Las Vegas Sun

July 30, 2014

Currently: 98° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Editorials

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.
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.
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.
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.
Jim Wheeler’s world
Nov. 3, 2013
Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Minden, has found himself in the middle of a firestorm after a YouTube video of him saying he’d vote for slavery if his constituents wanted it made the rounds last week.
Fair play for our kids
Oct. 22, 2013
We’re paying particular attention to a meeting scheduled for today at Las Vegas City Hall. It doesn’t involve labor relations, liquor licenses or zoning enforcement.

Email Newsletters

To view/update your newsletter subscriptions and interests, please visit our Preference Center.

Letters to the Editor

E-mail your submission. Letters to the editor should be no more than 250 words and include the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

Obama has made America better
I would like to reply to the writer of the letter “Impeach Obama to put our nation first” and others who feel President Barack Obama has ruined this country and should be impeached.
Continues…
By Jerry Zodin, Las Vegas
Protect health care for our seniors
Today marks the 49th anniversary of the introduction of Medicaid and Medicare. Nearly half a century ago, these health care programs were enacted to provide America’s seniors with reliable medical coverage.
Continues…
By Michael Martino, Henderson
Energy efficiency isn’t built piecemeal
Once again proposed statewide energy efficiency standards are in the news.
Continues…
Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Getting past GOP obstruction
So Republicans thought they could keep the Obama administration from accomplishing anything by just saying no to everything.
Continues…
Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Understand the role of Congress
The writer of the July 19 letter “John Boehner should be fired” seems to believe that Congress should obey President Barack Obama in every piece of legislation he proposes.
Continues…
By Don Davis, Henderson
Securing border isn’t the solution
In response to the July 20 letter “Washington won’t listen to us,” I have a question: What is a secure border? Is it a border that completely stops all travel, trade and traffic? Or one that stops only illicit travel, trade and traffic? Many nations have walls or fences with borders near high-population areas, but many don’t.
Continues…
By Dwayne Morton, Las Vegas
Koch brothers’ newspaper effect
I normally do not bother to read or comment on articles I find on editorial pages, as I usually find them written by scared, angry white guys flailing about this perceived threat or saying who’s to blame for that grossly misunderstood issue. However, I recently had the opportunity to read the editorial pages of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Sun.
Continues…
By Gary Warshefski, Boulder City
It’s wrong to blame religion for wars
I am writing in response to the July 18 letter “The problem of organized religion.” With all due respect, this belief that organized religion is the cause of wars, and all that goes with it — pain, bloodshed and mayhem — is as old as the hills and is once again based on mankind’s limited earthly minds. It’s also an easy accusation to make.
Continues…
By Marte Jones, Las Vegas