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July 24, 2014

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Radical right’s ‘patriot’ movement is really just anarchy
July 20, 2014
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
July 6, 2014
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 ...
An extraordinary moment
July 4, 2014
Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, our attention naturally turns to this nation’s successful Revolutionary War to throw off the chains of a tyrannical regime. It is a day fittingly marked by patriotic parades and, in the evening, punctuated by fireworks. It is a day also marked by a celebration of one of the world’s most remarkable documents — the Declaration of Independence.
Hemenway Harbor in Lake Mead National Recreation Area seen from Boulder City on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
How dry we are: Nevada desperate for a drink
June 29, 2014
A 14-year drought continues to drain Lake Mead. Elected officials can’t be allowed to ignore the issue.
Raising the alarm on mass shootings
June 22, 2014
Is gun control the answer? What can the nation do to limit them?
Why the minimum wage should concern you
June 15, 2014
A class-action lawsuit filed this year alleges that Nevada businesses and government officials undercut the state’s voter-approved minimum wage law. It is being joined by several lawsuits targeting specific companies. If the allegations are proven ...
There’s no good excuse for American citizens not to vote
June 8, 2014
There are all kinds of reasons why voter turnout for primary elections in Clark County is dismal. None is acceptable.
Pause to honor sacrifices of soldiers who died in service of our country
May 26, 2014
Today is Memorial Day, which to many Americans has become little more than a three-day weekend — the official start of the summer vacation season. The holiday’s founding, though, has its roots in ...
Endorsements for county commission primaries
May 25, 2014
John Bonaventura was elected as Las Vegas constable in 2010, and since then, the office has been entangled in a series of controversies, including claims of sexual harassment and a turf war with other constable offices.
Together, schools and parents can beat back bullying
May 4, 2014
A lawsuit against the School District may focus more attention on this troubling issue.
Bundy is no victor
April 20, 2014
In the aftermath of the standoff in Bunkerville between the Bureau of Land Management and rancher Cliven Bundy, Bundy and his supporters declared victory.
Mulroy’s water expertise won’t go down the drain
April 20, 2014
A rock star in the world of water policy has come out of retirement to focus on what the nation will need to react to climate change in the coming generations ...
Championing transparency
April 13, 2014
Secretary of State Ross Miller has found himself oddly under fire for aggressively upholding campaign disclosure laws, odd because some of his critics are self-professed champions of government transparency.
Court deals a blow to free speech
April 6, 2014
Many conservatives cheered the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this past week that struck down part of a campaign finance law, claiming it was a “victory” for free speech.
You want a better Nevada? It starts with our schools
You want a better Nevada? It starts with our schools
April 6, 2014
Innovation. Money. A strong beginning. Smaller class sizes. Accountability. These are the areas where we need to focus if we're ever going to pull Nevada up from the bottom of nearly every educational ranking in the country.

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Immigrants must be sent home
If a citizen breaks the law and no law enforcement action is taken, what message does that send to everyone else? This is exactly what’s happening with our immigration laws in America. That’s why my deputies encounter many immigrants in the country illegally who admit to being deported as many as 15 times. The laws apply to American citizens, but if you’re in the country illegally, it appears the laws do not apply and there are few, if any, real consequences.
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By Paul Babeu, Florence, Ariz.
Congress acts as a check on president
The writer of the Saturday letter “John Boehner should be fired” doesn’t seem to understand the duty of Congress.
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By Don C. Whitaker, Henderson
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