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October 3, 2015

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It’s time for NV Energy, PUC to embrace future in innovative ways
The Nevada Public Utilities Commission is dealing with an issue that was nowhere near its radar just a few years ago: How much should customers with rooftop solar systems pay NV Energy for use of its power-distribution grid? But that issue is small potatoes compared with …
It’s time to embrace the vision of ‘One Nevada’
A lot feels right about the state working with Faraday Future, not the least being that Southern Nevada deserves this, especially after North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and other Southern Nevada officials publicly supported the state’s deal with Tesla, up north, a year ago.

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Utility should look out for customers
Regarding “It’s time for NV Energy, PUC to embrace future in innovative ways” (Las Vegas Sun, Sept. 27): In your excellent editorial, you ask how much rooftop-solar customers should pay for the use of NV Energy’s distribution grid.
By Gary Musser, Las Vegas
Bernie Sanders can address our nation’s pressing issues
Brian Greenspun’s column “Moving beyond email servers to what really matters” (Las Vegas Sun, Sept. 13) was right to conclude with “It is time for the American voters to get serious, too. Enough with the emails and apologies.”
By Nat Lerner, Las Vegas
Carson is the master of one science: ignorance
In many ways, it would be advantageous to elect a president with a working knowledge of science. After all, we have not had one with such expertise since Thomas Jefferson. One potential candidate for that position might have been Dr. Ben Carson, but his statements show he does not fit the criteria.
By Wallace Henkelman, Henderson
GOP chooses poorly in deciding which rights to defend
The GOP is defending Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who spent five days in jail because she refused to follow the Constitution concerning giving gay couples a marriage license. She says it violated God’s law. Maybe she should also refuse to issue licenses to divorced people seeking to get remarried. After all, divorce is also against God’s law. Wait a minute. I forgot she has been divorced three times and is in her fourth marriage.
By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
Co-op was a bold move; why didn’t it work?
I would first like to appreciate the relatively more professional tone of Jackie Valley’s piece in comparison to other reports of the Nevada Health Co-Op closing. It offered a dignified salute to a bold public health move. Nevada embraced the option of running a health insurance exchange, and although it wasn’t a mandatory component of the Affordable Care Act, this decision demonstrated a commitment to expanding health services to locals. It is disheartening to think of the people left uninsured at the year’s end.
By Megan Flaviano, Henderson
GOP is squeezing voters in red states
Ever since Justice John Roberts and the Republican Supreme Court overturned the amendment to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the red states have gone nuts with new voter-suppression laws. The red state laws differ from one another but have the same goal, to suppress voting rights for the poor, the elderly and minorities (the typical non-Republican voters).
By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
‘Liberal’ media does Democrats no favors
This ado about nothing, Hillary’s email server, has gone on for months. Having exhausted the Benghazi non-scandal, the Republican smear campaign changed topics, aided and abetted by the “liberal” media. The goal is to paint the Democrat frontrunner as a pathological liar, when she is really a very smart lady. Once her campaign is buried under a mountain of lies and inuendo, they will go after whoever is next in the polls.
By Kitty Smith, Las Vegas
Spend tax money on training for citizens
This is in regard to an article by Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, “The poor need food to eat but cash to live” (The Sun, Sept. 11). There are so many safety-net and welfare programs that it seems a shame this family must have fallen through the cracks. The first example given, of 19-year-old Ashley with her baby, illustrates this. One of the first programs Ashley should have taken advantage of was the free birth control. There was no reason for another fatherless child to be brought into her situation.
By Marcia Romano, Las Vegas
Tax cuts for the rich cut our nation off at its knees
The writer of the letter “Politicians carry blame for wrongs” (Las Vegas Sun, May 17) suggests police brutality arises more frequently in black communities because people there have no jobs and are constantly getting in trouble with the law. He then blames high tax rates that discourage investments in American cities. Third, he says high tax rates are Democrats’ fault.
By Cesar Lumba, Las Vegas
Forget servers; let’s focus on our security
Pin the tail on the donkey is the ever-persistent game being played by Congressional Republicans in which they always fail to find the donkey. They’re terrified that Hilary Rodham Clinton may be our next president, nullifying any chance they can move the country more toward a plutocracy with religious overtones.
By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Trump won’t risk being perceived as anything but a winner
    As part of his ongoing effort to make a mockery of the American political process, Donald Trump released his tax plan Monday morning. This is the third official policy position he has laid out in the 3 1/2 months he’s been running for president.
  • Malala Yousafzai takes fight for education to U.N.
    When the deputy head mistress pulled Malala Yousafzai out of high school chemistry class one morning a year ago, Malala nervously searched her mind for recent offenses.
  • CEO revealed his inhumanity at an inopportune time
    If Martin Shkreli is not the most hated man in America, he must at least be first runner-up.
  • Dear Jeb Bush: Black people crave freedom, not free stuff
    At a campaign event last week in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked how he planned to include black people in his campaign and get them to vote for him.
  • Political power structure buoys big family names in U.S., Canada
    Jeb Bush. Hillary Clinton. Justin Trudeau. Is this the decade of the dynasties?
  • Fiorina’s contrived, misplaced ‘anger’ borders on madness
    How angry is Carly Fiorina? So angry she can’t see straight. That’s the only explanation for the yawning gulf between what she says and the plainly visible facts.
  • Pope believes in the type of evolution the Catholic Church needs
    Watching the nation come to a screeching halt over Pope Francis’ visit, I had a flashback to my childhood in Cincinnati. One day I saw a picture of then-Pope Pius XII on the front page of the evening paper and I was shocked — shocked! I had no idea anybody in Ohio outside my immediate neighborhood knew who he was.
  • Is false sense of lagging work ethic a resurgence of Romney’s ‘47 percent’?
    A Bloomberg poll about the 2016 presidential horse race found that 72 percent of people surveyed said the U.S. isn’t as great as it once was. No big shock there. Polls have been picking up the America-in-decline lament for years.
  • Animal-loving Pope Francis is a different breed
    We all know Pope Francis cares deeply for the marginalized, but did you realize that his compassion bridges the species barrier? He suggests that animals will go to heaven and that the Virgin Mary “grieves for the sufferings” even of mistreated livestock.
  • Plans for Navy reveal much about a candidate
    The Navy’s operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation’s nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world. Although the next president may be elected without addressing the Navy’s proper size and configuration, for four years he or she will be acutely aware of where the carriers are. Today they are at the center of a debate about their continuing centrality, even viability, in the Navy’s projection of force.
  • Want to be impressed by Clinton? Ignore distractions and let her detail her plans
    Since Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the 2016 presidential race, we’ve heard about her up-and-down poll numbers, email server problems, transparency issues, authenticity and campaign strategy.
  • Boehner felt gusts from approaching GOP storm
    Farewell, John Boehner, farewell. These departures are a little wearying. It was not long ago that we said adieu to Rick Perry. And then Scott Walker. And of course we are gearing up for the moment when the political world says goodbye forever to Donald Trump.
  • Pope Francis’ bipartisan message should resonate with its recipients
    “God bless America” sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition — and spoke powerfully about the hot-button issues that keep our political leaders mired in bitter gridlock.
  • Hard-headed GOP hard-liners are doomed to repeat their mistakes
    House Speaker John Boehner’s sudden announcement of his resignation Friday came as a thunderclap in Washington, but it shouldn’t have surprised anyone who witnessed Boehner’s frustration grow with his fractious Republican caucus.
  • Boehner climbs out of the box
    John Boehner was a deal-maker who took over the House speakership at a moment when making deals had, for many Republicans, become a mortal sin.