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August 22, 2014

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Destruction of chemical weapons shows U.S. may know what it’s doing
Disparate, simultaneous crises around the world have put the Obama administration’s foreign policy on trial in recent weeks. The forward march of Islamic State insurgents in Iraq has led to …
Crowding, bad school buildings hurt student achievement
Communities either make education a priority or they don't. In Nevada, we don't. And while that may be gratifying to some taxpayers in the short term, it's a long-term loss for the county and the state. Here's why ...

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Letters to the Editor

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Don’t miss more opportunities
Threats against the United States must be taken seriously these days. …
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By Dana Stern Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
Fracking concerns go unanswered
In January, my wife and I purchased a home in Gillman Springs, smack in the middle of Nevada. We fell in love with the people and scenery that …
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By Steve Fisher, Gillman Springs
Take a look at the flat tax
The national debt is still going up. The nation’s jobless are still looking for work. Illegal immigration seems to be out of control. …
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
Point about Obama misses mark
I was watching “WYP?” (“What’s Your Point?”) and became angry at the disingenuous remarks made by Amy Tarkanian over Syria, Ukraine and Iraq. She and many other conservatives …
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By Vernos Branco, Las Vegas
Sheltering the valley’s pets
hank you so much for your wonderful article on the Lied Foundation (“The No-Kill Dilemma,” Aug. 10). I have lived here for 51 years and sadly have seen so many people come and go and leave animals behind. I know all the sadness and tragedies of the years and can say I’m happy things have changed.
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By Valerie Goldstein, Las Vegas
Let’s take care of Wranglers first
Like John Tominsky, I, too, am depressed since the Orleans dropped our Las Vegas Wranglers hockey.
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By Arlene Robertson, Las Vegas
Due process is price of justice
Regardless of one’s views toward the criminal justice system and the death penalty, nobody wants to see an innocent person incarcerated or executed. Yet, in his Aug. 8 letter, “We need to keep the death penalty,” reader Tim Hicks bemoans the fact that executions are often postponed for many years during what he describes as “appeal after senseless appeal.”
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By Steve Danning, Las Vegas
Perry sent guard as political stunt
Bob Jack wrote a letter congratulating Gov. Rick Perry of Texas for sending Texas National Guard troops to the U.S. border (“Perry makes right move along border,” July 31). Perry’s order was a political stunt to make himself look like a viable presidential candidate.
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By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Talk about real grinders
A story in the entertainment/food and drink section of the Aug. 12 Sun said, “Grinders brings taste of Philly” to submarine sandwiches (hoagie, gondola, po boy, hero). This is like linking big band music, jazz and swing — showing no understanding of artistry or nuances.
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By Richard Law, Las Vegas
Thoughts on war, critics and pundits
The American people are war-weary after 11 years in Iraq and 13 years in Afghanistan, yet we have congressional members and pundits calling for more combat troops to be inserted into Iraq to engage ISIS.
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Vernos Branco, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Epidemics and the global village
    Human activities have given diseases more range
    The agitating Ebola emergency has captured headlines. There are some who undoubtedly assume this kind of epidemic is unusual. However …
  • The man who blew the whistle
    Late last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an oblique news release announcing it was awarding an unnamed whistle-blower $400,000 for helping expose a financial fraud at …
  • A message to the people of Ferguson
    A message to the people of Ferguson
    Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the nation and the world have witnessed the unrest that has gripped Ferguson, Mo. At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for …
  • Redistricting should be mapped by math wonks, not politicians
    Can we agree it’s a bad idea to allow politicians to draw the boundary lines on voting districts? Look where it has gotten us. …
  • Lake Mead levels not just Vegas’ problem
    A week does not go by without some national or international news outlet heralding the impending demise of Southern Nevada as a result of the relentless drought that has plagued the Colorado River system for well over a decade. The belief appears to be that the only location at risk as a result of this drought is Southern Nevada. There seems to be little, if any, understanding of the dominoes that begin to fall if crucial reservoir elevations are reached in Lake Mead.
  • Doctors, police worry that medical marijuana will hurt ‘business’ — and that’s not surprising
    It’s not surprising that both the Florida Sheriff’s Association and the Florida Medical Association oppose legalizing medicinal marijuana. Expanding public access to legal marijuana is bad for business.
  • Where is the GOP heir apparent?
    For more than two generations, the Republican presidential nominating process has had an immutable internal logic to it: The next guy in line gets the nomination. But just as the Republican Party is going through one of its periodic struggles for identity — earlier such battles were fought in 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1980 and 1992 — the party finds itself without a “next guy.”
  • Move over, Flipper; here comes Jumbo
    Surely you remember the dolphin era of the late 20th century. Smart, lovable and (generally) friendly, dolphins reveled in their status of Man’s Second Best Friend. Hear me out: Elephants are the new dolphins. They’ve been to war; they “talk.” Can a popular TV series be far behind?
  • Our selective outrage
    The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Barack Obama. The same should be true — but tragically is not — of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.
  • Are Americans superficial for mourning the deaths of celebrities?
    The deaths last week of comedian-actor Robin Williams and actress Lauren Bacall unleashed an outpouring of grief across the country. The shocking circumstances of Williams’ death — suicide by hanging — sent his fans reeling. Americans often react this way when a beloved actor or entertainer dies. But are we mourning the wrong people at the wrong time?
  • Finding your comfort food
    “What,” people ask me, “do you cook when you’re not working?” The answer is pretty consistent: “pasta and fish and a vegetable, or pasta and salad and a vegetable, or salad and fish and a vegetable, or pasta and salad and fish and a vegetable.” There are exceptions, of course, but there’s a comfort level here and it’s been this way for a long time, through different kitchens and domestic arrangements.
  • Paying for the 2003 invasion
    As President Barack Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, it’s useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
  • How to lose Facebook friends fast
    Shortly after Israel invaded the Gaza Strip in 2009, a close Muslim friend I’d known since elementary school suddenly disappeared from my Facebook feed. She’d been excoriating Israel in her posts, and I’d said nothing. Then I posted a statistic showing the number of Hamas-fired missiles landing in southern Israel, where my husband has family. That same day, I noticed my friend had written “OMG!!” under my post. And then she was gone.
  • Obama’s FDA needs to get tough on e-cigarettes
    The Food and Drug Administration’s weak rules on electronic cigarettes came under a new round of criticism recently when 29 state attorneys general wrote the agency to say its current proposal to regulate them “fails to address matters of particular concern.”
  • Officials must follow exact wording of law
    The Affordable Care Act gives the president’s Cabinet officers sweeping powers to implement the law, but the administration managed to overreach these powers by allowing people in 36 states to illegally access health insurance subsidies.