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October 24, 2014

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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.
Raising the alarm on mass shootings
June 22, 2014
Is gun control the answer? What can the nation do to limit them?
Why the minimum wage should concern you
June 15, 2014
A class-action lawsuit filed this year alleges that Nevada businesses and government officials undercut the state’s voter-approved minimum wage law. It is being joined by several lawsuits targeting specific companies. If the allegations are proven ...
There’s no good excuse for American citizens not to vote
June 8, 2014
There are all kinds of reasons why voter turnout for primary elections in Clark County is dismal. None is acceptable.
Pause to honor sacrifices of soldiers who died in service of our country
May 26, 2014
Today is Memorial Day, which to many Americans has become little more than a three-day weekend — the official start of the summer vacation season. The holiday’s founding, though, has its roots in ...

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Midterm elections to stun Democrats
With less than two weeks until the midterm elections, it’s not looking good for the home team — President Barack Obama and the Democrats. Why? The Islamic State is on the rise — strike one. Ebola is spreading — strike two. The stock market is tanking — strike three.
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By Carmine A. DiFazio, North Las Vegas
Cowards won’t show their faces
Well, they are at it again. How exciting it must have been for the brave Hamas warriors fighting while hiding behind the women and children of Gaza.
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By Bruce Karley, Las Vegas
Conservation is our water solution
We have been living with drought in the Southwest for years, so long that many of us are tuning it out.
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By Daniel R. Patterson, Boulder City
Ideology of the Dark Ages
I am responding to the Oct. 11 column “Incomplete caricature of Islam” by Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times.
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By Bill Fennell, Las Vegas
Oncologists against margin tax
On behalf of the Nevada Oncology Society, I want to express my concern with the statewide Ballot Question 3, referred to as “The Margin Tax Initiative” or “The Education Initiative.” Nevada Oncology Society is a nonprofit organization representing medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and other oncology specialists who provide cancer care in Nevada.
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By Hamidreza Sanatinia, Rockville, Md.
Media can best protect reporters
In response to Caroline Little’s Other Voices of Oct. 10 (“It’s time to protect journalists who risk their lives to report the news”), the media themselves have the means by which to best protect journalists operating in war zones.
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By Graham H. Tye, North Las Vegas
Who will Cegavske represent?
I viewed with interest the article on the secretary of state race in the Oct. 12 issue of the Sun. One important overlooked fact is that candidate Barbara Cegavske serves on the board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is state chair for that organization.
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By Gil Eisner, Las Vegas
Memorial walls for exposed employees
After coming home tonight from a local casino with the stench of nicotine clinging to me, I have come up with an idea for casinos that refuse to change to a nonsmoking environment for the safety of their patrons and, more importantly, their employees.
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By Sandra Hanson, Las Vegas