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August 24, 2016

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Anti-Cortez Masto advertisement guilty of deceit
Political ads offer a terrific demonstration of persuasion tactics. And they can be quite sneaky and disingenuous if not downright dishonest. Newspapers try their best to …
GOP-voting Murren astutely gives Clinton public support
The safe approach would have been to stay quiet, cast a vote and let what happened at the polls stay at the polls. Jim Murren, to his credit, didn’t play it safe. Instead, he offered a strong and very public opinion about the 2016 presidential election …
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Exercise rights women fought for
America’s freedom fighters were publicly humiliated and beaten, unlawfully detained and tortured for over a century to gain the freedom of speech and the right to vote. And Aug. 18, we celebrated the …
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By Erin Bilbray, Las Vegas
GOP hinders the right to vote
Has the irony been lost on the GOP’s flag bearer? As Donald Trump complains about the election being rigged against him, Republicans in a number of states have …
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By Joe Van Rhyn, Las Vegas
For sake of nation’s prosperity, elect a Democrat
Lying Donald continually lies by omission and exaggeration. He is quick to point out numbers such as America’s trade deficit in only one category, never mentioning our very significant offsetting trade surpluses. Unlike the Clintons and every …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Trump doesn’t seem to want to be president
Is it possible Donald Trump never wanted to be president and was just as surprised he beat out 16 others as everyone else was? He opened with …
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By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
Trump may drop out of race
I can just picture Donald Trump’s devious smile. Would there be mass political chaos, celebrations or both? Trump is now sure he has no chance to win the general election against Clinton. And there is also no doubt that Trump intends to punish both America and the Republican Party for, as he sees it, politically “stabbing him in the back.”
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By Bradley Chapline, Las Vegas
Get Trump a dictionary
The Republican presidential nominee has claimed he can be the Secretary of Keeping All the Jobs in the U.S. He has a close friend who is building the eighth wonder of the world in Mexico. He never tells us who, what and how, only that he knows this great man. He is going to charge carriers 35 percent to bring products into the U.S. He has no idea …
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By Bob Hartman, Las Vegas
Gold Butte needs our protection
My father, George Potter, would have been 114 years old on July 27. He was a miner, a hunter and an explorer and had a great love …
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By Terri Robertson, Las Vegas
Trump only acts to help himself
In recent news, Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim American Capt. Humayun Khan, stated that Donald Trump “sacrificed nothing and no one.” In response, Trump stated that he sacrificed by creating “thousands” and “tens of thousands of jobs” — a theme similar to …
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By Tom Harper, Henderson
Workshops for those with disabilities can preserve dignity
Regarding the letter to the editor “Not all can have regular diploma” (Las Vegas Sun, Aug. 5): I admire the writer’s candor. Too often, opinions are set forth in print that lack depth in understanding the challenges …
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By Marjorie Waynert, Las Vegas
Report cases of animal abuse; you can do so anonymously
Hats off to Clark County Animal Control, Metro Police and especially the newly formed Metro Animal Cruelty …
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By Linda Faso, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • No longer red, Virginia isn’t for lovers of Trump
    Political arguments are rarely gentle or polite anymore, so it was a gift to see two Republicans who passionately disagree about what Donald Trump means for our nation hash out their differences with grace. Their exchange helps explain the mess Trump has …
  • Las Vegas area emerged from a brutal recession even stronger
    Las Vegas area emerged from a brutal recession even stronger
    I have seen the banking industry evolve in ways I never imagined possible. I have lived through multiple economic cycles, consolidations, failures, takeovers and countless changes in the regulatory environment. That said, the one thing …
  • Right turn sends Trump toward cliff as GOP braces itself
    Shaken by the fact that he’s behind, Donald Trump has fled into the parallel universe of the extreme right — and apparently plans to stay there for the remainder of the campaign. Let’s see if the …
  • Think McLaughlin didn’t reinvent political talk show genre? Wrong!
    Thirty-four years ago, a former Jesuit priest threw an incendiary device into the world of televised political talk shows. He was John McLaughlin, host of “The McLaughlin Group,” who …
  • In many ways, US athletes reflect our nation’s success
    The big question is: Is the greatness of America’s sports institutions reflective of the country’s strong institutions generally, or is it more like the Soviet Union’s sports greatness, a Potemkin show masking national rot? Well, if you step outside the pall of the angry campaign rhetoric, you see that America’s institutions are generally …
  • Religious voices add reason to public discourse, stave off the zealots
    This story is foreign to us in a number of ways, but it contains a timeless warning against seeking salvation at the hands of the state, and to beware the zealous advocate clamoring for an opportunity to purify the public square in search of…
  • On the climate crisis, it’s Trump vs. the world
    The Republican Party’s national leadership has long been a notable outlier in the global discussion and national debate on the climate crisis, climate science and the need for action. But it’s only now that we understand just how dangerously far out of step they and their new leader are on …
  • Emerging transportation technology will connect Southern Nevada
    Emerging transportation technology will connect Southern Nevada
    Great cities realize the importance of transportation in building a strong economy and thriving community. They collaborate on transportation infrastructure and technologies to enhance mobility for their residents and visitors. They plan for growth by making the necessary investments now so …
  • There’s no excuse for workers at VA failing to do their jobs
    Apparently, Department of Veterans Affairs officials haven’t learned much from the wait-time scandal that shook VA to its foundations and forced the resignation of former Secretary …
  • Confused about Trump’s rise? Book offers perspective
    When I caught up with J.D. Vance, he still sounded a bit bemused by the success of his colorfully titled book, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture …
  • After shakeup, prepare for a turned-up Trump
    If you thought the old Donald Trump campaign was wild and crazy, just wait for the new Trump campaign now that Breitbart’s Steve Bannon has taken over as …
  • Volunteering a great form of treatment
    I love volunteering. Over the years I’ve served Thanksgiving meals to the homeless, taught arts and crafts to children of California migrant farmworkers and visited patients in hospitals. These days I volunteer at Northern Nevada HOPES in Reno. It’s a large medical clinic dedicated to …
  • Clinton’s economic vision skews to the safe side
    It’s fantasy football time in political punditry, as commentators try to dismiss Hillary Clinton’s dominance in the polls — yes, Clinton Derangement Syndrome is alive and well — by insisting that she would be losing badly if only the GOP had nominated someone else. We will, of course …
  • Third World missions often leave US poor sadly ignored
    This summer, as last, Dylan Hernandez, 17, noticed a theme on the social media accounts of fellow students at his private Catholic high school in …
  • Most liberal generation believes nation’s best days are ahead
    Choose your truism. Millennials are the most diverse, tolerant, connected, educated and idealistic generation ever. Or the most narcissistic, lazy, entitled, coddled, distrustful and …