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August 4, 2015

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Editorial: Download an app to report issues to City Hall
North Las Vegas is trying to make it easier to notify City Hall when something needs attention. Henderson and Las Vegas figured out a few years ago how to help residents conquer bureaucracy and get action. The solution: a smartphone app ...
In editing report, chancellor interferes with regents, lawmakers
The chairman of the Board of Regents, which governs the Nevada System of Higher Education, has hired an attorney at a cost of $595 an hour, up to a $50,000 max, to ...

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Letters to the Editor

E-mail your submission. Letters to the editor should be no more than 250 words and include the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

Trump reflects arrogance of the rich
The biggest public service Donald Trump is providing with his candidacy is this: In contrast to our own prickly billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, speaking through his anointed $100 million mouthpiece, Newt Gingrich, “The Donald” is cutting out the middleman. His ego, arrogance and contempt for the 99 percent peels back the shroud of the ultra-rich.
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By Dale Quale, Las Vegas
Peaceful approach to Iran won’t work
The theme of President Barack Obama’s speech to the VFW members in Pittsburgh reminds me of the immortal words of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 1938, “Peace in our time.” Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry characterize the proposed agreement with Iran as “sign on or war.”
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Stanley Ryba, Henderson
Scared of Trump? Don’t forget Palin
We are hearing from many disgruntled Republicans — in particular, Republican presidential candidates — about how unfit Donald Trump is to be president. Have they forgotten that just a few years back (2008), they were willing to make Sarah Palin their president? Forty-seven percent said they were willing to have Palin as president. True, John McCain would have had to die while in office, but that was within the realm of possibility.
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By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
Troubling environmental damage must be mitigated
As a Las Vegas Valley resident since 2003 and a visitor since 1977, I have seen the valley grow and change. I love our valley and am excited our economy seems to be improving. Yet, I am concerned about other trends that might hurt us.
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By Janelle Losoff, Henderson
Scared of Trump? Don’t forget Palin
We are hearing from many disgruntled Republicans — in particular, Republican presidential candidates — about how unfit Donald Trump is to be president. Have they forgotten that just a few years back (2008), they were willing to make Sarah Palin their president?
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By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
Nuclear weapons owned but not used
Don’t those people opposed to the nuclear arms deal with Iran know Israel already has numerous nuclear weapons? So do North Korea, Pakistan, India, Russia and China. They all realize that using one would bring immediate response.
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By Bob Fuller, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Nuclear weapons owned but not used
Don’t those people opposed to the nuclear arms deal with Iran know Israel already has numerous nuclear weapons? So do North Korea, Pakistan, India, Russia and China. They all realize that using one would bring immediate response.
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By Bob Fuller, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Troubling environmental damage must be mitigated
As a Las Vegas Valley resident since 2003 and a visitor since 1977, I have seen the valley grow and change. I love our valley and am excited our economy seems to be improving. Yet, I am concerned about other trends that might hurt us.
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By Janelle Losoff, Henderson
Let’s demand more of elected officials
I have areas of disagreement with the GOP, the Democratic Party and those in both parties in Congress.
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By Michael Casler, Las Vegas
A new request of those who write letters to the editor of the Sun
Letters to the editor can be an effective way of delivering a point of view on a current issue, especially if the writer is articulate and succinct. We encourage such engagement, which has a long history in America’s newspapers.
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Other Voices »

  • Special Olympics boost confidence
    This year’s Special Olympics World Games, staged last week in Los Angeles, were nothing short of tear-jerking. Hailing from 170 countries, some 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism gathered for …
  • Obama frees his inner Kenyan to address issues
    It must make the birthers’ heads explode to hear President Barack Obama ridicule the ridiculous charge that he is a secret Kenyan. That’s only one good reason for him to do it.
  • Studies offer blueprints for both parties’ success
    So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.
  • Election tactics marginalize many
    Not long ago I had separate chats with two political insiders who offered to fill me in on Jeb Bush’s strategy, if he prevails in the primaries, for winning the general election.
  • Gratitude changes our worldview
    I’m sometimes grumpier when I stay at a nice hotel. I have certain expectations about the service that’s going to be provided. I get impatient if I have to crawl around looking for a power outlet, if the shower controls are unfathomable or if the place considers itself too fancy to put a coffee machine in each room. I’m sometimes happier at a budget motel, where my expectations are lower, and where a functioning iron is a bonus and the waffle maker in the breakfast area is a treat.
  • Ballerina Misty Copeland is long-awaited role model for young black girls
    Everyone is talking about Misty Copeland, a dancer with the renowned American Ballet Theatre who is black. However, what we aren’t talking about is how important her accomplishments are for a demographic that has grown up without that type of role model. She offers hope to a generation of women in today’s work force.
  • Medicare must survive zombies
    Medicare turned 50 last week, and it has been a very good half-century. Before the program went into effect, Ronald Reagan warned that it would destroy American freedom; it didn’t, as far as anyone can tell. What it did do was provide a huge improvement in financial security for seniors and their families, and in many cases it has literally been a lifesaver.
  • Here is a win-win for clean energy on federal land
    Last year around this time I wrote an article highlighting a groundbreaking event at the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ), about 25 miles north of town. For the first time ...
  • ‘Go Set a Watchman’ is a tale of greed, not wonder
    Called away on family business, I was afraid I’d missed the sweet spot for commentary on the Harper Lee/“To Kill a Mockingbird”/“Go Set a Watchman” controversy — that moment right after “Watchman’s” release July 14 when it was all anybody in literary circles could talk about.
  • Kids these days … put us older folks to shame
    The time-honored way to speak about young people is with horror. They’re wild, reckless, irresponsible, narcissistic, immoral and hopeless — and always have been.
  • Take steps to back up our wager with Iran, make the best of it
    From the minute Iran detected that the U.S. was unwilling to use its overwhelming military force to curtail Tehran’s nuclear program — and that dates back to the George W. Bush administration, which would neither accept Iran’s right to a nuclear fuel cycle nor structure a military or diplomatic option to stop it — no perfect deal overwhelmingly favorable to America and its allies was ever going to emerge from negotiations with Iran. The balance of power became too equal.
  • Officer who arrested Bland failed to do his job
    Evidence points to suicide, not homicide, as the cause of a Chicago-area woman’s death in a Texas jail cell outside Houston, officials say. Yet, the arresting officer’s dash-cam video raises serious questions as to why Sandra Bland was arrested in the first place.
  • Efficiency programs save energy and money
    A study of the energy savings from a home-weatherization program for low-income residents in Michigan has received much media attention, including from the Sun (“Study: Home efficiency upgrades fall short, don’t pay,” lasvegassun.com, June 24). The study is misleading, if not fundamentally flawed. And it has been misused to claim that all types of energy-efficiency programs are uneconomical. This is not the case.
  • Trump force-feeds GOP its own nauseating medicine
    The adults patrolling the playpen of Republican politics are appalled that we’ve become a society in which it’s OK to make fun of veterans, to call anyone who isn’t rich a loser, to cast an entire group of newly arrived strivers as rapists and shiftless criminals.
  • Gay marriage took a giant leap for mankind
    The movement of same-sex marriage from a fringe notion to accepted law was one of the swiftest progressions in American social history. The female vote, racial integration, the rights of the disabled — all took decades to win. In contrast, same-sex marriage won acceptance in a relative flash.