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March 1, 2015

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Sandoval has a chance to make a major investment
If Gov. Brian Sandoval really wants to make an economic impact on the state, he’ll make room in his budget for a UNLV medical school.
Nevada state treasurer’s budget calls into question his seriousness
Dan Schwartz is using his position to take political swipes at Gov. Brian Sandoval ...

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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.

Since when are two stamps not enough?
For as long as I can remember, and I’m 66, two first-class stamps would get a letter delivered to our friends in Canada. This last Christmas, I had a letter returned demanding 17 extra cents in postage. Not only did that return cost more than 17 cents, but it seems to point to other problems.
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By Joseph DuPont, Towanda, Pa.
Choose to protect Lincoln County
Rachel Carson wrote telegraphically, “The real wealth of the nation lies in the resources of the earth ... and cannot be a matter of politics.” Despite our state’s empty coffers, Nevada is rich. The intrinsic value of …
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By Demi Falcon, Las Vegas
Give retired Nevada teachers opportunity
Regarding the article titled “Bill aims to alleviate teacher shortage, help more immigrants get school jobs” (Feb. 20): It’s worth noting that Nevada prohibits offering most teaching jobs to retired Nevada teachers, although retired teachers from other …
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By Lana Hess, Mesquite
Health insurance subsidies for all
At first glance it appears that Americans who live in states that do not have their own state-run exchanges are not entitled to premium subsidies provided by the federal government. To those celebrating the inevitable gutting of the Affordable Care Act, allow me to bring up the Second Amendment.
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By Cesar Lumba, Las Vegas
Government needs to take action
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman described Islamic terrorists as angry youths who’ve never held a job. How does his description of them compare to that of our unemployed and underemployed youths who are committing daily shootings, road rage, and other growing and seemingly never-ending personal crimes?
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By Don Steele, Humble, Texas
Republicans only causing problems
With Congress acting out like spoiled teenagers who manipulate to get a selfish agenda filled, the GOP inviting Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu to speak will most certainly unite would-be-terrorists to make that leap to action to join ISIL. Where is Dick Cheney, crying out, “Unpatriotic,” to those who disdain President Barack Obama?
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By Sandra Peche, Las Vegas
Support the Keystone pipeline
Regarding the letter to the editor “Obama should veto Keystone pipeline” (Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 18): I agree with the letter writer that at present we have an oil glut.
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By Richard Dunlap, Washington, Utah
Prevailing wage, fair wage not the same
In reading the article “Build schools without gutting fair wages” (Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 10), it becomes apparent to this layman that …
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By Richard Kauffman, Las Vegas
Exemption will only hurt middle class
It never ceases to amaze me how the Republican Party can play its smoke-and-mirror games with the middle class. The current attack on the middle class in Nevada is under the pretext of saving money for more schools by eliminating prevailing wage laws …
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By Fredrick Wilkening, Las Vegas
Judging Christie for sports teams absurd
Take for instance: I’m a politician in Boston; I’ve done everything right. I raised employment, housing is in the right direction, taxes are low, I voted against Obamacare and I voted to close our borders, but I’m …
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By John DiGiacomo, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Jeb Bush’s brainless trust looks familiar
    I had been keeping an open mind about Jeb Bush. I mean, sure, as Florida governor, he helped his brother snatch the 2000 election. And that led to two decade-long botched wars that cost tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. The nation will be dealing for a long time with struggling veterans and the loss of American prestige. Not to mention that W. let Wall Street gamble away the economy, which is only now finally creeping back.
  • Hillary, Jeb and fundraising for 2016
    A few weeks ago brought the comedy extravaganza of the “Saturday Night Live” reunion, but not one of its sketches or jokes was half as funny as four words three days later by Jeb Bush.
  • Relationship between US, Israel is what matters
    When it comes to Israel, I have to admit, I am biased. Call me sentimental, but I believe that the State of Israel, which was created by the United Nations in 1948 with the blessing of the United States and practically every other nation on Earth following the Holocaust, has …
  • Jeb Bush tiptoes above the falls
    Jeb Bush has been a putative candidate for the White House for only a few weeks, and already he is discovering that presidential politics requires an elegant equipoise.
  • The GOP’s self-deception
    Republicans had better divert some of their campaign cash toward finding a cure for Obama Derangement Syndrome. If they don’t, their nemesis will beat them in a third consecutive presidential contest — without, of course, actually being on the ballot.
  • Protect Nevada’s future by securing our past, preserving our lands
    There is true economic and communal value in protecting public lands.
  • The quest for a gun on every corner
    Earlier this month — right between Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced a bill that would allow people from states with lax gun laws to carry their concealed weapons all around the country. The goal, Cornyn said in a news release, is to treat local gun permits “like driver’s licenses.”
  • A kaffeeklatsch on race
    In our collective imaginations, we tend to conceive of the constantly called-for “national conversation on race” as having the formality of some grand conclave of consciousness — an American Truth and Reconciliation equivalent, a spiritual spectacle in which sins are confessed and blame taken and burdens lifted.
  • Unpaid, unarmed lifesavers in Syria
    Who would have thought there could be an uplifting story from Syria? Yet, side by side with the worst of humanity, you often see the best. In Syria, that’s a group of volunteers called the White Helmets. Its members rush to each bombing and claw survivors from the rubble.
  • War authorization’s difficult debate
    Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not have taken, with a war to authorize. The debate concerns an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State and also against ...
  • The unsinkable R.B.G.
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t planning on going anywhere anytime soon. “Now I happen to be the oldest,” the 81-year-old justice said in the tone of a person who has answered a whole lot of questions about her possible retirement plans. Sitting in her Supreme Court chambers on a dreary afternoon in late January, she added …
  • We would miss Obamacare
    Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s actually done? Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has …
  • Whom do Democrats really want?
    It’s the last night of the 2016 Democratic Party nominating convention. The first woman presidential nominee takes the stage to claim her hard-fought prize. Balloons drop and confetti fills the air as the crowd begins to chant — wait for it — “Win …
  • Falling wages for Nevada’s team
    Baseball is a lot like life, they say, and the only thing that’s fair is a hit between first and third.
  • Making sense of news by making fun of it
    “Did I die?” That’s how “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart opened his program on the evening after he announced that he was walking away from it after 16 years.