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March 31, 2015

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Congressmen’s willingness to cash in on Yucca Mountain endangers Nevadans
Two of our congressmen, who are the least experienced in our Capitol Hill delegation, have much to learn when it comes to watching out for the safety, welfare and economic security of Nevadans.
Thank you, Harry
Nothing better epitomizes retiring U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's courage and commitment to Nevada than his ability to thwart the politically immoral effort to force lethal fuel rods from out-of-state nuclear power generators down our throats and into …
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Waiting for Rice’s breakout year
Were there any doubts that Coach Dave Rice would plead his case to keep his job for another year? He promised a “breakout year” to the athletic director. I guess the fifth year is the charm.
By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
President Obama has gone rogue
America is being led by a rogue president and his administration. The result is an America no longer recognizable by its traditional values and policies.
By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
Ban coyote killing contests in Nevada
The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners will be deciding whether to accept a petition to ban coyote killing contests in Nevada. California banned coyote killing contests in December 2014, and it would be a huge step for Nevada to be the next state to ban these inhumane and unnecessary activities.
By Erin Hauge, Sacramento, Calif.
We won’t fall for the Yucca joke
Presumptive GOP presidential candidate John Ellis Bush (“Jeb”) said during his Greenville, S.C., stop: “I’d have to look at what the other options are and the alternatives are, to be honest with you.” This is in reference to whether Yucca Mountain in Nevada (90 miles northwest of Las Vegas) should be used as the nation’s nuclear dumping ground.
By Ardelle Bellman, Las Vegas
Kill concealed carry bills
Do we now live in a society where a majority of citizens feel the need to be protected from everything all of the time, no matter the consequences? If so, something is very wrong with the society.
By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
This is not a more perfect union
It is my understanding that, as Americans, we should be working toward a more perfect union. Whether it’s curtailing reproductive and voting rights, refusing to implement reasonable gun control, not supporting education, impeding immigration or health care reforms, it seems we are headed in the wrong direction.
By Wanda Zaccone, Henderson
City needs better construction plan
The road construction that has turned Rampart Boulevard near the Summerlin Parkway into a nightmare for months on end is still in full swing. Now we have a new street project tearing things up at Cheyenne Avenue and Durango Drive. I live right in the middle of both these jobs.
By Jeff Silverman, Las Vegas
Federal Reserve should be audited
Kudos to Sen. Rand Paul for introducing his Audit the Fed Bill, SB 264. This bill calls for a long overdue comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve System.
By Clarence Lanzrath, Las Vegas
Registration fees inhibit economy
A recent letter asked why vehicle registration in our state is so high. I not only agree with the writer but suggest that because of the high fee, the state is losing revenue because people don’t register their cars on time after moving here.
Why haven’t gas prices decreased?
It was a great relief when a number of gas stations around the Las Vegas Valley dropped the price of regular unleaded below the $2-a-gallon mark recently. After a short time …
By Mark Kagan, North Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Why Nevada lawmakers should support ridesharing
    On a recent business trip to Las Vegas to promote the International CES, I had to wait 30 minutes outside the Las Vegas Convention Center for a cab. That’s time I could have spent meeting with hotel execs, scouting new exhibit space or exploring the city’s vibrant downtown tech scene.
  • Who says economics is hard?
    Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers — many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte — produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire.
  • Why Jeb Bush might lose
    If you’re keeping score during the endless 2016 preseason, last week was pretty good for Jeb Bush.
  • Feeling that post-Monica remorse
    A surprising contriteness has taken hold of Bill Maher and David Letterman about one of their favorite high-value targets: Monica Lewinsky.
  • What Ted Cruz knows
    Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have.
  • Tourists won’t want to come to a radioactive Las Vegas
    Nevada must reject any offer Congress makes to open Yucca Mountain in exchange for enhanced federal funding. The reason is simple: Any deal is not worth the risk.
  • Congressmen’s willingness to cash in on Yucca Mountain endangers Nevadans
    Two of our congressmen, who are the least experienced in our Capitol Hill delegation, have much to learn when it comes to watching out for the safety, welfare and economic security of Nevadans.
  • Businesses on board with education reforms
    I have lived in Las Vegas for 43 years, and I have never seen so much support for an issue from so many disparate groups. Two former Democratic governors — Richard Bryan and Bob Miller — and two Republican governors — Robert List and Brian Sandoval — support an education reform plan ...
  • Hillary Clinton’s big test
    The political world is stuck in the middle of an accelerating protocol crisis. All sorts of customary acts of self-restraint are being washed away. It used to be that senators didn’t go out campaigning against one another. It used to be they didn’t filibuster except in rare circumstances. It used to be they didn’t block presidents’ nominees routinely.
  • Starbucks’ effort to talk about race is better than silence
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz urged baristas to engage customers in discussions about race and inequality — as if his employees already were not busy enough trying to tell my coffee-and-espresso-shot from the next guy’s vanilla latte.
  • The right way to sanction Iran
    While lawmakers discuss how best to undo the nuclear deal President Barack Obama and his team have diligently pursued over the past 18 months, they leave fallow a far more important and positive area in which they could contribute: how to respond in the event a deal is not reached.
  • Two women, opposite fortunes
    This is the tale of two women, each an emblem, in her own way, of one of the world’s most corrupt and dysfunctional nations.
  • A woman’s place is on the $20 bill
    You may have heard there’s a movement afoot to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. Finally, we’ve got a current event that’s not depressing.
  • Netanyahu must embrace peace
    The outcomes of the Israeli elections are a great personal victory for Benjamin Netanyahu, who, a few days earlier, was being dismissed by pundits as a relic of the past. Indeed, this is a double victory: Not only will Netanyahu be able to form a stable, right-wing government, but his government also will be able to address a major grievance of the Israelis in recent years — the socio-economic one.
  • Trillion-dollar fraudsters
    By now it’s a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar “magic asterisk” — a line that promises huge spending cuts and/or revenue increases, but without explaining where the money is supposed to come from.