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October 20, 2014

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Endorsements for county races
In the race for Clark County sheriff, the public would be well served whether retired Metro Police Capt. Larry Burns or Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo wins. They both bring significant qualities and experiences to the race, but, in our view, one candidate stands out.
Recommendations for top statewide races
This is no time for a complacent electorate, one that figures that with a shoo-in governor and no presidential race to agitate the masses, this is an easy election to take a pass.

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Where I Stand »

Letters to the Editor

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Crime pays for Hamas terrorists
Wow, $5.4 billion to a terrorist organization! If this doesn’t incentivize Hamas to continue its war on Israel, nothing will.
By Jerry Fink, Las Vegas
Let developers pay for soccer stadium
If this soccer stadium that Cordish Companies and Findlay Sports want to build is such a great deal, why don’t they try to hustle one of the billionaires here in town?
By Michael Kerzetski, Las Vegas
Biting off the downtown apple
Tony Hsieh. The revolutionary who was supposed to change downtown. The man who made me believe he could change the tech scene in Las Vegas. He promised changes that would revitalize a long-forgotten area of Las Vegas. I was ready to get a big T.H. tattoo on myself to show my unwavering support of Mr. Hsieh.
By Sean Rogers, Henderson
Doing what’s best for Nevada
The past year has been a trying time for our family — the Laxalt family. Sadly, we have been forced to face the loss of several cherished family members. This challenge has made many of us stop and pause about what truly does matter in life.
By Dr. Kevin Marie Laxalt, Dr. Kristin Laxalt, Neena Laxalt, Kevan D. Laxalt, Meggan Laxalt Mackey, Michelle Laxalt and Peter Laxalt
Fuzzy math with soccer stadium
In response to a recent article about soccer stadium funding, Oscar and Carolyn Goodman, the Cordish Co. and the Findlay family just don’t seem to get it. We taxpayers flat don’t want the deal, period.
By Bob Baker, Las Vegas
What does GOP have to offer?
As reported by Forbes, Fortune and Fox Business News, the economy is better when Democrats are in the White House. Yet, pundits and politicians on the right say …
By Vernos Branco, Las Vegas
Stay out of the way, government
Bruce Karley said in a recent column he believes U.S. House Speaker John Boehner presides over a bunch of do-nothing Republicans who get “big bucks” for doing “zero work.” They believe the jobless don’t want to …
By Michael Kreps, Las Vegas
It’s a tough time to be president
Millions of Americans breathed a sigh of relief and said “good riddance” when George W. Bush flew out of Washington, D.C., for the last time as president.
By Michael K. Casler, Las Vegas
Wrong city for Biden’s message
It was noble of Vice President Joe Biden to come to Las Vegas on Oct. 6. He was on a mission to encourage raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. This would be much higher pay than the current minimum wage and would help many workers.
By Todd Wheelan, North Las Vegas
The teachings of Muhammad
The Islamic State has been making headlines since last year. The group is known for coercion, kidnapping and ruthless public beheadings of innocent civilians, all in the name of creating a caliphate across Iraq and Syria.
By Fakhar Anjum, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Tackled by the language police
    Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins.
  • When government was good
    Tom Wolf’s mood is sunny but his words are serious. He’s answering teachers’ questions at an elementary school featured last year in a New York Times story about the costs of overcrowding and underinvestment.
  • A daughter’s sense of duty
    When friends heard I was in Michigan to help my elderly, macular-degenerated, moderately demented mother who had fractured her hip and been moved to a rehab facility, they told me not to forget to take care of myself. I’ve given other caregivers the identical advice. But now, after several weeks here, I wonder what it even means. How does it translate into reality?
  • Problem with delving into politicians’ personal lives
    Gary Hart’s downfall in the run-up to the 1988 presidential election marked an important milestone on a journalistic arc that began with Watergate. Where, previously, the media fast track was greased by befriending politicians, now it was enhanced by bringing them down. Ever since, nothing has been out of bounds for media outlets large and small. Consider Kansas.
  • Three key questions for the GOP
    Officially, not a single candidate is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
  • Amazon plays rough, but what will we do about it?
    Is Amazon a monopoly? That certainly is what Franklin Foer, the editor of The New Republic, thinks. In the magazine’s current issue, he has written a lengthy polemic denouncing the company for all manner of sins. The headline reads: “Amazon Must Be Stopped.”
  • Help wanted: Good worker for fun-sounding job
    Despite the swagger that a great job title can bring at a high school reunion, a local team manager said recruiters aren’t impressed by titles.
  • In defense of couple suing a sperm bank
    Three years ago, Jennifer Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, went shopping for sperm.
  • Fear of new ‘collard’ people
    Collard greens are “the new kale?” So say some chic eaters, even as some concerned cultural guardians fear a new socio-economic menace: “food gentrification.”
  • Bill Gates’ manure bin needs reboot
    Dear Village of Wellington Code Enforcement Office: I represent Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who owns an $8.7 million horse farm in your municipality.
  • This situation is scarier than Ebola
    We Americans do panic really well. We could use a few pointers on prudence.
  • Too many see only black or white in police shooting
    Before becoming a columnist, I was the night police reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and I used to spend a lot of time with cops. We’d often go to small chop suey joints on the city’s north side.
  • Research the JFK killing, Reddit-style
    Speaking at a recent conference on the Warren Commission report, author Jefferson Morley “said he believed the Internet would usher in a new era of Kennedy assassination research,” the Boston Globe reported last month.
  • Nobel panel makes the right choice
    The Nobel committee finally got the Peace Prize right in 2014. After blowing the chance to choose Malala Yousafzai last year — as a brave and inspiring champion of girls’ education worldwide — the committee finally tapped her, along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child labor.
  • As invasive species, ISIS is thriving
    An Iraqi official recently told me this story: When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Mosul in the summer, the Sunni jihadist fighters in ISIS, many of whom were foreigners, went house to house. On the homes of Christians they marked “Nassarah,” an archaic Arabic term for Christians. But on the homes of Shiites they marked “Rafidha,” which means “those who reject” the Sunni line of authority as to who should be caliph, or leader of the Muslim community, after the death of the Prophet Muhammad.