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April 19, 2014

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Championing transparency
April 13, 2014
Secretary of State Ross Miller has found himself oddly under fire for aggressively upholding campaign disclosure laws, odd because some of his critics are self-professed champions of government transparency.
Court deals a blow to free speech
April 6, 2014
Many conservatives cheered the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this past week that struck down part of a campaign finance law, claiming it was a “victory” for free speech.
You want a better Nevada? It starts with our schools
You want a better Nevada? It starts with our schools
April 6, 2014
Innovation. Money. A strong beginning. Smaller class sizes. Accountability. These are the areas where we need to focus if we're ever going to pull Nevada up from the bottom of nearly every educational ranking in the country.
This election year, candidates need to take a stand
March 23, 2014
Enough is enough. People need help solving problems, not just kicking them down the road ...
Move forward on Interstate 11
March 9, 2014
Plans to build an interstate highway between Las Vegas and Phoenix have drawn critics recently, ranging from people who don’t want to see a freeway in their backyard to observers who dismiss it completely.
The North just doesn’t get it
March 2, 2014
For several years, Southern Nevada lawmakers have complained about how our region has been slighted by state government and the Legislature, pointing to how taxpayer money and state resources have habitually been diverted north. Those complaints have solicited little more than shrugs or blanket denials from lawmakers from the rest of the state.
Nevada has to do better than this
Feb. 16, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Nevada dumped mental health patients on other states.
Campaigning on ethics reform
Feb. 9, 2014
Several state lawmakers went to Israel last year on an all-expenses-paid trip courtesy of a lobbying group, but they didn’t report the trip as a gift on their annual disclosure report.
Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy has long backed a water pipeline from White Pine County to Las Vegas.
Whatever it takes to bring water to valley
Feb. 9, 2014
Pat Mulroy retired Feb. 6, leaving a long legacy as head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Mulroy helped create the authority in 1991, then found ways to provide the water that fueled Las Vegas' explosive growth.
Time for more cops
Jan. 12, 2014
Sheriff Doug Gillespie will ask the Clark County Commission this month for a small sales tax increase to pay for more police officers.
A wake-up call from Detroit
Dec. 12, 2013
A judge’s ruling Tuesday that the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy case may go forward — and that its pension obligations are not entitled to special protection but can be reduced, along with other debts — sends a chilly message to workers in California, where Stockton and San Bernardino are moving through the Chapter 9 bankruptcy process and other cities are struggling with their costs and revenues.
The very real threat of fake guns
Dec. 12, 2013
Plastic guns that can pass unnoticed through metal detectors aren’t just movie make-believe anymore. Using a 3-D printer and plans found online, officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently produced such a gun and found it was capable of firing multiple rounds.
Time for a medical school
Dec. 8, 2013
In a unanimous vote Thursday, university system regents approved an agreement between UNLV and UNR that could lead to a public medical school in Southern Nevada. The regents’ action is just the start of a long process, but this is an important step.
A new president for UNLV
Nov. 24, 2013
UNLV President Neal Smatresk’s pending resignation, which was announced last week, is sad news for the university and the community. In four years in the job, Smatresk proved himself to be a talented leader and great asset.
A federal fiasco
Nov. 17, 2013
After getting caught in a disingenuous plan to send more than 400 large containers of highly radioactive waste to Nevada, Energy Department officials put on a dog-and-pony show last week to try to make nice.

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Our young people and a TV blunder
One would hope the college student who pronounced “Achilles” as “A-chill-is” on a recent college edition of “Wheel of Fortune” is not representative of today’s college students.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Minimum wage not high enough
I believe that minimum wage should be increased in order for people to be able to simply live. I work in the service industry, and I must depend on tips to get by. Working 40 hours a week is still not cutting it.
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By Sam Castillo, Las Vegas
‘Patriots’ defend a rich tax dodger
I am frustrated by the so-called patriots who rallied to defend a tax dodger — a rich one, no less.
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By Frank Hackett, Taylor, Mich.
Economic growth is at capacity
In his April 8 column “A tax reformer’s uphill push,” George Will referred to an economic growth rate of 4 percent per year. That shows that Will has no understanding of high school math.
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By Jason G. Brent, Las Vegas
President wrong on GOP and voting
In a speech April 11, President Barack Obama spent a good part of the time chastising Republicans for limiting voting access to millions of blacks and minorities.
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By Clarence Lanzrath, Las Vegas
We lie to our kids about marijuana
I’m writing about Jackie Valley’s story in The Sunday: “Modern addiction: Our heroin epidemic.”
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By Kirk Muse, Mesa, Ariz.
Lawmakers get paid to do nothing
Well, here we go again. After all the hard work it did, the House is in recess. Lawmakers can go back to their gerrymandered districts and collect money to get re-elected to go back to Washington and do more nothing.
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By Bruce Karley, Las Vegas
Bundy’s win sends the wrong message
It is time for Nevada to man up and uphold the laws of the land. Since when did America start negotiating with terrorists? Cliven Bundy has blatantly broken the law and, even in the face of compromise, could not show humility or respect.
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By Greta Hyland, Dammeron Valley, Utah