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August 1, 2014

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How a fight in Congress could hurt Nevada’s roadways — and much more
Congress has to pass a plan in a hurry to make sure the Highway Trust Fund has money to continue operating. If it doesn’t, it would be an economic disaster ...
Radical right’s ‘patriot’ movement is really just anarchy
That a group of U.S. citizens took up arms against their government to defend Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay grazing fees he has owed for decades is symptomatic of a larger political and cultural shift, a new report has found. The repercussions are scary and dangerous.

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Focus on the facts in climate debate
In the July 22 guest opinion “Actually understand climate change,” Joseph Bast of the Heartland Institute says I should doubt climate change.
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By Emily Chang, Henderson
Know why Israel responds this way
Brian Greenspun’s Sunday column “Seeing the facts in a world of death” clearly outlines why Israel is defending its people and territory. For those who deride Israel, one must ask, “What would you do if someone attacks your home and threatens the health and well-being of your family?
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By Michael Klion, Las Vegas
Hamas prevents lasting peace
Enough is enough. If we look at the recent problems in the Middle East, one can only hope that Hamas is disarmed, destroyed, disabled and defeated. Forever!
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By Harry Kelman, Las Vegas
Perry makes right move along border
The characteristic that has been absent at Texas’ border with Mexico is a protected zone with a blockage that cannot be penetrated by illegal migrations from the south.
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
Attacking Mongols’ trademark is wrong
As a retired law enforcement officer from California, I have known of the Mongols and their conduct since their inception both professionally and personally.
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By John Stites, Henderson
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.
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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.
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By Michael Martino, Henderson
Getting past GOP obstruction
So Republicans thought they could keep the Obama administration from accomplishing anything by just saying no to everything.
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Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Energy efficiency isn’t built piecemeal
Once again proposed statewide energy efficiency standards are in the news.
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Richard Rychtarik, 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.
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By Don Davis, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • Can GOP ‘ideas’ lure minorities back in ’14?
    After six years of bending to the gales of Tea Party vituperation against President Barack Obama, the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls seem to be rising up like visitors to Oz — with a heart, courage and a brain.
  • Black Dog Syndrome: Don’t judge a pooch by his color
    It’s not easy being a black dog at the pound. “We don’t discriminate against dogs based on their color, so we don’t automatically place those dogs in a nonadoptable category,” said Dianne Sauve, the director of Palm Beach County’s Animal Care and Control. “But there are times we end up with lots of black dogs.”
  • Middle foreign policy path
    With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals.
  • GOP is absent on immigration
    The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete — and so utterly irresponsible — that President Barack Obama has no choice but to act on his own.
  • We’re teaching to the test — not students’ futures
    I’m worried that we’re no longer teaching students how to think critically or to write well.
  • No war is an island
    It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is a self-contained struggle being run by the two parties most directly involved. It’s based on the supposition that the horror could be ended if only deft negotiators could achieve a “breakthrough” and a path toward a two-state agreement.
  • Connecting ready-to-work Americans, ready-to-be-filled jobs
    Almost six years after the worst financial crisis in generations, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months. Manufacturers are hiring again, and overall, there’s more work available now than at any time since 2007. For the first time in more than a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that the No. 1 place to invest isn’t China — it’s the United States.
  • Clean energy, strong tribe
    On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin a three-day hearing to listen to mothers, fathers, tribal leaders, clean energy workers, faith leaders, utility groups, business owners and others comment on its proposed Clean Power Plan.
  • Chamber lost its way in right turn
    Twice a year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce convenes what it calls its Committee of 100 — which is composed of heads of regional chambers and Washington trade associations. They hear about the business climate from the chamber’s longtime president, Thomas Donohue, and about the political landscape from Bruce Josten, its chief lobbyist.
  • Despair is not an option in Gaza
    Once again, Israelis and Palestinians have been plunged into another round of violence, which only brings bloodshed and destruction, breeds more hatred and plants the seeds of the next round.
  • Paul Ryan’s new clothes
    Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made in his major anti-poverty speech.
  • Obamacare teeters on a typo
    Remember how Democrats rushed into passing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act back in 2010 while they still had the votes? Now health care for millions teeters on a typo.
  • The rise of the left coast
    The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering a lesson to those willing to learn from experience.
  • Perry’s border campaign
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a response to the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. He’s calling up the National Guard. To do what? Provide day care?
  • Historians will recall our leaders’ inaction
    When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Hamas and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.