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August 23, 2014

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Destruction of chemical weapons shows U.S. may know what it’s doing
Aug. 22, 2014
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
Aug. 10, 2014
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 ...
Immigration woes point to bigger problems
Aug. 3, 2014
People are very passionate when it comes to border security, and unfortunately, that means a lot of misinformation takes on a life of its own in the echo chamber. We sort through the false arguments ...
How a fight in Congress could hurt Nevada’s roadways — and much more
July 27, 2014
Congress has to pass a plan in a hurry to make sure the Highway Trust Fund has money to continue operating. If it doesn’t, it would be an economic disaster ...
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.

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Big-league ambassadors
How refreshing to see some good news coming from the state of Nevada. Nevada is taking the Little League nation by storm. What a great …
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By Peter McMurran
Wars are all about the money
I agree with Vernos Branco’s letter to the Sun (“Thoughts on war, critics and pundits,” Aug. 18) stating that the U.S. shouldn’t be the world’s policeman. …
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By Jerry Gordon, Henderson
It’s no wonder police are on edge
Thank goodness our county sheriff has a cool head. He was aware of all the gun-nuts in the area, and coolness ruled. …
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By Bruce Karley, Las Vegas
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
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.
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
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