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July 23, 2014

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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.
It’s time for state colleges to get some control
Community colleges should be innovating grass-roots programs to help their regions, but centralized governance can stifle that. In Nevada, it seems like that's exactly what's happening ...

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Letters to the Editor

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Desalination can be a water solution
Here is an idea for getting more water for Nevada: Pump seawater from the California coast and desalinate it here before distributing it as fresh water.
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By Roger Witcher, Las Vegas
America’s energy independence
The criticism President Barack Obama is facing over the Ukraine situation is misplaced. Truth be told, at this point there isn’t much he can do.
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By Michael K. Casler, Las Vegas
Breaking up with a Limbaugh fan
Thank you for running the July 15 letter about shaming radio networks that air Rush Limbaugh.
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By Alice Ageloff, Henderson
Changes to gun laws are needed
We just witnessed another senseless mass shooting that took the lives of four children, two adults and injured a child.
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By Thomas Brennan, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Lawyers certainly aren’t asleep
It appears America has too many attorneys. Every time you open a newspaper, visit the Internet or turn on the TV, someone is suing someone for who knows what.
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Offering thanks, and perspective
I have a blister on my finger. My wife had breast cancer. Two police officers and a civilian were murdered by psychopaths doing nothing wrong.
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By John Perkins, Las Vegas
Washington won’t listen to us
I love my country, but fear it’s being destroyed. Just over the horizon you can hear the rumbling of discontent.
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By Walter E. Gunther, Las Vegas
Investors shouldn’t get free water
Did the Southern Nevada Water District read the story in the July 8 Sun about an alfalfa business in Utah (“From exporters to owners: Thanks to more favorable growing conditions here, China’s hungry cattle feasting on alfalfa grown on Utah farm”)? Chinese investors are buying up farms to send alfalfa to their country.
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By Joan Martin, Las Vegas
John Boehner should be fired
Freedom of speech in our country has brought many downright rude and disrespectful people into the public light.
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By Sandy Price, Las Vegas
Until debt do us part
I found the article in Monday’s Sun, “Many over 50 are still saddled with student loans,” very sad personally.
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By Robert Stanelle, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Mexicans, gringos, dumb guys and politics
    Hey, you know what Dems stands for? Dummies endorsed by minorities. Funny, right? No. Just like it’s not funny to say GOP should stand for “gringos y otros pendejos,” which is what state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, said at the recent Texas Democratic Party convention in Dallas.
  • To fight trucker fatigue on our roads, focus on economics, not electronics
    Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers.
  • With invective directed at refugees, where is Lady Liberty?
    The English language changes. I have no beef with that, generally. But I do have a problem with how the term “haters” has been mangled beyond recognition.
  • $300,000 drug won’t be the last
    Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug. Developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it is the first drug that attacks not just the symptoms but the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that usually kills victims by the time they reach their 40s.
  • Actually understand climate change
    The column by Frances Beinecke (“Despite misinformation effort, U.S. is targeting climate change,” July 11) recites all the tired myths and cliches of the global warming movement but offers not one iota of evidence. One would have hoped the leader of an organization with an annual budget of more than $100 million would be better informed about an issue as important as climate change.
  • Will Flight 17 sober us up?
    Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.
  • Peace may never be at hand
    Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon — perhaps not in our lifetimes.
  • Obamacare fails to fail
    How many Americans know how health reform is going? For that matter, how many people in the news media are following the positive developments?
  • You can’t escape the Kochs
    You can’t escape the Koch brothers. They’re everywhere. Underwriting efforts to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Trying to get rid of aid to education, the Environmental Protection Agency and minimum-wage laws. They’re the brunt of late-night monologues, dramatic TV series and comedy film. They’re even supporting Iowa candidates.
  • Helping big companies compete
    Last week, Standard & Poor’s issued a short report about Boeing. “Boeing Co. Faces Long-Term Credit Risks If The U.S. Export-Import Bank Isn’t Reauthorized,” read the alarming heading.
  • Palestinian government must break with Hamas
    Now is the time for President Barack Obama to make that inconvenient call to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and finally deliver the news to him that the United States can no longer support a Palestinian government that includes ministers affiliated with Hamas, the terrorist group now firing hundreds of Iranian missiles at Israel’s major population centers. As one astute Israeli journalist remarked to me last week from a bomb shelter in Jerusalem, this fantasy idea that Abbas sold to the State Department and White House is absolutely dead, even though it has not yet officially been buried.
  • The Second Amendment’s intention
    As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment.
  • Where’s the oval avatar?
    The White House likes to use a phrase of tingling adventure to describe the president’s recent penchant for wandering the country talking to people: “The bear is loose.”
  • Agree to disagree like sane people
    Have you ever wondered what makes other people hold the ridiculous political opinions they do?
  • Think twice before that tweet
    In 2010, Dan Gilbert excoriated basketball player LeBron James decision to sign with the Miami Heat, calling it “cowardly,” “narcissistic,” and a “shameful display of selfishness and betrayal.” Gilbert was not merely an aggrieved fan, however. He was the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team James was leaving.