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September 28, 2016

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The numbers add up: Nevada needs to close gun loophole
In addition to choosing a president, members of Congress, legislators and other leaders this fall, Nevada voters will be asked to decide a ballot question related to gun safety. Look at some key numbers behind the measure …
Heck blindly goes all-in with a joker of a presidential candidate
If there was any doubt that Rep. Joe Heck shouldn’t be elected to the Senate this fall, he erased it recently with his answers to three questions about Donald Trump posed by ...

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Cortez Masto rightly speaks out against stadium ripoff
Kudos to Catherine Cortez Masto for her position on new stadiums for Las Vegas. It’s about time someone had the courage to tell it like it is and put things in perspective. The “big-money boys” are out to make a large profit off the backs of the “little guy” …
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By Frank Sutherland, Las Vegas
Pedestrians can’t seem to get out of the way
I think the vast majority of motorists, if they know the law, get that pedestrians have the right of way, even if they come darting out between parked cars in a shopping center with three kids and a full shopping cart as if …
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By Marte Jones, Las Vegas
Distribute Sun separately again
The Sept. 18 Las Vegas Review-Journal column by Wayne Allyn Root is too much. He called President Barack Obama “the worst ever.” We found this to be slanderous, false and punitive. We cannot, in good conscience, contribute another penny to the promotion of such nonsense and are …
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By Herman and Patricia van Betten, Blue Diamond
Don’t vote for Hardy or Heck
Both voted in lockstep with the party, with no interest in compromising on any issue. Their elections would mean more of the same in Washington and absolutely nothing getting done. The “Party of No” cannot be allowed to …
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By Terri Frame, Las Vegas
Trust in Trump is misplaced
For the past few elections the majority of you constantly sang the praises of President Ronald Reagan. Now you cheer for a man who would make Reagan roll over in his crypt. …
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Trump’s love of Putin is anti-American
Donald Trump, with complete support from his running mate, Mike Pence, applauds the leadership of Vladimir Putin in Russia. Did it ever dawn on these two …
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By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
Let Sheldon Adelson pay for his stadium
Just say no! Enough about having our state engage in yet another less-than-zero-sum bidding war to attract more business in return for a non-binding agreement — in Nevada parlance, a crap shoot — because someone says …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
China’s insult to Obama an insult to our nation
Having been insulted during his recent trip to Southeast Asia, President Barack Obama must be feeling like a wounded lion. Lions …
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By Cesar Lumba, Las Vegas
Legalizing weed will cost lives
In Nevada we have the same issue: Politicians who support the sale of marijuana are those most likely to own and operate exchanges that sell the drug. Of course all these “legitimate” dealers claim they sell marijuana for medical reasons only, but in reality, we all know …
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By Ron Moers, Henderson
Why some people oppose Question 1
I also believe there are two more underlying reasons why many self-described “law-abiding gun owners” and the National Rifle Association officially oppose Question 1. First, I believe there are many self-described “law-abiding gun owners” who are either …
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By Dean Tomsa, Mesquite

Other Voices »

  • Gun control gets a much-needed airing in Missouri race
    The hottest political ad of the season — I am not counting anything involving Triumph the Insult Comic Dog — is probably for the Missouri Senate, in which the Democratic candidate talks about ...
  • Trump handled debate the way he’d lead nation: dismally
    Donald Trump just got roughed up, and badly, by a girl. On Monday night, at the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton made her opponent look ignorant, unprepared, egotistical, childish, petulant, impatient and at times …
  • Policy harks back to apartheid
    Donald Trump’s stop-and-frisk proposal actually answers the obscene question Trump put to black America as part of his feigned outreach efforts: “What do you have to lose?”
  • Shootings by police a societal problem, not just systemic one
    We can no longer afford to buy into the delusion that this moment of turmoil is about discrete cases or their specific disposition under the law. The system of justice itself is under interrogation. The cultural mechanisms that produced that system are under interrogation. America as a whole is …
  • Scientists’ suit aims to help US set example on climate change
    Rigorous scientific study indisputably tells us that disruptive climate change is primarily driven by the carbon dioxide we are releasing into the atmosphere by burning coal, oil and natural gas. It also tells us that, because the world has waited so long to address this problem, missing any opportunity now to reduce emissions will make it increasingly difficult to reduce them sufficiently to stave off the worst consequences of …
  • On Nov. 8, display the crown jewel of American liberties
    Ronald Reagan called the right to vote “the crown jewel of American liberties.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt said the only way to deprive the American people of the right to vote was by Americans choosing not to vote. Winston Churchill told the House of Commons in 1944 that “no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the …
  • Strategy for defeating Clinton: Lying about her great character
    As I have watched this presidential race, and the debate over Hillary Clinton ever since the Benghazi tragedy of 2012, I have been disturbed to see a fine American and kindly human dragged so frequently into the mud. To be sure, if you think she’s …
  • Sincerity may be secret to securing undecided voters
    Really? Are there undecided voters left? Yes, as hard as it may be for most of us to believe, after putting up with the ads and sound bites …
  • In November, nation will help chart world’s course
    Like it or not, the decision we make in November’s election will be a choice on behalf of the entire world. How we vote will determine whether the forces of democracy, openness and religious tolerance remain strong, or whether our country throws in its …
  • Amid shootings, police should receive training on dealing with mentally ill
    Fatal shootings of blacks by police officers, including the death of Keith L. Scott last week in Charlotte, N.C., are appropriately national news. But generally unreported is the number of people with mental illness …
  • Statesman speaks; would-be king gets a pittance
    I have two words for the many business, social and political leaders of Nevada who filled in as “Where I Stand” columnists while I took a vacation. Thank you. Thank you for becoming columnists for a day, which …
  • U.S. News’ college rankings are a hollow marketing tool
    Shortly before the newest U.S. News & World Report college rankings came out recently, I got a fresh glimpse of how ridiculous they can be — and of why panicked high school seniors and …
  • Denying refugees is un-American
    Back-to-back summits regarding refugees and migrants are being held this week at the United Nations and the White House. Such an important discussion couldn’t come at a more appropriate time, given that we are in the …
  • Take a good look at what minor-party candidates value
    Does it make sense to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president? Sure, as long as you believe two things. First, you have to believe that it makes no difference whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump moves into …
  • Consumers rightly frustrated with chip credit cards
    All across America, consumers are in an uproar over chip-enabled credit cards. Folks don’t like the change, which came about abruptly with no real explanation and has led to uncertainty at the checkout counter. Americans are downright …