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September 2, 2014

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Why can’t we talk about this? Candidates need to debate
Politicians too often duck the public when, by virtue of the positions they are trying to win, they should be telling people exactly what they think.
US policy of not paying ransoms for kidnapped Americans is on target
Before decapitating American photojournalist James Foley in the desert dirt, the insurgents of Islamic State sought — and failed — to persuade the United States to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release. The United States, in keeping with its long-standing policy …

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Letters to the Editor

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School situation is no surprise
Three years ago, when I was forced into retirement (after 30 years of excellent performance reviews in Michigan and Clark County) and replaced by a younger, grant-sponsored, less expensive “newbie,” I contacted the personnel department about substitute teaching. While still employed by the district, I was instructed to go online and complete the application process, including new transcripts (from the 1960s-70s no less), a new tuberculosis test and new fingerprinting — all at my expense.
By Joanne Schwartz, Las Vegas
Get ready for a smoke-free Las Vegas
Smoke-free casinos in Las Vegas? Absolutely, yes!
By John W. McDonnell, Las Vegas
Passing more laws isn’t the answer
In the Aug. 24 letter “Will NRA back this plan?” responding to Nicholas Kristof’s comment comparing gun and auto deaths, the writer states “at least auto operators must have insurance to protect second and third parties.”
By Carl Finzer, Henderson
Understanding what ‘natural’ is
Thanks for the meaningful Aug. 25 article “What does ‘natural’ really mean?”
By Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Henderson
No excuses if the U.S. is attacked
If, in the future, America sees another catastrophe perpetrated by terrorists and commentators in the media start saying “how could this happen?” think back to what I’m about to say.
By Dana L. Stern Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
United States must exterminate ISIS
Today the civilized world as we know it is threatened by the ignorance of left-wing extremism blinded by its ideological resistance to an all-out eradication of the savagery of radical Islam.
By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
Different views on the U.S. wealth gap
An analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor’s says the wealth gap is slowing the United States’ economic growth. We the nonrich already knew that.
By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Something missing at casinos today
I’ve just returned home from Santa Fe Station, where I gave the staff one last chance to show how much they love me, as per Station Casinos’ familiar tagline “We Love Locals.”
By Jeff Silverman, Las Vegas
Wealthy Bieber escapes justice
I guess money does talk. Justin Bieber cut a plea deal in a Miami DUI case if he takes a 12-hour anger-management course and donates $50,000 to charity.
By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Don’t get involved in the ISIS mess
It’s time to address the hysterical overreaction to the ISIS threat. It does not have an air force or a navy, and it is much more of a threat to its fellow Muslims than it is to us.
By Stan McClure, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Is everyone a little bit racist?
    Let’s start with what we don’t know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.
  • Could Disney drones make us spend even more at theme parks?
    I’m trying to imagine the future of drones flying over Disney World.
  • My electronic summer by the lake
    It’s a lovely evening at my wife’s shared summer home, next to Lake Winnipesaukee. The water is perfectly calm, and the night is clear; the occasional late-August shooting star rushes up the sky dome to the Milky Way.
  • Renaming ISIS condos a wise move
    In the early 1980s, Larry King used to pitch an appetite-suppressant candy on his nationally syndicated radio talk show.
  • Fix immigration fully
    Fix what ails immigration now or risk another 11 million unauthorized workers later.
  • He has a dream
    As he has grown weary of Washington, President Barack Obama has shed parts of his presidency like drying petals falling off a rose.
  • 2014 and the limits of rage
    The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors races.
  • Press freedom under fire in Ferguson
    Journalists in Ferguson, Mo., don’t face as many risks as our colleagues in Syria, but that’s not much to brag about.
  • What happens after Ice Bucket Challenge dries up?
    I’m thinking about the aftermath of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Like so many other people, I ended up posting a video on Facebook showing a bucket of ice water being poured over my head, challenging three other people to do the same, and then making a donation to the ALS Association, which fights the progressive neuro-degenerative ailment known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • The president who won’t look at me
    I have a complaint about our president. Mine differs from the complaints from kooks convinced he’s a Kenyan-conceived commie committed to conspiracy to convert our country to a caliphate.
  • Kicking the football habit unless game changes
    A few years ago, I began to feel guilty about watching football. What started it were the revelations about brain damage we now know the game caused in many retired players. But there was plenty more — the cynical commercialization of the sport, its cultish celebration of violence and the more subtle ways in which football warps our societal attitudes about race, gender and sexual orientation.
  • Truth about patient No. 9413
    My mother was a woman hollowed out like a tree struck by lightning. I wanted to know why.
  • Why Obama won’t abandon Israel
    The ongoing Gaza crisis seems to have broken a lot of crockery in the U.S.-Israel relationship.
  • Black, white and baseball in Philadelphia
    If you were looking last week for a thread of hope amid all the hurt in America and savagery abroad, for something to thrill to and cheer about, this is where you found it, on a baseball diamond in central Pennsylvania that really did amount to a field of dreams.
  • Our thoroughly modern enemies
    In his remarks on the murder of James Foley, the American journalist decapitated by the terrorists of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama condemned Foley’s killers, appropriately, as a “cancer” on the Middle East and the world. But he also found room for the most Obama-ish of condemnations: “One thing we can all agree on,” he insisted, is that the would-be caliphate’s murderous vision has “no place in the 21st century.”