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July 29, 2014

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How a fight in Congress could hurt Nevada’s roadways — and much more
Congress has to pass a plan in a hurry to make sure the Highway Trust Fund has money to continue operating. If it doesn’t, it would be an economic disaster ...
Radical right’s ‘patriot’ movement is really just anarchy
That a group of U.S. citizens took up arms against their government to defend Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay grazing fees he has owed for decades is symptomatic of a larger political and cultural shift, a new report has found. The repercussions are scary and dangerous.

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Energy efficiency isn’t built piecemeal
Once again proposed statewide energy efficiency standards are in the news.
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Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Getting past GOP obstruction
So Republicans thought they could keep the Obama administration from accomplishing anything by just saying no to everything.
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Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Understand the role of Congress
The writer of the July 19 letter “John Boehner should be fired” seems to believe that Congress should obey President Barack Obama in every piece of legislation he proposes.
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By Don Davis, Henderson
Securing border isn’t the solution
In response to the July 20 letter “Washington won’t listen to us,” I have a question: What is a secure border? Is it a border that completely stops all travel, trade and traffic? Or one that stops only illicit travel, trade and traffic? Many nations have walls or fences with borders near high-population areas, but many don’t.
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By Dwayne Morton, Las Vegas
Koch brothers’ newspaper effect
I normally do not bother to read or comment on articles I find on editorial pages, as I usually find them written by scared, angry white guys flailing about this perceived threat or saying who’s to blame for that grossly misunderstood issue. However, I recently had the opportunity to read the editorial pages of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Sun.
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By Gary Warshefski, Boulder City
It’s wrong to blame religion for wars
I am writing in response to the July 18 letter “The problem of organized religion.” With all due respect, this belief that organized religion is the cause of wars, and all that goes with it — pain, bloodshed and mayhem — is as old as the hills and is once again based on mankind’s limited earthly minds. It’s also an easy accusation to make.
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By Marte Jones, Las Vegas
Obama wants to ‘remake America’?
It seems like every time I see or hear President Barack Obama give a speech, he somehow interjects the words “remake America.”
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By Clarence Lanzrath, Las Vegas
Columnist Kristof wrong about Israel
Nicholas Kristof is an editorialist who is capable of great moral clarity, but in “Leading through great loss,” his July 19 column on the Israel-Hamas conflict, Kristof inadvertently exposes his true feelings and in the process his antipathy toward Israel.
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By Henry Soloway, Las Vegas
States working together at border
Great, it’s about time Texas Gov. Rick Perry put 1,000 National Guard troops on his border with Mexico. What is Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer waiting for? She’s been complaining about illegal immigrants in her state for a while.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Impeach Obama to put our nation first
First off, I would like to commend Brian Greenspun for the way he has run the Sun all these years. Since moving here the end of 2003, I have subscribed to the local papers. During that time, the Sun has published more than a dozen of my letters despite them being mostly in opposition to the left.
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By Malcolm Telloian, North Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Paul Ryan’s new clothes
    Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made in his major anti-poverty speech.
  • The rise of the left coast
    The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering a lesson to those willing to learn from experience.
  • Despair is not an option in Gaza
    Once again, Israelis and Palestinians have been plunged into another round of violence, which only brings bloodshed and destruction, breeds more hatred and plants the seeds of the next round.
  • Obamacare teeters on a typo
    Remember how Democrats rushed into passing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act back in 2010 while they still had the votes? Now health care for millions teeters on a typo.
  • Perry’s border campaign
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a response to the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. He’s calling up the National Guard. To do what? Provide day care?
  • Historians will recall our leaders’ inaction
    When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Hamas and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.
  • Shootdown reveals NATO weakness
    The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has claimed yet another casualty: the NATO alliance.
  • Breaking up California doesn’t make sense
    Chop California in six? Tim Draper’s idea just doesn’t add up. As a native Californian who was born in Oakland, raised in the San Fernando Valley, schooled in Berkeley and now living in Venice, I’d like to say one thing to Timothy Draper, the Silicon Valley kajillionaire pushing the idiotic breakup of the Golden State:
  • Why I won’t run in Pamplona
    Pamplona’s storied bull run created some extra interest recently when a perturbed toro named Brevito inflicted a nasty horn wound on Bill Hillmann’s right thigh.
  • Seeing the facts in a world of death
    At some point, Americans let the facts get in the way of a bad argument. Unlike the difficulty we are experiencing in Washington, D.C., where it is abundantly clear that facts have nothing to do with the arguments of the far right — and, yes, for a few on the other end of the scale, too — it is apparent that the facts, as they are unfolding in the fight between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, actually do carry weight among most Americans.
  • A meeting place for nations divided
    In the mid-1980s, the border between Tijuana and Southern California was a showcase of America’s failed immigration enforcement. On a busy night, thousands of people slipped into the United States illegally.
  • He’s still a popular president
    The thing about him is, he just keeps going. At 67, he continues to be, as Anna Quindlen once wrote, like one of those inflatable toys with sand weighting the bottom — you knock him over and he pops back up.
  • Addicted to inflation
    The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. That goes for political movements as well as individuals. So I have some advice for so-called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right: You need to start by facing up to the fact that your movement is in the grip of some uncontrollable urges. In particular, it’s addicted to inflation — not the thing itself, but the claim that runaway inflation is either happening or about to happen.
  • Moon landing brought us together
    It was, after all, only a boot crunching dust. You wouldn’t think the sight would affect so many or change so much.
  • Downside of giving weapons
    The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to nonstate actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Barack Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.