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February 14, 2016

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Time for Sandoval to put solar energy on his can-do agenda
When our governor takes an issue seriously, he gets results. So why has he been silent about an energy source that is a perfect fit for Nevada?
Let’s act responsibly when the caucuses come to town
When it’s time to gather and discuss their preferences on presidential hopefuls, Nevadans would be best served to engage in civil discourse about issues important to them, rather than relying on mean-spirited and counterproductive rhetoric as too many candidates do.

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PUC shouldn’t be an elected body
In the Jan. 26 letter to the Sun, “PUC goes against residents’ wishes,” the author suggests it would be a good idea to replace the three Public Utilities Commission members with elected officials. There are several reasons this is a poor idea.
By Michael Henderson, Las Vegas
Choose Clinton, not a revolution
Let’s not have a political revolution. We had one. Chicago, the ’60s, the Vietnam War, hippies, Gene McCarthy. The revolution did not work then, and it’s pie in the sky now.
By Denise Kugler, Las Vegas
Heroin scourge is scarier than ISIS
Recently, “60 Minutes” had a 10-minute segment on heroin addiction and deaths in Ohio. It claimed more people die from heroin addiction each year than from car accidents. It is way more serious than the ISIS scare in America, which has killed a fraction of what drugs have killed.
By James Behrendt, Henderson
All cars should be self-driving here
I write to you on a very sad day. Someone in a stolen vehicle, eluding police, driving down Rainbow Boulevard at a reported speed of 100 mph, T-boned an innocent driver at Spring Mountain Road, killing her.
By David Wisar, Las Vegas
Bad taxi experience reflects poorly on Las Vegas
My wife and I came with another couple to visit your wonderful city for a fun weekend. We arrived at the airport and hopped into a taxi to take us to the Palms.
By Scott Schulman, Chico, Calif.
Split-second decisions often are life-or-death
The residents of Nevada must know that our police officers frequently have to make split-second decisions. I distinctly remember when I made a split-second decision as a substitute teacher in a classroom years ago in Compton, Calif. That decision saved my life.
By Thresra Tish Pierce, Las Vegas
Refugees’ plight resonates here at home
Bill Silverstein’s donation of the flag that flew on Exodus in 1947 to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington reminded me of the plight of my people, who were in the same position as the Syrian refugees today.
By Sandra Miner, Las Vegas
Trump, not Cruz, is anti-Semitic
To me, the term “New York values” as used by Ted Cruz refers to a liberal, center to far-left view on social and political issues and is associated with the Democratic Party and not necessarily anti-Semitic. If you are looking for anti-Semitic rhetoric coming out of Republican candidates, look at Donald Trump’s address to the …
By Fern Netzky, Henderson
Bundys need to change tactics
It was horrendous to watch the video of a deadly end game played out in the snowy, high country roads of Eastern Oregon. Robert Finicum lay dead, mortally wounded by …
By Peter McMurran, Henderson
GOP race’s drama has yet to unfold
Regarding the column “The GOP rebellion could change the face of politics” (Las Vegas Sun, Jan. 22):
By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Clinton will protect nation’s landmark health care reform
    For generations, America had a not-so-secret shame: Despite living in the wealthiest nation on Earth, some 45 million of our people had no health insurance. Lots of hard work went into changing that and led to President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act in 2010. The ACA is by no means a perfect law, but it expanded insurance to tens of millions of people, put women’s health on equal footing with men’s and ensured no one would be denied coverage because they were already sick, to name just a few benefits.
  • To find the right candidate, skip 1-word descriptors
    To find the right candidate, skip 1-word descriptors
    My husband, Brian, has let me take over his column this week, either as his Valentine’s gift to me or because he knows I need to vent. I think venting is a good thing — in a proper environment …
  • Flint’s lead woes far from isolated
    We have been rightfully outraged by the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Mich. — an outrage that one health expert called “state-sponsored child abuse.”
  • Kids these days! They dare bring race into halftime spotlight
    I want to thank Rudy Giuliani. As supremely unenlightened as I may be about pop culture, hearing the former New York mayor’s cranky critique of Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show makes me feel almost hip.
  • Here’s what we hate most — such as Shkreli
    When it comes to bringing us all together, I don’t think anybody is more skilled than Martin Shkreli.
  • Well-mannered president’s departure leaves palpable void
    As this primary season has gone along, a strange sensation has come over me: I miss Barack Obama. Now, obviously I disagree with a lot of Obama’s policy decisions. I’ve been disappointed by aspects of his presidency. I hope the next presidency is a philosophic departure.
  • Robo-Rubio’s programming is corrupted
    It’s time for establishment Republicans to face the truth about Marco Rubio: Once you get past the facade, there appears to be no there there.
  • Ghosts of 2 parties’ pasts haunt nomination battles
    In a North Country snowstorm, when the winds howl down from the notches, the people of New Hampshire know how to communicate. They don’t whisper. They shout. And the shout that roared down from the hills to the cities, the seacoast and the anxious nation beyond the state’s natural boundaries had an unmistakable message: Outsiders rule, or at least should rule.
  • Sanders is palatable, but is he electable?
    When Bernie Sanders won election as mayor of Burlington, Vt., in 1981, I called his office to see if there was a story there about a socialist elected official. I was interning at The Washington Post (I didn’t mention the intern part!) and spoke at length to some assistant who answered the phone in the mayor’s office.
  • Groundhog Day isn’t over for mistake-repeating GOP
    By now everyone who follows politics knows about Marco Rubio’s software-glitch performance in the most recent Republican debate. (I’d say broken-record performance, but that would be showing my age.) Not only did he respond to a challenge from Chris Christie about his lack of achievements by repeating, verbatim, the same line from his stump speech he had used a moment earlier; when Christie mocked his canned delivery, he repeated the same line yet again.
  • Court’s wisdom won’t just affect teeth-whitening
    It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing so. In coming days, the Supreme Court, by deciding to hear a case from Connecticut, can begin limiting a contemptible government abuse that the court’s passive deference to legislatures has encouraged.
  • Christie muscles much-needed reality into Rubio fairy tale
    There was a time when Republican governors were not all that different from Democratic governors.
  • Rubio is opportunism’s yes-man
    Here we are, in the Marco Rubio Moment. The Republican establishment is thrilled: A moderate-sounding Gen X senator from a swing state! And one so good at spin he managed to give a victory speech in Iowa after he came in third. No wonder all the other candidates are jealous.
  • Scorched-earth policy might burn Republican candidates
    Heading into New Hampshire, the race for the nomination of the once-genteel Republican Party seems to have entered a kind of Mad Max phase.
  • Kind nurse proves gems exist even in the busy state mental health world
    Years ago I wrote a story for the Los Angeles Times about a nurse I had met at Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services. It’s a free government clinic and I felt like a total loser. I had bipolar disorder. I was afraid, desperate, embarrassed and broke.