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December 19, 2014

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When it’s about education, let’s not cut corners
It’s possible that Catherine Cortez Masto was the best candidate for the executive vice chancellor position filled by Chancellor Dan Klaich. Her credentials are not in dispute. But some regents are justifiably irked that they were not involved in the hiring process and a more extensive search was not undertaken.
Voters want to see GOP’s vision
Gov. Brian Sandoval rode a Republican surge in his re-election bid Tuesday, one that swept not only through Nevada but also throughout the nation.

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Pope embraces Christ’s ideals
Charlotte Allen’s column in the Nov. 23 issue of the Sun, “Is a liberal/conservative schism in the Catholic Church inevitable? Hardly,” underestimates Pope Francis’ valiant and publicly successful efforts to …
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By Mary Ann Morris, Henderson
Is al-Qaeda Claus coming to town?
President Barack Obama, through executive order, basically has told immigration enforcement to stand down. This is an invitation for …
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By David Baker, Las Vegas
Article contains inaccuracies
In the Dec. 4 edition of the Sun there was an article about a company that is marketing a shield for EM radiation that comes from smart devices (“Startup wants to save you from your cellphone”). This article contains lots of mistakes that are …
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By Walter Wegst, Las Vegas
Teach kids a different lesson
I found Mike Smith’s recent editorial cartoon depicting a mother telling her child to “watch out for the police” rather …
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By Michael Kreps, Las Vegas
Details are lost in racial outcry
Lost in the racial outcry over the decision to not indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of black petty criminal Eric Garner is the key fact that the attempt to arrest Garner was overseen by a black female police sergeant.
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By Marc Jeric, Las Vegas
Support inclusive conservation plan
The sage grouse was all over the headlines last week as the Western Governors Association and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met, in part, to discuss its fate.
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By John Cahill, Henderson
Put the run back in the Rebels
I was interested in your article a few days ago about the transfers from the UNLV basketball team.
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By Jim Veltri, Las Vegas
The dark reality for immigrants
Last summer, when Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama’s adviser, was in Las Vegas to promote immigration reform, I pointed out to her that Republicans don’t want immigration reform. Undocumented immigrants are expected to register as Democrats once they gain citizenship, so why should Republicans help them? I have since been convinced there is a far darker reason.
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By Cesar Lumba, Las Vegas
Consider other points of view
We all have a tendency to read about and listen to political opinions that agree with our own. It would be a very healthy thing if everyone read just one book that explains the political opinion opposite theirs.
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By Michael Nash, Las Vegas
Rethink public safety priorities
It is a commonly held belief that the death penalty is less expensive than life without the possibility of parole, but that’s just not true.
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  • Democrats against reform
    It’s easy to understand why Republicans wish health reform had never happened and are now hoping the Supreme Court will abandon its principles and …
  • When football gets the ax
    The most unpopular man in Birmingham, Ala., these days is Dr. Ray Watts, the president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Earlier this month, Watts announced …
  • The imitation of marriage
    In the past two weeks, my colleagues at The Times’ data-driven project, the Upshot, have offered two ways of looking at the most important cleavage in America — the divide, cultural and economic, between the …
  • Cop cams: A good tool, not a cure
    As the tragic chokehold case of Eric Garner illustrates, police body cameras are not the solution to all police brutality complaints. But they can bring a much-needed clarity to what we’re arguing about.
  • The cheerfulness of tax reform
    If America’s long-term economic growth were 3.5 percent, the result would be the restoration of cheerfulness. If long-term growth is closer to 2 percent, the result will be continuing social disappointment and political crankiness.
  • On anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy, Congress should act on gun laws
    Two years ago this week, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 children and six adults were killed in one of the deadliest school shootings in our nation’s history. I will never forget the horror of how those children died — shot at close range with a high-powered rifle, with each child hit as many as 11 times, as a shooter fired more than 150 rounds of ammunition within five minutes. The tragedy was magnified by the realization of what could have happened if the killer had more time — given the time and capacity, he would have killed hundreds of ...
  • Of taxes, pigs and Congress
    Great news! After a year of hapless floundering, Congress appears well on its way to passing a major tax bill that will be signed by President Barack Obama.
  • Hillary 2.0 would be Hillary XX
    November 2016 is still a long way off, but it’s hard to imagine that the presidential campaign will provide any bit of advertising as strangely entertaining and revealing as a video put online recently by Stand With Hillary, a new super PAC.
  • Talking past each other on race
    The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation we always have: not a dialogue, but entirely separate discussions in which participants reinforce each other in the views they had going in.
  • Evil is being answered with evil
    The “debate” over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the beginning — that what they did was obscenely wrong.
  • Our nation’s role in striving for goodwill toward all men
    I wanted to write a Christmastime column about good people doing good things in our community. People who are striving for peace on Earth and goodwill toward all men. And then the U.S. government released the findings of a significant investigation into the interrogation techniques employed by America in its war against terrorism.
  • About fish, weed and death: What constitutes cruel and unusual punishment?
    Should a fisherman face two decades in prison for discarding a few fish at sea? That question is at the core of a …
  • ‘The imperial Congress’
    President Barack Obama issued a veto threat recently against a corporate tax-cutting orgy that promised the world to many powerful interests but did little for the middle class and nothing for low-income Americans. The president’s move was …
  • It’s going to take radical change to prevent incidents that spur protests
    In this basically urban society, how is it possible to prevent the kind of incidents that have stirred the people’s passions and brought about massive protests, some of them violent? The answer is that it …
  • Another case for term limits
    n 2010, Plymouth, Conn., was awarded $430,000 for widening sidewalks and related matters near two schools. This money was a portion of the $612 million Congress authorized for five years of the federal Safe Routes to School program intended to …