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April 18, 2015

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There must be a better way to protect people at bus stops
Several years ago, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada began moving bus benches and shelters farther from the street, driven by studies showing 80 percent of all roadway crashes nationwide are contained to within four feet of the road. RTC officials suggest little more can be done to protect the lives of people who need a bus to get to work or go shopping. We’re not so sure ...
The incorrigible Michele Fiore’s would-be land grab
There's a downside to state legislators thinking outside the box ...

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A chance for women to show strength
When Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic Party nomination for president of the United States and wins the election to be our first female president in 2016, I hope and pray this will be …
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By John Tominsky, Las Vegas
It’s about money, not the middle class
Why does Warren Buffett not put a rooftop system on every house in America, charge a small fee every month and skip to the bank with the profits? Because even though …
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
Change directions on climate change
Whether you’re a Pacific Islander preparing for a super typhoon bearing down on you, a Floridian contemplating a rising sea level exacerbating a contentious battle between your fresh water supply and the sea, or a Westerner suffering through a long Lake Mead draining drought, you realize …
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By Dwayne Morton, Las Vegas
Eliminate cap on solar net metering
As a rooftop solar power owner/leaser in Las Vegas, I’m happy to be saving money on my power bills, exercising choice as to where I get my electricity and supporting the growth of a booming industry in our state. That’s why I’m so concerned that the state’s growth in this area could …
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By Pam Stuckey, Las Vegas
Why Cruz opted to use Obamacare
Once Ted Cruz’s wife left her job to join her husband on the presidential campaign trail and had to give up her health insurance (that Ted Cruz was on), Cruz had to find health insurance for …
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By Bruce Kotzky, Las Vegas
Why not offer Volvo a deal?
If Nevada offered a tax deal to Tesla to build batteries, why not …
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By Gil Eisner, Las Vegas
Urge legislators to ban coyote killings
Sadly, we just read that the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners has rejected the ban. What a terrible message to …
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By Don Anderson and Nancy Anderson, Las Vegas
Use trash bins in our parks
People almost demand a beautiful park to have their picnics and peaceful walks in but neglect to realize that the inhabitants of their park, the wildlife, are
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By Elizabeth Poole, Las Vegas
Wake up before it’s too late, America
All Americans, regardless of party, want to avoid a nuclear threat that would destroy America. Therefore, the only place most of us diverge is whether the threat from Iran is grave enough.
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
An explanation of AB 277 needed
Assemblymen Erven Nelson and John Ellison and Sen. Joe Hardy’s sponsorship of Assembly Bill 277 is simply a smokescreen, a veiled attempt to further divide the populace to garner political favor with religious conservatives, knowing full well that a majority of the affected groups of American citizens will never vote for them anyway. Many of us are not completely clear about the relationship between AB 277 and the Nevada Constitution’s “free exercise clause” and need to better understand this bill’s intent. Please enlighten us.
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Grandmama Mia!
    When my brother Michael was a Senate page, he delivered mail to John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who had offices across the hall from each other.
  • Smart girls vs. bombs
    Last fall, President Barack Obama slapped back at critics by citing what he called a foreign-policy success: Yemen.
  • What if we didn’t have video?
    Once again, what a difference a video makes. As soon as I saw the cellphone video of the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager of the North Charleston Police Department in South Carolina, I wondered how the apologists for police misconduct were going to spin this one.
  • What candidates need
    Desired traits can be seen in Lincoln’s example
    Any candidate worthy of support should at least have in rudiments what Lincoln had in fullness: a fundamental vision, a golden temperament and a shrewd …
  • Smartphones capturing widespread abuse, changing world of policing
    A generation ago, when someone complained of police misconduct, we would learn that a police spokesperson denied the accusation and that was that. Because we were not there and did not know those involved, it was impossible to …
  • Is history finally on Hillary’s side?
    Is history finally on Hillary’s side?
    That was quick. Strike up “Happy Days Are Here Again” and cue the balloon drop. Better yet, Democrats could skip the whole primaries-and-convention thing and let Hillary Clinton …
  • Injuring the quest for justice?
    Last week the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued its damning report about the journalistic lapses by Rolling Stone magazine when it published a salacious, and now-discredited, story about a supposed gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house. The report blasted the magazine for …
  • The Canadian health care revolution
    Consistent with the modest character of this province at the center of a country that revels in modesty, a modest commemorative sits in front of a modest two-story home. Right here, at 814 Saskatchewan Crescent in the Nutana residential neighborhood of Saskatoon, rests a small historical plaque that for months of the year is covered by snow — but that tells a story that transformed Saskatchewan …
  • Where government excels
    As Republican presidential hopefuls trot out their policy agendas — which always involve cutting taxes on the rich while slashing benefits for the poor and middle class — some real new thinking is happening on the other side of the aisle. Suddenly, it seems, many Democrats have decided to …
  • Enjoying the low life?
    The United States is the most powerful colossus in the history of the world: Our nuclear warheads could wipe out the globe, our enemies tweet on iPhones, and kids worldwide bop to Beyoncé. Yet, let’s get real. All this hasn’t …
  • Why it’s vitally important to strengthen federal Freedom of Information Act
    The Freedom of Information Act remains a powerful, though currently inefficient, tool to obtain public information. Last year, several key stories were brought to light as a result of …
  • Hillary’s role model: Bush 41
    Hillary’s role model: Bush 41
    Bush ran as Reagan Plus. He promised that he would be both an “education president” and an “environmental president,” neatly stamping himself with the new and improved label. Both issues appealed to …
  • Misdemeanors become capital offenses, again
    You thought, perhaps, that we were making this stuff up? That the whole “Black Lives Matter” thing was probably overblown? That the idea of black men having to fear routine encounters with the police was being exaggerated by …
  • Getting to know Rand Paul, post 2010
    What do we know about this man Rand? Well, he’s interesting. Among the throngs of Republicans promising to cut taxes, slash domestic spending and repeal Obamacare, Paul is unusual in that he also wants to stop government surveillance, negotiate a peace treaty with Iran, slash defense spending and …
  • Five hope-and-change takeaways from Nigeria’s election
    For the first time since its independence, Africa’s most populous and economically powerful country voted an incumbent president out of office, defying all expectations. At a time when democratic good news is hard to come by, what went right in …