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November 24, 2014

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Voters want to see GOP’s vision
Gov. Brian Sandoval rode a Republican surge in his re-election bid Tuesday, one that swept not only through Nevada but also throughout the nation.
Give the dying the right to pick how and when they want to die
Data from the Oregon Public Health Division show that between 1997 and 2013, 1,173 terminally ill patients received prescriptions for life-ending medication and only 752 of them decided to use the medication. Another 31 people may have taken the medication, but the information wasn’t reported to the state. California may be the first, thanks to Brittany Maynard.
Letters to the Editor

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A demonstration of sex education
Suppose a resident set up a small table and chair on the sidewalk in front of any local elementary school and brought a case of bananas and condoms along.
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By David Baker, Las Vegas
Were pipe’s effects on lake studied?
I would like to comment to the writers of the article “Using the ‘Tesla Bill’ to Southern Nevada’s advantage (Robert Lang and Jaewon Lim, Nov. 16). The North Las Vegas mayor wants to run a high-capacity water pipeline to the Apex project. Did anyone study the effects of that with the lake currently drying up?
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By Dave Nelson, Henderson
Make a deal for Yucca Mountain
I believe we have a great opportunity if our state politicians have the will to pursue it.
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
GOP majority will expose hypocrites
I was glad to see the Republican Party take the Senate and keep the House and governorships. This is the last hurrah for their party, and the public will finally see …
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By Michelle Bracey, Henderson
Vote for your interests, not pols’
How is it politicians, Republican and Democrat, are able to get voters to either not vote or vote against their best interests? The last national election turnout was …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Think about securing savings
The rich have taken control of the House and Senate, and if you are middle class, you may want to start putting your savings in a secured hold. I say this because …
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
A look at what left voters dissatisfied
Since voters on Nov. 4 said their votes were votes against President Barack Obama, that means they are dissatisfied with …
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By Randall Buie, Henderson
Republic Services losing recyclables
n regards to the letter “Republic Services needs a better plan” (Nov. 12) …
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By John Walsh, Las Vegas
Use American-made material
I think it is about time the city, county and state governments pass laws prohibiting the use of equipment and/or supplies not manufactured in America for construction of any project in which …
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By Leonard Herscovitch, Las Vegas
Reid can make Yucca help Nevada
Amber Phillips’ story “What the GOP’s big win means for Yucca” (Nov. 10) mentioned the possibility of restarting the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project now that Harry Reid will no longer be able to block it. Phillips indicated that …
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By Tom Keller, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • Jonathan Gruber should rethink his notion of ‘stupidity’
    Was Obamacare sold on a pack of lies or just political spin? Questions like that have turned Jonathan Gruber, who helped to create President Barack Obama’s health care plan, into a possible threat to its survival.
  • Reform immigration system to keep families together in U.S.
    In “Orange Is the New Black,” I play Maritza Ramos, a tough Latina from the ‘hood. In “Jane the Virgin,” I play Lina, Jane’s best friend and a funny know-it-all who is quick to offer advice. I love both parts, but they’re fiction. My real story is this: I am the citizen daughter of immigrant parents who were deported when I was 14. My older brother was also deported.
  • Congress’ duty to exercise war powers
    Before Congress leaves the capital for the holidays, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., must schedule a vote on an authorization for the war against the Islamic State.
  • Death by typo
    My parents used to own a small house with a large backyard, in which my mother cultivated a beautiful garden. At some point, however — I don’t remember why — my father looked at the official deed defining their property and received a shock. According to the text, the Krugman lot wasn’t a rough rectangle; it was a triangle more than a hundred feet long but only around a yard wide at the base.
  • Net neutrality rules
    Is there anybody out there who opposes net neutrality?
  • Boehner’s stall on immigration
    Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn’t fooling anybody. The only reason President Barack Obama had to act on immigration reform was that House Speaker John Boehner wouldn’t.
  • Follow these guideposts to shape Nevada’s technology future
    As we explain in our new report “Cracking the Code on STEM: A People Strategy for Nevada’s Economy,” neither the Las Vegas area nor the state as a whole has a clear plan for delivering the trained STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce required for continued growth in Nevada’s …
  • Obamacare vs. Scaliacare
    Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to …
  • The Obama opposition
    The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of …
  • Brother, can you spare a dime?
    My neighborhood is natural habitat for beggars and panhandlers. The freeway is only a few blocks away, and its overpasses often harbor bedraggled men with cardboard signs asking for a handout. Garbage cans and recycling bins are regularly gleaned for …
  • Politicians, teens and birth control
    Here’s a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers. But it’s not just a story of heedless girls and boys who don’t take precautions. This is also a tale of …
  • On Cosby, hard to keep the faith
    On Cosby, hard to keep the faith
    A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby. I was the emcee of a gala for historically black Claflin University, which is in my hometown; Cosby was the headliner. Both of us were …
  • What happened to American isolationism? Two beheadings, for starters
    Remember when pundits were worried Americans had turned isolationist? As recently as August, polls showed big majorities opposed to military intervention in Iraq, Syria or anywhere else. But it only took a couple of …
  • Don’t ask how to feed the 9 billion
    At dinner with a friend the other night, I mentioned I was giving a talk debunking the idea that we need to grow more food on a large scale so we can “feed the 9 billion” — the anticipated global population by 2050. She looked at me, horrified, and said, “But how are you going to produce enough food to feed the hungry?” I suggested she try this exercise ...
  • The fable of Kentucky’s Sen. Rand Paul
    “The most interesting man in politics” is what Politico Magazine crowned Rand Paul in September, when it placed him at the top of a list of 50 people to keep an eye on. And Time magazine used those exact six words, in that exact order, next to a photograph of Paul on its cover last month. The adjective bears notice. Interesting. Not powerful. Not popular. Not even influential. They’re saying that he’s a great character. And that’s not the same as a great candidate.