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Our endorsements for state legislators
Oct. 18, 2014
This year’s election for state legislators should be a call to arms for voters to endorse lawmakers who will put Southern Nevada’s needs ahead of partisan politics. For too long, we have gotten the bum’s rush in Carson City, where our needs are given short shrift — even from our locally elected politicians.
Endorsements in education races
Oct. 17, 2014
Given that Nevada has long been below the national average on any number of measures of education — student achievement, proficiency, per-pupil spending, to name a few — this has to be a top priority for the state and the next Legislature.
Your vote is no less important for lack of top-ticket races
Oct. 12, 2014
Just because there are no presidential candidates on the ballot this year, and the race for governor is a one-man affair, doesn’t mean you have no reason to vote. If you care about how Congress, the state Legislature and law enforcement are run, or about taxes and education in Nevada, cast your vote.
Nevada students, teachers need our support
Sept. 28, 2014
Nevada’s chronic struggles to create a robust education system reflect not just an unwillingness to adequately fund our schools as a public policy priority, but also ...
How Tesla, UNLV supercomputer are reshaping Nevada
Sept. 21, 2014
Critics of the $1.3 billion tax abatement granted to Tesla Motors by the state may not be looking at the big picture ...
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 ...

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Enforce penalties for gun offenses
We don’t need new gun laws. What we need is the courts to …
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By John Walsh, Las Vegas
Higher gas tax not needed for roads
There is no tax or increase in taxes that politicians and lobbyists don’t love. The fact that an increase in the gasoline tax is not needed to fund roads and bridges seems to …
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By Michael Donnelly, Las Vegas
Work to avoid sage grouse listing
There is a tendency among us here in Nevada to put our heads in the sand when we think about the many public-lands issues we face, but …
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By Jim Boone, Las Vegas
A GOP Congress and the market
There is a well-known phrase in Latin, “post hoc, ergo propter hoc,” translated as “after this, therefore because of this.” Although this …
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
The myth of compromise
Until now, the Obama administration was largely portrayed in the media as willing to compromise and the GOP …
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By Michael Casler, Las Vegas
The marriage problem
In regard to the Frank Bruni column “Your God and my dignity,” I have listened to and read rantings about marriage more times than I can identify. I think the whole problem is …
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By Valerie Goldstein, Las Vegas
Here’s why God would be Democrat
Private charity is great but lacks efficiency and the ability to cover large groups of people and is too arbitrary to do the job. In other words …
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By Daniel Olivier, Bullhead City, Ariz.
End of crime bad for economy?
What if there were no more need for police, lawyers, judges, prison guards, probation officers …
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By Stephen Anthony, Las Vegas