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September 2, 2014

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Endorsements for county commission primaries
May 25, 2014
John Bonaventura was elected as Las Vegas constable in 2010, and since then, the office has been entangled in a series of controversies, including claims of sexual harassment and a turf war with other constable offices.
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.
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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School situation is no surprise
Three years ago, when I was forced into retirement (after 30 years of excellent performance reviews in Michigan and Clark County) and replaced by a younger, grant-sponsored, less expensive “newbie,” I contacted the personnel department about substitute teaching. While still employed by the district, I was instructed to go online and complete the application process, including new transcripts (from the 1960s-70s no less), a new tuberculosis test and new fingerprinting — all at my expense.
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By Joanne Schwartz, Las Vegas
Get ready for a smoke-free Las Vegas
Smoke-free casinos in Las Vegas? Absolutely, yes!
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By John W. McDonnell, Las Vegas
Passing more laws isn’t the answer
In the Aug. 24 letter “Will NRA back this plan?” responding to Nicholas Kristof’s comment comparing gun and auto deaths, the writer states “at least auto operators must have insurance to protect second and third parties.”
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By Carl Finzer, Henderson
Understanding what ‘natural’ is
Thanks for the meaningful Aug. 25 article “What does ‘natural’ really mean?”
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By Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Henderson
No excuses if the U.S. is attacked
If, in the future, America sees another catastrophe perpetrated by terrorists and commentators in the media start saying “how could this happen?” think back to what I’m about to say.
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By Dana L. Stern Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
United States must exterminate ISIS
Today the civilized world as we know it is threatened by the ignorance of left-wing extremism blinded by its ideological resistance to an all-out eradication of the savagery of radical Islam.
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
Different views on the U.S. wealth gap
An analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor’s says the wealth gap is slowing the United States’ economic growth. We the nonrich already knew that.
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By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Something missing at casinos today
I’ve just returned home from Santa Fe Station, where I gave the staff one last chance to show how much they love me, as per Station Casinos’ familiar tagline “We Love Locals.”
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By Jeff Silverman, Las Vegas