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August 30, 2014

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Together, schools and parents can beat back bullying
May 4, 2014
A lawsuit against the School District may focus more attention on this troubling issue.
Bundy is no victor
April 20, 2014
In the aftermath of the standoff in Bunkerville between the Bureau of Land Management and rancher Cliven Bundy, Bundy and his supporters declared victory.
Mulroy’s water expertise won’t go down the drain
April 20, 2014
A rock star in the world of water policy has come out of retirement to focus on what the nation will need to react to climate change in the coming generations ...
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.

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Wealthy Bieber escapes justice
I guess money does talk. Justin Bieber cut a plea deal in a Miami DUI case if he takes a 12-hour anger-management course and donates $50,000 to charity.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Don’t get involved in the ISIS mess
It’s time to address the hysterical overreaction to the ISIS threat. It does not have an air force or a navy, and it is much more of a threat to its fellow Muslims than it is to us.
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By Stan McClure, Las Vegas
Not all vehicles must be registered
In the Sunday letter “Will NRA back this plan?” the writer tried to draw an analogy between automobiles and firearms. He wrote: “Auto owners must register their autos when purchased and relicense and pay taxes every year. A person must be at least 16, in most if not all states, and have a license to operate the auto.” He concluded that firearms should have similar registration and licensing conditions.
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By John M. McGrail, Las Vegas
Idle minds in Ferguson
Some say an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Are the residents of Ferguson, Mo., at the workshop’s epicenter?
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Added sanctions may backfire
I had a tremendous opportunity at the end of July, as a member of a peace delegation, to visit my senators’ and representative’s offices in Washington, D.C. Berim.org and the Win Without War coalition sponsored the delegation.
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By Denise Kugler, Las Vegas
Ignoring Qatar’s role in ISIS threat
Isn’t it strange with all the discussion about what to do about the threat from ISIS — should we bomb the group in Syria, perhaps reconsider “boots on the ground,” etc. — I haven’t seen a single word about doing something about stopping ISIS’ major sponsor, Qatar.
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By Harold Wasserman, North Las Vegas
How Obama can appease the GOP
I recently read Republicans are angered by President Barack Obama having the audacity to take a vacation and play some golf. I think I’ve come up with a plan that will help the president relax and will meet with the approval of Republicans (especially Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain) in the hard-working, never-take-a-break Congress.
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By Terry Cox, Henderson
Columnist off-base about disease
Michael Hiltzik, columnist for the Los Angeles Times, obviously has not had a loved one die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. His Saturday column about the ice bucket challenge is a travesty. He implies that since ALS is a rare disease, far outstripped by many other conditions, it does not warrant so much attention and money.
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By Susan Katz, Henderson