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September 1, 2014

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Why can’t we talk about this? Candidates need to debate
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
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 …

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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
Wealthy Bieber escapes justice
I guess money does talk. Justin Bieber cut a plea deal in a Miami DUI case if he takes a 12-hour anger-management course and donates $50,000 to charity.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Don’t get involved in the ISIS mess
It’s time to address the hysterical overreaction to the ISIS threat. It does not have an air force or a navy, and it is much more of a threat to its fellow Muslims than it is to us.
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By Stan McClure, Las Vegas
Not all vehicles must be registered
In the Sunday letter “Will NRA back this plan?” the writer tried to draw an analogy between automobiles and firearms. He wrote: “Auto owners must register their autos when purchased and relicense and pay taxes every year. A person must be at least 16, in most if not all states, and have a license to operate the auto.” He concluded that firearms should have similar registration and licensing conditions.
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By John M. McGrail, Las Vegas
Idle minds in Ferguson
Some say an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Are the residents of Ferguson, Mo., at the workshop’s epicenter?
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Added sanctions may backfire
I had a tremendous opportunity at the end of July, as a member of a peace delegation, to visit my senators’ and representative’s offices in Washington, D.C. Berim.org and the Win Without War coalition sponsored the delegation.
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By Denise Kugler, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Renaming ISIS condos a wise move
    In the early 1980s, Larry King used to pitch an appetite-suppressant candy on his nationally syndicated radio talk show.
  • Fix immigration fully
    Fix what ails immigration now or risk another 11 million unauthorized workers later.
  • He has a dream
    As he has grown weary of Washington, President Barack Obama has shed parts of his presidency like drying petals falling off a rose.
  • 2014 and the limits of rage
    The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors races.
  • Press freedom under fire in Ferguson
    Journalists in Ferguson, Mo., don’t face as many risks as our colleagues in Syria, but that’s not much to brag about.
  • What happens after Ice Bucket Challenge dries up?
    I’m thinking about the aftermath of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Like so many other people, I ended up posting a video on Facebook showing a bucket of ice water being poured over my head, challenging three other people to do the same, and then making a donation to the ALS Association, which fights the progressive neuro-degenerative ailment known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • The president who won’t look at me
    I have a complaint about our president. Mine differs from the complaints from kooks convinced he’s a Kenyan-conceived commie committed to conspiracy to convert our country to a caliphate.
  • Kicking the football habit unless game changes
    A few years ago, I began to feel guilty about watching football. What started it were the revelations about brain damage we now know the game caused in many retired players. But there was plenty more — the cynical commercialization of the sport, its cultish celebration of violence and the more subtle ways in which football warps our societal attitudes about race, gender and sexual orientation.
  • Truth about patient No. 9413
    My mother was a woman hollowed out like a tree struck by lightning. I wanted to know why.
  • Why Obama won’t abandon Israel
    The ongoing Gaza crisis seems to have broken a lot of crockery in the U.S.-Israel relationship.
  • Black, white and baseball in Philadelphia
    If you were looking last week for a thread of hope amid all the hurt in America and savagery abroad, for something to thrill to and cheer about, this is where you found it, on a baseball diamond in central Pennsylvania that really did amount to a field of dreams.
  • Our thoroughly modern enemies
    In his remarks on the murder of James Foley, the American journalist decapitated by the terrorists of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama condemned Foley’s killers, appropriately, as a “cancer” on the Middle East and the world. But he also found room for the most Obama-ish of condemnations: “One thing we can all agree on,” he insisted, is that the would-be caliphate’s murderous vision has “no place in the 21st century.”
  • The making of a global disaster
    Almost 13 years after 9/11, a jihadi organization with a murderous anti-Western ideology controls territory in Iraq and Syria, which are closer to Europe and the United States than Afghanistan is. It commands resources and camps and even a Syrian military base. It spreads its propaganda through social media. It has set the West on edge through the recorded beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley — with the promise of more to come.
  • Gift horses gone wild
    It’s a tribute to the level of terrible news we’ve been inundated with this summer that the corruption trial of ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may qualify as a feel-good story. Unless, of course, you are McDonnell.
  • The president’s golf address
    Fore! Score? And 7 trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State.