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December 1, 2015

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Now we can seriously get down to recycling in this community
With Republic Services’ new plant up and running, Southern Nevadans’ well-meaning efforts will not be in vain.
Giving thanks for our Las Vegas blessings
This holiday season, Southern Nevada has plenty of reasons to be thankful.

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Letters to the Editor

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Natural gas is a waste of our time; let’s focus on solar
For Pete’s sake! Why would we build a new fossil fuel plant when Nevada’s home-grown renewables are competitive with gas? Competitive already — right now!
By Jane Feldman, Las Vegas
Trump’s childish rhetoric prevents GOP from evolving
Following the 2012 presidential election the GOP did an autopsy. Republican found, among other things, that they needed to improve their image among women, the young, Latinos and African-Americans.
By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
Join the fight against pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer is one of the nation’s deadliest cancers, with a five-year survival rate of just 7 percent. It is time to wage hope against this disease!
By Joy Mueller, Henderson
GOP flip-flops on value of presidential candidates’ experience
During the campaign of 2008, I heard many comments, from Fox News to Facebook, about the lack of experience of Barack Obama. He was a one-term senator who was not prepared for the presidency.
By John Pauli, Las Vegas
How can we keep teachers? It’s easy
I just read your article about how our Legislature is putting together a huge task force to figure out how to ensure we have qualified teachers in every classroom.
By Scott Dakus, Henderson
Weak Iran policy now will hurt us later
Back on 9/11 the existence of a war with radical Islamic terrorism was never more obvious. Now the radical left and misguided liberals believe we can slow-roll the advance of peace by appeasement and delay while these same radical Islamic elements strike us in our homeland and gain strength abroad.
By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
GDP isn’t accurate measure of nation’s value
The letter “Do we really want to emulate Denmark?” (Las Vegas Sun, Oct. 30) argues that Denmark is a poor role model for the United States for several reasons, among them the fact that Denmark’s yearly average GDP growth rate for the past 23 years is an anemic 0.36 percent.
By Michael Henderson, Las Vegas
Limbaugh and Trump cut from same crooked cloth
Lately I’ve found Rush Limbaugh speaking glowingly of Donald Trump. He’s all bombast and braggadocio. He’s shallow, simplistic and vulgar. His worldview is childlike, without nuance and sketchy. He’s long-winded. The verbiage hides mountains of misinformation.
Benghazi hearings about GOP’s political gain, not Clinton’s honesty
The Benghazi hearings were nothing more than a political sham. Two Republican congressmen and a former aide report that the Benghazi committee was designed to undermine Hillary Rodham Clinton’s reputation as a presidential candidate. Other evidence exists, missed by the news media, that proves the Select Committee on Benghazi is a political fraud.
By William Morales, Henderson
English isn’t our nation’s official language; it’s money
The official language of the U.S. is not English, it’s money. We are infatuated with money and those who have the most. The adage “work hard, play by the rules and one day you’ll be rich” is laughable now. Today, one aspires first to be born rich, become a rock star or professional athlete, or live a life of white-collar crime. None of the just-mentioned goals can get the wealthy in trouble because they can always buy themselves out of any problem.
By Dave Starr, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • If we give in to fear, ISIS wins
    I don’t know how we win the war against ISIS. But I know how we lose it. The past week has been a thorough and demoralizing education in that.
  • GOP ducks liability for mistruths and propaganda by crying ‘PC’
    The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made “politically correct” an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don’t want to hear.
  • Trump masterful at saying what backers want to hear
    President Donald Trump? Surely I jest? I wish. The billionaire presidential candidate has been riding atop the Republican primary polls for four months. He constantly defies the conventional rules of political etiquette. He reveals no more than a passing interest in facts. Yet the more he is criticized, the more he seems, like Godzilla, to grow bigger and stronger.
  • Inclusion, insanity in ivory towers
    Give thanks this day for some indirect blessings of liberty, including the behavior-beyond-satire of what are generously called institutions of higher education. People who are imprecisely called educators have taught, by their negative examples, what intelligence is not.
  • Brian Greenspun
    Youth Forum participants provide hope for the future
    This is a time for thanksgiving. We all have something in our lives for which to be thankful, some far more than others. Happy and healthy families and friends should be foremost among those blessings. In that regard I am a very …
  • Obamacare is imperfect, but it works
    To the right’s dismay, scare tactics — remember death panels? — and spurious legal challenges failed to protect the nation from the scourge of guaranteed health coverage. Still, Obamacare’s opponents insisted it would implode in a “death spiral” of low enrollment and rising costs.
  • Obama has chance to cement legacy in climate-change fight
    At the end of this month, President Barack Obama and many of the leaders of his administration will travel to Paris to negotiate with the heads of other nations about slowing the pace of global climate change. Like millions of other Americans, I applaud this effort.
  • Death-obsessed cult is destined to perish
    Earlier this year, before most of us started paying close attention, the death cult of the Islamic State released a video of two men being thrown from the rooftop of a building. They were executed before an approving mob for the crime of being gay — part of a systematic campaign to hunt down and exterminate suspected homosexuals.
  • Candidates wise to channel the best Nixon had to offer
    It’s a truth universally accepted that every Republican who runs for president wants to be Ronald Reagan, and that every Democrat wants to be either Franklin Roosevelt or (God help us) John F. Kennedy.
  • Clinton’s plan shows she grasps nuances of ISIS fight
    Last week we had a chance to watch Hillary Rodham Clinton respond in real time to a complex foreign-policy challenge. Six days after the Paris attacks, she gave a comprehensive anti-terrorism speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Let’s not repeat our blind mistreatment from World War II
    Desperate refugees flee persecution and war, but American politicians — worried about security risks — refuse to accept them.
  • Mammogram screenings should start later and be less frequent
    The American Cancer Society has finally done what no other American medical professional society dealing with breast cancer has been willing to do: examine the evidence and recommend that mammogram screening start later and be performed less frequently. The response from politicians, the news media and some physicians was swift, predictable and misguided.
  • Muzzled vet should spur high court to action
    Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, so promiscuously and on so many fronts. The most egregious examples come from campuses and Congress. On campuses, censorship proliferates as political advocacy is confined to designated spaces. In Congress, 54 Democratic senators voted last year to amend the First Amendment to empower Congress to regulate the quantity, content and timing of political campaign speech.
  • Fear reduces huddled masses to scapegoated political fodder
    As anti-refugee hysteria strikes many of our political leaders, particularly Republicans, I wonder what they would have told a desperate refugee family fleeing the Middle East. You’ve heard of this family: a carpenter named Joseph; his wife, Mary; and their baby son, Jesus.
  • Right channels panic into politics
    Erick Erickson, the editor in chief of the website, is a serious power in right-wing circles. Speechifying at RedState’s annual gathering is a rite of passage for aspiring Republican politicians, and Erickson made headlines this year when he disinvited Donald Trump from the festivities.