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October 31, 2014

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Give the dying the right to pick how and when they want to die
Data from the Oregon Public Health Division show that between 1997 and 2013, 1,173 terminally ill patients received prescriptions for life-ending medication and only 752 of them decided to use the medication. Another 31 people may have taken the medication, but the information wasn’t reported to the state. California may be the first, thanks to Brittany Maynard.
The Sun’s 2014 election endorsements
The Sun offers its endorsements of candidates and makes recommendations on the ballot questions for this year’s election. All terms are four years unless otherwise noted.

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Politicians are doing nothing
Another school shooting. All we get from our do-nothing politicos is, “Ho-hum.” What a bunch of unfeeling, overpaid, do-nothings …
By Bruce Karley, Las Vegas
Obama should act on Ebola crisis
I just reviewed a flier sent out by the principal of an elementary school near where I live. One of the topics was “Health Issues,” specifically the upcoming flu season. The advice if your child appears to be catching the flu or otherwise feels ill? “Keep them …
By J.J. Schrader, Henderson
Help change our democracy — vote
I am confused about an electorate that would vote based on fear and hate. Politics have become so polarized and idealistic, people vote against …
By Denise Kugler, Las Vegas
Friess is wrong on gay marriage
Enough! Steve Friess’ column (“A Sweet Triumph”) uses inflammatory rhetoric to label those who oppose …
By Robert Gardner, Mesquite
We should opt out of Common Core
I agree with Brian Greenspun’s Sunday column in which he makes the case that there is an immediate need for improvement in our schools, but a margin tax on business is not …
By Owen Nelson, Las Vegas
Question 3 would hurt business
I am a small-business owner. My family has lived in multiple states and decided in 2013 that we needed to look for a new home for a business. I spent weeks doing research. It came down to …
By Brian Lesser, Minden
Why are languages separated?
Indeed, the mix of languages being spoken across the country is changing, and …
By Dan Desiderio, Las Vegas
Think twice about wage argument
I get the impression the writer of “Beware of pricey burger flippers,” (Oct. 9) has never worked in a fast-food environment. If he had, he would know how …
By Robert McKee, North Las Vegas
Media questioning may help elections
In light of depressing developments both national and international, it would be productive if declared political candidates were subjected to intense, in-depth questioning by …
By Tom Hoover, Las Vegas
Look at Democrats’ track record
What do we have in the Oct. 14 letter to the editor,“What does the GOP have to offer?”? Another …
By John Severson, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • Worst night for Fearful Americans
    To judge from the news, we Americans are the most fearful people on Earth. We’ve come to be proud of how afraid we are, strapping on our guns and parading through the streets. We may also be the dumbest people on Earth.
  • The land grab out West
    Like a rerun of a bad Western, the battle over ownership of the United States’ public lands has revived many a tired and false caricature of those of us whose livelihoods and families are rooted in the open spaces of the West.
  • Police intervention replacing traditional discipline in schools
    Who among us has not inwardly been gleeful at having gotten away with something at school? Knowing the teacher didn’t like the subject of our theme but blowing her mind with how original it was. Pushing the line on a high school drama performance. Forcing the administration to back down on a policy of no student cars in the parking lot. Dying your hair a slightly forbidden color and getting away with it or flaunting a fake tattoo.
  • Arbitrary changes jeopardize patient health and access to care
    Nevada patients living with chronic and life-threatening conditions depend on access to affordable medications to help manage their diseases. Some Nevada insurers, however, risk disrupting that access to care and jeopardizing the health of patients by …
  • Election is about what women want
    omen are big this election season. No group is more courted. It’s great! The issues are important. Plus, we all enjoy the occasional pander. Candidates are reinterpreting their old arguments in a new, womancentric way.
  • The disgust election
    Justice Anthony Kennedy doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy I’d want to share a beer and a brat with, or be stuck next to on a long flight. But I would like for the most influential swing voter on the Supreme Court to step away from his legal aerie and wade through some of the muck that he and four fellow justices have given us with the 2014 campaign.
  • Nevada best state for college savings
    College is getting more expensive. Tuition plus room and board at a four-year institution cost more than $23,000, on average, in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That’s $10,000 a year more than the price tag in 1991-1992.
  • Remembering the Ben Bradlee I knew and creation of the Post’s Style section
    Ben Bradlee, who has died at the age of 93, did not so much edit The Washington Post as lead it.
  • The secrets behind 2014
    There’s a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What’s not being widely talked about is as important as …
  • Inspiration from a father
    Inspiration from a father
    In 2009, I spent an afternoon talking with Malala Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin, in an outdoor garden in Mingora, the capital of the Swat district of Pakistan, which had just been …
  • Once again, guns enter the debate
    There’s a TV ad that’s been running in Louisiana: It’s evening and a mom is tucking in her baby. Getting a nice text from dad, who’s away on a trip. Then suddenly …
  • Now’s time for U.S. to fix its education escalator
    The best escalator to opportunity in America is education. But a new study underscores that the escalator is broken. We expect each generation to do better, but, currently, more young American men have less education (29 percent) than …
  • Second-term slide for Obama mostly about us
    As President Barack Obama heads into the final half of his final term, many of us Americans wonder what happened to the fresh promise of that cheerfully charismatic optimist who dominated the political stage back in 2008.
  • Capitalism’s suffocating music
    Onstage before thousands of fans, Sam Smith sang “Stay With Me,” beseeching his partner in a one-night stand for a few minutes more, and I half wondered whether the two of them needed the extra time to finish bottles of Miller Lite, because a printed plug for the beer hovered over his head.
  • Will voters finally say ‘no’ to gridlock?
    As this midterm election campaign drags into its final week of distortion, deception and irrelevancy, this much seems certain: