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August 29, 2014

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  • See ya later: After two years covering Downtown, columnist Joe Schoenmann is moving on.
    Joe Downtown: A final column of advice, predictions and ponderings
    Aug. 27, 2014
    After two years of covering the Valley's hottest 'hood, columnist Joe Schoenmann is moving on.
  • Inside Boulder City's Hemenway Park, desert bighorn sheep tolerate humans calmly. Outside the park, you'd never get this close.
    Counting sheep: Up-close bighorn sightings are the norm at a Boulder City park
    Aug. 27, 2014
    Um, what?! You usually need to bust out the binoculars at Lake Mead.
  • D'oh! Both the family residence and the Kwik-E-Mart from The Simpsons have come to life in the Las Vegas Valley.
    Viva Springfield? A brief history of 'The Simpsons' in Las Vegas
    Aug. 27, 2014
    Do you remember when Henderson got its own Kwik-E-Mart? We do.
  • 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 …
  • Reason behind teacher shortages
    Aug. 26, 2014
    What other profession offers raises for the first 12 years of employment and then expects those employees to work for 18 more years without a raise? No cost-of-living raises for going on six years means most …
  • Tax-paying secularist objects
    Aug. 26, 2014
    Tax the churches (and temples, mosques, etc.). It needs to be said. And while we’re at it, let’s stop pretending that religious institutions aren’t in the business of …
  • As 2016 presidential hopefuls surface, foreign-policy debate gets murkier on left, right
    Aug. 25, 2014
    For several years, debate over President Barack Obama’s international policies has followed a simple partisan pattern. Obama’s top aides and most fellow Democrats, hailing the end of the Iraq war, supported his goal of lowering the U.S. profile abroad.
  • ‘Every student in every classroom’
    Aug. 25, 2014
    A friend of mine who owns a technology company recently told me, “In my line of business, if you’re doing something the same way you did it six months ago, you’re doing it wrong.” I don’t know if change is happening that rapidly in education, but sometimes it sure feels like it.
  • Arts feed curiosity, creativity, connection
    Aug. 25, 2014
    We need to keep teaching the arts in our schools. Classes in the arts are where kids learn that they can improvise and by making something up, make something new and better.
  • Are police departments in America overmilitarized and underaccountable?
    Aug. 25, 2014
    Americans have been transfixed for more than a week now by the protests in Ferguson, Mo., sparked when an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a police officer.
  • UNLV acting president Don Snyder speaks during commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 17, 2014.
    Tier One status vital for UNLV
    Aug. 24, 2014
    As UNLV starts a new academic year Monday by welcoming nearly 30,000 students to campus, it is evident the university is evolving. Yes, there is enormous change occurring at UNLV, and there is also excitement as we …
  • An important question
    Aug. 24, 2014
    When we invaded Iraq in 2003, Saddam put up his military against ours in conventional fashion …
  • Don’t raise my sales tax
    Aug. 24, 2014
    Regent James Dean Leavitt proposes a sales tax to fund a stadium at UNLV and a $100 per year charge on students to finance a “perpetual fund” for UNLV capital projects. …
  • Questions about Lake Mead
    Aug. 24, 2014
    Every day there is something about saving water in the other paper. We all have seen Lake Mead recede …
  • Will NRA back this plan?
    Aug. 24, 2014
    Nicholas Kristof is right on (“Our blind spot about guns,” Aug. 6) when he compares automobile and gun deaths in the past century. The automobile industry, either voluntarily or by government mandate, has done a tremendous job in …
  • Wars are all about the money
    Aug. 23, 2014
    I agree with Vernos Branco’s letter to the Sun (“Thoughts on war, critics and pundits,” Aug. 18) stating that the U.S. shouldn’t be the world’s policeman. …
  • It’s no wonder police are on edge
    Aug. 23, 2014
    Thank goodness our county sheriff has a cool head. He was aware of all the gun-nuts in the area, and coolness ruled. …
  • Big-league ambassadors
    Aug. 23, 2014
    How refreshing to see some good news coming from the state of Nevada. Nevada is taking the Little League nation by storm. What a great …
  • Epidemics and the global village
    Aug. 22, 2014
    The agitating Ebola emergency has captured headlines. There are some who undoubtedly assume this kind of epidemic is unusual. However …
  • 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 …
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