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September 19, 2014

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It’s time for an honest discussion about guns in America
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
An on-campus proposal stadium is on hold for UNLV. Why have so many been planned through the years but none built?

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Hurdles in trying to be a good parent
A lot of parents in Clark County are called “deadbeat parents” — a majority of them being fathers.
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By Shawn A. Evans Sr., Las Vegas
Clinton’s role in Benghazi incident
Mitchell Zuckoff, after consulting with six members of a U.S. security team, has written a book about Benghazi, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
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By Dana L. Stern Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
Mailbox siting issues in Las Vegas
As you drive in Las Vegas, there are hundreds of mailboxes.
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By Mike Webster, Las Vegas
Specifics needed in health care debate
I admit it: I haven’t read the Affordable Care Act, but I do read the critiques of Obamacare and the desire of some to repeal it.
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
UNLV needs new football stadium
What are the stadium people thinking? UNLV needs a new football stadium, built to NFL specs, and it should be on campus.
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By Nicholas P. Gartner, Henderson
The reality of smoking at casinos
“Will Nevada ever see smoke-free casinos?” was a published article that I am sure concerns the majority of our local residents.
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Nevada schools left shortchanged
I find it interesting that the governor, who often claims education is his No. 1 priority, and the Legislature can quickly and easily vote $1.2 billion in tax breaks to attract new industry to this state but continue to shortchange our Las Vegas school system.
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By John Brebbia, Henderson
Blame tax system, not Burger King
Regarding the article about Burger King purchasing a Canadian company named HM Horton.
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By Sylvia Engel, Henderson
Encourage healthy school lunches
With the new school year, attention is turning to school lunches.
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By Lester Valez, Las Vegas
Statue sullies Johnny Unitas
The indefinite suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice by the NFL is appropriate punishment for Rice’s despicable and dastardly act of hitting his girlfriend and knocking her unconscious. The NFL in July suspended Rice for two games and recently upgraded the suspension to indefinite.
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By Subhas Dhodapkar, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Congress absent on Islamic State
    Although President Barack Obama made a convincing case for military intervention against the Islamic State last week, there’s something else that should occur before the United States again pursues a strategy of war: It’s time for Congress to have an up-or-down vote on authorizing the use of force. Sadly, that doesn’t appear likely.
  • Why some parents love the whip too much
    Retired NBA star Charles Barkley has exposed a hazardous culture clash in the Texas indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for child abuse.
  • Trying to ‘secure’ a border is futile
    Can borders stop immigrants? The particular border I have in mind looks like an obstacle course for mythical giants. To pass it, you would have to cross a 12-foot-wide ditch, climb a wall topped with blades, then scale three metal fences, two of them 20 feet high. You would need to elude surveillance cameras and motion-activated alarms, in addition to a multitude of well-equipped guards.
  • What if this doesn’t work?
    President Barack Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.
  • Obama the reluctant leader
    Moses, famously, tried to get out of it. When God called on him to lead the Israelites, Moses threw up a flurry of reasons he was the wrong man for the job: I’m a nobody; I don’t speak well; I’m not brave.
  • Farewell to the iPod
    Quietly, even stealthily, Apple last week brought about that moment that many of its most loyal followers dreaded would happen: it killed off the iPod.
  • Europe needs to provide for its own defense
    In response to the Russian threat, Western leaders at the recent NATO summit reiterated their commitment to defending alliance members in the Baltics and Eastern Europe from aggression. This reaffirmation of NATO’s core promise is essential in the short term. But it requires fundamental reconsideration during the next decade. In the long run, it should be up to Europeans to ensure the integrity of their eastern frontier without a legal guarantee of U.S. assistance.
  • Obama’s strategy for fighting Islamic State isn’t all about us
    There are three things in life that you should never do ambivalently: get married, buy a house or go to war. Alas, we’re about to do No. 3. Should we?
  • NFL stands by its leader
    In 2006, the year Roger Goodell was named commissioner of the NFL, the Washington Redskins were the most valuable team in football, according to Forbes magazine, with a valuation of $1.4 billion. Washington’s revenue that year was $303 million, with profits of more than $108 million. In second place came the New England Patriots, valued by Forbes at $1.18 billion, followed by the Dallas Cowboys at $1.17 billion.
  • President and Congress share onus of confronting Islamic State
    For most of the summer, Republicans had it easy when it came to the Islamic State. All they had to do was complain that President Barack Obama wasn’t tough enough, accuse him of lacking strategic vision and demand he do more.
  • Critique from an Obama fan
    I’m probably one of the few Americans left with some sympathy for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, and even I have to admit his Syria policy has been a mess.
  • American horror story
    Like the smattering of other Americans who still pay close attention to the wearying spectacle of our country’s politics, I worry about what will happen on Nov. 4, the day of the midterm elections.
  • Big business should thank Obama
    It was widely noticed two weeks ago that the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, the most important stock market indicator, had hit a milestone by crossing 2,000 for the first time.
  • How we’ll cultivate leaders in education
    When we see schools that ensure every child in the building, regardless of race or socioeconomic background, has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, we see great school leadership present.
  • I hope Rice never plays in NFL again
    There are few scenes more disturbing than seeing a man viciously strike a woman.