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January 30, 2015

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Resolve is needed in war of ideas; right to self-expression must prevail
A few weeks removed from the terrorist attacks in Paris, we are still struck by the tragedy and how the world has responded. There is a clear division between those who support the basic human right of freedom of expression and those who don’t.
Governing for the good of Nevada
After Gov. Brian Sandoval’s State of the State speech Thursday, some people said he sounded like a moderate Republican, others said he sounded like a conservative Democrat.

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Enforce penalties for gun offenses
We don’t need new gun laws. What we need is the courts to …
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By John Walsh, Las Vegas
Higher gas tax not needed for roads
There is no tax or increase in taxes that politicians and lobbyists don’t love. The fact that an increase in the gasoline tax is not needed to fund roads and bridges seems to …
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By Michael Donnelly, Las Vegas
Work to avoid sage grouse listing
There is a tendency among us here in Nevada to put our heads in the sand when we think about the many public-lands issues we face, but …
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By Jim Boone, Las Vegas
A GOP Congress and the market
There is a well-known phrase in Latin, “post hoc, ergo propter hoc,” translated as “after this, therefore because of this.” Although this …
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
The myth of compromise
Until now, the Obama administration was largely portrayed in the media as willing to compromise and the GOP …
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By Michael Casler, Las Vegas
The marriage problem
In regard to the Frank Bruni column “Your God and my dignity,” I have listened to and read rantings about marriage more times than I can identify. I think the whole problem is …
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By Valerie Goldstein, Las Vegas
Here’s why God would be Democrat
Private charity is great but lacks efficiency and the ability to cover large groups of people and is too arbitrary to do the job. In other words …
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By Daniel Olivier, Bullhead City, Ariz.
End of crime bad for economy?
What if there were no more need for police, lawyers, judges, prison guards, probation officers …
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By Stephen Anthony, Las Vegas
Voter ID controversy has easy solution
When I registered to vote, not only did I have to produce documentation proving I was a citizen of the U.S., but I was subject to …
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
Give consumers a break at the pumps
The price of gas is down and now the feds want to raise the interest rates and the gas tax. Can us common folks…
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By John Walsh, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • France needs a better ‘melting pot’
    Mounting frustration with the lukewarm temperature of their melting pots led British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then-President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to agree in 2011 that “state multiculturalism,” as they knew it, was …
  • Mitt’s third run would be no charm
    Mitt Romney might understandably think a third try would have a happy ending in a successful presidency. First, however, he must …
  • How unions could help Republicans on wages
    If Republicans are serious about fighting stagnant wages but don’t want to expand government or tax the rich, here’s an idea: Why not …
  • How did Islam come to this?
    It is time for the debate on recent events to move from the relatively familiar ground of questions about freedom of speech and the importance of satire to thornier and …
  • Technology’s role in the violence against journalists
    The murderous attack on the office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris can be seen in the context of modern French society: its challenges …
  • How speech rights went wrong in France
    Unlike leaders in the United States, French leaders seldom talk about how much their fellow French increasingly …
  • Will taxing the rich save the middle class?
    Middle-class incomes have been stagnating since the 1970s, and it’s a problem that economists and observers on the left have been …
  • What change sounds like
    Since the economic recovery is now so strong that the GOP can no longer complain that President Barack Obama failed to bring the economy back to health, Republicans need to …
  • We back free expression in Paris but not in U.S.?
    Like all civilized world citizens, I was outraged by the brutal killings this month in France. Those who first died were the cartoonists and editors of Charlie Hebdo. They were slain in retaliation for their creative satire of the Prophet Mohammed by extreme Islamists who felt the need and the right to impose their own judgment on these talented writers and illustrators. The world was outraged. Why?
  • GOP stays stubborn on climate change
    We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Barack Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.
  • Public education for a new Nevada
    With an economy based largely on casinos and construction, the old Nevada had less need of an educated population than most other states. A worker with a high school degree could make good money building homes, serving drinks or parking cars, at least while they were still young and healthy. Many students who wanted a good college education left the state, and the state could afford to be a tax haven for shell corporations, millionaires and retirees.
  • Democrats place priority on schools
    Bipartisan agreement is often hard to achieve. But Republicans and Democrats across Nevada agree that our state’s education system is broken. For too long, we’ve approached funding education as if we were stuck in the 1950s rather than addressing the current needs of our students and preparing for Nevada’s future. Indeed, as Gov. Brian Sandoval noted in his state of the state speech, many of our educational policies and the way we fund them are based in the last century. The results have been ugly: Our classrooms are overcrowded, our teachers lack the resources necessary to educate our students and ...
  • What happens as political prodigies age?
    What happens to young prodigies in early adult years, middle age and Medicare days? Here’s the story of one political …
  • Mitt Romney is the only one who thinks he’s Reagan
    Mitt Romney is the only one who thinks he’s Reagan
    Mitt Romney’s third campaign for the White House got off to a good start ... for about three days. The backlash last week came not just from core conservatives, who have never been enthusiastic about the ideological chameleon, but also from …
  • After vote and veto, Keystone XL pipeline could make a comeback
    The U.S. Senate launched its first great debate of 2015 last week, on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries of Texas. Predictably, the rhetoric …