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October 24, 2014

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The Sun’s 2014 election endorsements
Oct. 22, 2014
The Sun offers its endorsements of candidates and makes recommendations on the ballot questions for this year’s election. All terms are four years unless otherwise noted.
Endorsements on the judges
Oct. 22, 2014
Voters this year have several judicial elections to consider. These can be difficult choices for voters because as a rule, the public doesn’t track judicial decisions and legal issues, so voters can be hard-pressed in knowing who the best judges are. Let us help you. Here are the Sun’s endorsements for District and Family Court races in Clark County.
Endorsements for state questions
Oct. 21, 2014
Nevada’s Supreme Court is one of the busiest in the nation, with justices facing a crippling caseload. As a result, justice is served slowly. There’s a reason for that: The state Supreme Court is Nevada’s only appellate court for cases coming from District Courts. There’s a simple solution ...
Endorsements for county races
Oct. 20, 2014
In the race for Clark County sheriff, the public would be well served whether retired Metro Police Capt. Larry Burns or Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo wins. They both bring significant qualities and experiences to the race, but, in our view, one candidate stands out.
Recommendations for top statewide races
Oct. 19, 2014
This is no time for a complacent electorate, one that figures that with a shoo-in governor and no presidential race to agitate the masses, this is an easy election to take a pass.
Despite layoffs, downtown Las Vegas has a bright future
Oct. 19, 2014
Recent news of layoffs at the Downtown Project sent ripples of uncertainty through the community, but sober analysis illustrates that the area, in spite of those layoffs, remains on the upswing. Downtown Las Vegas still has plenty going for it, and one bit of sad news doesn’t destroy several years of promising developments.
Our endorsements for state legislators
Oct. 18, 2014
This year’s election for state legislators should be a call to arms for voters to endorse lawmakers who will put Southern Nevada’s needs ahead of partisan politics. For too long, we have gotten the bum’s rush in Carson City, where our needs are given short shrift — even from our locally elected politicians.
Endorsements in education races
Oct. 17, 2014
Given that Nevada has long been below the national average on any number of measures of education — student achievement, proficiency, per-pupil spending, to name a few — this has to be a top priority for the state and the next Legislature.
Your vote is no less important for lack of top-ticket races
Oct. 12, 2014
Just because there are no presidential candidates on the ballot this year, and the race for governor is a one-man affair, doesn’t mean you have no reason to vote. If you care about how Congress, the state Legislature and law enforcement are run, or about taxes and education in Nevada, cast your vote.
Nevada students, teachers need our support
Sept. 28, 2014
Nevada’s chronic struggles to create a robust education system reflect not just an unwillingness to adequately fund our schools as a public policy priority, but also ...
How Tesla, UNLV supercomputer are reshaping Nevada
Sept. 21, 2014
Critics of the $1.3 billion tax abatement granted to Tesla Motors by the state may not be looking at the big picture ...
It’s time for an honest discussion about guns in America
Sept. 14, 2014
Hyperbole from advocates on both sides of the gun debate has made it almost impossible to sort through all the shouting and have a sober, adult debate about the role of guns in modern-day America.
UNLV stadium project deserves support, now and later
Sept. 7, 2014
An on-campus proposal stadium is on hold for UNLV. Why have so many been planned through the years but none built?
Unified kidnapping response needed
Sept. 5, 2014
The most horrifying aspect of the execution of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff is the utter inhumanity of it — a gruesome beheading captured on video for maximum exposure. Also chilling is the cold-blooded and brutal
A new flood of migration to US looms
Sept. 5, 2014
The swarm of immigrants who came across the border this year, including more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors, could wind up paling in comparison to an immigration crisis looming …

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Midterm elections to stun Democrats
With less than two weeks until the midterm elections, it’s not looking good for the home team — President Barack Obama and the Democrats. Why? The Islamic State is on the rise — strike one. Ebola is spreading — strike two. The stock market is tanking — strike three.
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By Carmine A. DiFazio, North Las Vegas
Cowards won’t show their faces
Well, they are at it again. How exciting it must have been for the brave Hamas warriors fighting while hiding behind the women and children of Gaza.
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By Bruce Karley, Las Vegas
Conservation is our water solution
We have been living with drought in the Southwest for years, so long that many of us are tuning it out.
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By Daniel R. Patterson, Boulder City
Ideology of the Dark Ages
I am responding to the Oct. 11 column “Incomplete caricature of Islam” by Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times.
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By Bill Fennell, Las Vegas
Oncologists against margin tax
On behalf of the Nevada Oncology Society, I want to express my concern with the statewide Ballot Question 3, referred to as “The Margin Tax Initiative” or “The Education Initiative.” Nevada Oncology Society is a nonprofit organization representing medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and other oncology specialists who provide cancer care in Nevada.
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By Hamidreza Sanatinia, Rockville, Md.
Media can best protect reporters
In response to Caroline Little’s Other Voices of Oct. 10 (“It’s time to protect journalists who risk their lives to report the news”), the media themselves have the means by which to best protect journalists operating in war zones.
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By Graham H. Tye, North Las Vegas
Who will Cegavske represent?
I viewed with interest the article on the secretary of state race in the Oct. 12 issue of the Sun. One important overlooked fact is that candidate Barbara Cegavske serves on the board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is state chair for that organization.
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By Gil Eisner, Las Vegas
Memorial walls for exposed employees
After coming home tonight from a local casino with the stench of nicotine clinging to me, I have come up with an idea for casinos that refuse to change to a nonsmoking environment for the safety of their patrons and, more importantly, their employees.
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By Sandra Hanson, Las Vegas