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May 30, 2016

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In June voting, be aware of those who undercut our children
When you head to the voting booth June 14 — or earlier if you so choose — bear in mind which politicians are on the record for opposing adequate funding for education.
Long-range plan to improve schools demands wide support
We tip our hat to the organization Nevada Succeeds, made up of civic and business leaders of all stripes, and the business-recruiting organization Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. Both have a passionate stake in the future of Nevada, which comes down to the success of our education system.

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Question 1 would make Nevada safer, including for veterans
In November, we can make Nevada a safe place to live, and as a veteran I am pleased to help make our state safer by supporting Question 1 ...
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BY Steven Horner, Las Vegas
Leaving dogs in hot cars is deadly
Every year, dogs suffer and die when careless people leave them in a parked car even for “just a minute while they run an errand ...
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By Linda Faso, Las Vegas
Move cones when roadwork is done
Again this week I was stalled in horrible, unnecessary traffic caused by traffic cones that were not removed or moved to the curb after construction was finished ...
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By Ron Lankford, Henderson
Health pros, heed column’s advice
As a retired social worker who worked in the mental health care field for more than 40 years, I was very impressed with Kim Palchikoff’s recent guest column, “Entering the mental health care field? Here’s my advice.” In all respects, I found the advice offered by Palchikoff to be very insightful and right on ...
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By Tim Welch, Henderson
Don’t use Frost to justify a wall
Over the past several years, even before Donald Trump proposed it, there have been many letters and editorials in support of building our own Berlin Wall — perhaps a Great Wall of China would be more like it — across the Mexican border and sometimes even along the Canadian border. Many of these letters and editorials have done a great dishonor to poet Robert Frost ...
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By Michael Plaisted, Las Vegas
Stadium is bad bet for Las Vegas
The reason Oakland is not willing to use public funds for a stadium is that it is a bad investment, which they are asking us to make while they pocket the profit from it …
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By Walter Spargo, Reno
Subminimum wage is unfair
We must do away with special wage certificates that allow employers to pay workers with disabilities according to productivity rather than hours worked. Sheltered workshops, nonprofit organizations that hire people with disabilities at subminimum wages — these workplaces are ineffective, and reforms are long overdue.
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By John Marchese, Henderson
Trump is a child, not a would-be president
In my early days learning civics and U.S. history, if my memory serves, I was taught there are some age restrictions to run for president of …
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By Bob Hartman, Las Vegas
Children in crisis are underserved
My husband and I went grocery shopping the other day. Sitting outside the store was a forlorn-looking boy of 12-14 years. He looked so pathetic that I had to ask him if he had a problem. He said he didn’t have anything to eat and …
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By Aileen Murphy Zsenyuk, Las Vegas
Here’s how Clinton can state her case
Hillary Clinton must include the following in her acceptance speech at the Democratic National …
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By Cesar Lumba, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Britain’s referendum on EU exit affects U.S.
    Sixty-five years ago, what has become the European Union was an embryo conceived in fear. It has been stealthily advanced from an economic to a political project, and it remains enveloped in a watery utopianism even as it …
  • TSA is woefully unequipped to handle busy travel season
    If you end up sleeping at an airport this summer because the security line was too slow, know that Congress is to blame, not the overworked Transportation Security Administration …
  • Trump borrows heavily from Europe’s far-right blueprint
    Here’s the irony of Donald Trump’s “America First,” immigrant-bashing, free-trade-averse, make-us-great-again nationalism: It is a European …
  • Many suffer with improper mental health treatment
    Say “mental illness” and a lot of other words come to mind: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, anger, suicide, crying, hopelessness. I should know. I’ve spent a life living with bipolar disorder and a lot of adjectives that describe …
  • Air traffic is up — and so are frustrating fees
    Summer is upon us, and we are facing important travel decisions. Such as whom to blame when we get stuck in interminable airport …
  • Why did the economy soar under Bill Clinton?
    If Hillary Clinton wins in November, Bill Clinton will occupy a doubly unique role in U.S. political history — not just as the first First Husband, but as the first First Spouse who used to be president. Obviously he won’t spend his time baking cookies. So what will …
  • Please join in effort to protect our piece of Grand Canyon ecosystem
    The graffiti, trash and bullet holes at Gold Butte have a way of spoiling a getaway to one of the most beautiful, serene spots in the Mojave Desert. Illegal cattle grazing there threatens native wildlife, including bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, coyotes, foxes and endangered birds …
  • Trump masters new political game, which may help him win
    A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a virtual tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. That’s an 11 percent swing against Clinton …
  • Team name may not offend, but that doesn’t mean it’s right
    Well, that’s a relief. It turns out that Native Americans are not offended by the name of Washington’s football team after …
  • Teacher-shortage crisis hurts students with disabilities most
    The teacher-shortage crisis in Nevada has reached a disturbing level, especially in the Clark County School District, with 961 reported teacher vacancies as of April 1. As summer approaches, state education and political leaders must consider real solutions to address …
  • Who better than Bill Clinton to pursue new jobs solutions?
    At an event recently, Hillary Clinton announced that, if elected, she planned to put Bill Clinton in charge of creating jobs. If he becomes the “first gentleman” — or, as she prefers to call him, the “first dude” — he just might have some success …
  • Facebook is heaven for the head-in-sand crowd
    Those who’ve been raising alarms about Facebook are right: Almost every minute that we spend on our smartphones and tablets and laptops, thumbing through favorite websites and scrolling through personalized feeds, we’re pointed toward …
  • New American’s faith in elections isn’t rattled despite Nevada’s flare-ups
    My wife, Perla, recently became a citizen of the United States. She was born in rural Aguascalientes, Mexico, and raised on a farm. Her parents decided to pursue …
  • Next president should, but won’t, make this address
    The mere possibility of a Donald Trump presidency — gold-plated faucets in the house first occupied by John and Abigail Adams — will perhaps have a salutary effect. It might demystify an office that has become now swollen with inappropriate powers and swaddled in a pretentiousness discordant with a republic’s ethic of simplicity ...
  • Obama hasn’t won war on inequality, but he did fight
    There were two big economic policy stories last week that you may have missed if you were distracted by Trumpian bombast and the yelling of the Sanders dead-enders. Each tells you a lot about both what President Barack Obama has accomplished and the stakes in this year’s election ...