday.

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Why the gun control debate is a boon to the firearms industry
Jan. 16, 2013
President Barack Obama laid out his agenda today to reduce gun violence, but here’s the reality: Obama’s re-election and the Sandy Hook massacre have been a gift to the gun industry and the gun rights lobby.

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How we can get in concert to enrich our children
Jan. 16, 2013
When you go to the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series and the music starts, you don’t want to watch the stage. The real action is in the audience, where many of the 1,600 fourth- and fifth-graders fancy themselves amateur conductors, waving their imaginary batons and urging on the musicians. This year, about 13,000 students will enjoy one of eight concerts at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

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J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican was born in Connecticut to a large, Irish Catholic family and then studied dead white male authors at the University of Notre Dame. He started his career during the 2000 presidential campaign, writing for a Web site he created with two friends. He's written for The Seattle Times, The Nation, LA Weekly and, since early 2006, for the Sun.

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