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September 17, 2014

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It’s time for an honest discussion about guns in America
Sept. 14, 2014
Hyperbole from advocates on both sides of the gun debate has made it almost impossible to sort through all the shouting and have a sober, adult debate about the role of guns in modern-day America.
UNLV stadium project deserves support, now and later
Sept. 7, 2014
An on-campus proposal stadium is on hold for UNLV. Why have so many been planned through the years but none built?
Unified kidnapping response needed
Sept. 5, 2014
The most horrifying aspect of the execution of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff is the utter inhumanity of it — a gruesome beheading captured on video for maximum exposure. Also chilling is the cold-blooded and brutal
A new flood of migration to US looms
Sept. 5, 2014
The swarm of immigrants who came across the border this year, including more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors, could wind up paling in comparison to an immigration crisis looming …
Why can’t we talk about this? Candidates need to debate
Aug. 31, 2014
Politicians too often duck the public when, by virtue of the positions they are trying to win, they should be telling people exactly what they think.
US policy of not paying ransoms for kidnapped Americans is on target
Aug. 26, 2014
Before decapitating American photojournalist James Foley in the desert dirt, the insurgents of Islamic State sought — and failed — to persuade the United States to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release. The United States, in keeping with its long-standing policy …
Little Leaguers showing the world another side of Vegas
Aug. 24, 2014
For the first time, a team from Nevada is playing in the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa., and the kids of Mountain Ridge are doing our state proud. They should inspire us to present to the world another side of Las Vegas that we can all be proud of ...
Destruction of chemical weapons shows U.S. may know what it’s doing
Aug. 22, 2014
Disparate, simultaneous crises around the world have put the Obama administration’s foreign policy on trial in recent weeks. The forward march of Islamic State insurgents in Iraq has led to …
Crowding, bad school buildings hurt student achievement
Aug. 10, 2014
Communities either make education a priority or they don't. In Nevada, we don't. And while that may be gratifying to some taxpayers in the short term, it's a long-term loss for the county and the state. Here's why ...
Immigration woes point to bigger problems
Aug. 3, 2014
People are very passionate when it comes to border security, and unfortunately, that means a lot of misinformation takes on a life of its own in the echo chamber. We sort through the false arguments ...
How a fight in Congress could hurt Nevada’s roadways — and much more
July 27, 2014
Congress has to pass a plan in a hurry to make sure the Highway Trust Fund has money to continue operating. If it doesn’t, it would be an economic disaster ...
Radical right’s ‘patriot’ movement is really just anarchy
July 20, 2014
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
July 6, 2014
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 ...
An extraordinary moment
July 4, 2014
Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, our attention naturally turns to this nation’s successful Revolutionary War to throw off the chains of a tyrannical regime. It is a day fittingly marked by patriotic parades and, in the evening, punctuated by fireworks. It is a day also marked by a celebration of one of the world’s most remarkable documents — the Declaration of Independence.
Hemenway Harbor in Lake Mead National Recreation Area seen from Boulder City on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
How dry we are: Nevada desperate for a drink
June 29, 2014
A 14-year drought continues to drain Lake Mead. Elected officials can’t be allowed to ignore the issue.

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Blame tax system, not Burger King
Regarding the article about Burger King purchasing a Canadian company named HM Horton.
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By Sylvia Engel, Henderson
Encourage healthy school lunches
With the new school year, attention is turning to school lunches.
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By Lester Valez, Las Vegas
Statue sullies Johnny Unitas
The indefinite suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice by the NFL is appropriate punishment for Rice’s despicable and dastardly act of hitting his girlfriend and knocking her unconscious. The NFL in July suspended Rice for two games and recently upgraded the suspension to indefinite.
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By Subhas Dhodapkar, Las Vegas
Dem stimulus is bad, GOP’s is good
The double standard presented by Sen. Dean Heller’s position on the Tesla tax incentives and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are startling. His website states: The Tesla announcement “shows Governor Sandoval’s policy of creating a low-tax environment to attract cutting-edge industry leaders, like Tesla, is working for our state.”
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History shows Iran can’t be trusted
In 1985, the United States made a secret arms sale to Iran despite an arms embargo. President Ronald Reagan went on to say the sale, which became part of the Iran-Contra affair, was made in hopes of the release seven U.S. hostages in Lebanon, and to repair animosity between the U.S. and Iran.
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By Sam Pizzo, Henderson
So much for private enterprise
No one can deny that Las Vegas is a world-class entertainment destination. Our resorts excel in producing an experience enjoyed worldwide.
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By Ed Dornlas, Las Vegas
Nation spending itself to collapse
The Sept. 8 letter “Two key programs and conservatives” misses the bigger problem.
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By Kevin Alexander, Logandale
Honor Rivers with laughter
I learned from the death of Robin Williams that the best way to remember the passing of a comedian is not with a customary “moment of silence” because the worst thing a comic can hear is nothing.
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By Fred T. Beeman, Las Vegas