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September 3, 2015

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Why NV Energy needs to step up its solar-power game
Nevada has an opportunity for a sea change in its approach to meeting energy needs, and the utility should embrace it ...
First came Tesla; now North Las Vegas awaits its moment
State legislators have a chance to give Southern Nevada’s economy — and the state’s — a significant boost, building on the momentum begun with the giant battery factory being built in the North.
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Catholic Church is a leader on science; look it up
Catherine Snow’s negative stance on “Should Americans heed the pope’s warning about climate change?” (Aug. 11) concludes: “Remember, when it comes to science, the church does not have the best track record. Turns out, Galileo was right. The Earth does revolve around the sun.”
By Grant Couch, North Las Vegas
Trump winner in race to the bottom
I kept thinking Donald Trump wouldn’t run for president. Then, I thought he blew it with John McCain, and then with Megyn Kelly. No matter what Trump says or does, the Republican base …
By Denise Kugler, Las Vegas
Teacher shortage shouldn’t be a shock
While reading Ian Whitaker’s story on the Clark County School District teacher shortage, I have to laugh. Did no one in the district see this …
By Wendy Gelbart, Las Vegas
GOP candidates’ boasts are frightful
Watching the GOP debate I couldn’t help but cringe in fear. They boasted proudly of bringing down unions, overhauling Social Security and eliminating Obamacare.
By Gloria Gonzalez, Las Vegas
County quickly fixed storm damage
In mid-June a storm caused damage to a portion of Twain Avenue at Edmond Street. The damage was virtually invisible from the road, so I sent an email to the Clark County Public Works folks with photos of a dangerous situation in which another storm would collapse the sidewalk and start undermining the street. The email address was
By James Geffert, Las Vegas
Banning abortion would only increase dangers
I couldn’t tell if George Will’s column “Planned Parenthood shows nation’s barbarity” (Las Vegas Sun, Aug. 6) was a movie review:
By Dale Quale, Las Vegas
Simple steps can prevent drownings
Nothing is more heartbreaking to me than a child’s death. As a parent of young children, I am deeply saddened to learn that 2-year-old Israel Hall died in a drowning at his northwest Las Vegas home (“Toddler’s death in Las Vegas apartment hot tub probed as drowning,”, Aug. 4). Within the past few weeks, there have also been two near-drownings in neighboring communities, leaving one toddler in critical condition (“Toddler in critical condition after being pulled from pool,”, Aug. 5).
By Elliot Kaye, Bethesda, Md.
Trump, like Cheney and Romney, is an elitist draft dodger
As a World War II veteran, it is always irritating to me that most rich people can avoid military service. I’m thinking about Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney and now Donald Trump, who were able to avoid the draft for the Vietnam War.
By George Haushahn, Las Vegas
Net-metering system is fair the way it is
Say this to yourself three times: Solar roofs are not wholesalers to NV Energy; they are for homes. The current net-metering program is fair for all. Currently, when installed, solar roofs are limited to 100 percent of the kilowatt-hours the homeowner used the previous year. Doesn’t that sound like the program is devoted to each home and not a wholesaler for NV Energy?
By Gary Musser, Las Vegas
Jeb Bush mixes messages about Iraq ‘victory’
Jeb Bush, GOP presidential candidate, has said American and allied forces won a hard-fought military victory in Iraq during the 2007-08 surge. He also claimed Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state at that time, stood by as the military victory was thrown away. The military offensive better known as the surge (2007-08) is a deeply flawed statement, claiming the war had been won by President George W. Bush, and that Barack Obama was the president who lost the war. Another big lie.
By Sam Pizzo, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • Dignity exists both in battling death and choosing it
    Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying.
  • Good riddance to patronizing MDA telethon
    As a person with muscular dystrophy, I’m relieved to know this will be the first Labor Day weekend of my adult life without a muscular dystrophy telethon.
  • Spot at debate’s main stage may be more risk than reward for Fiorina
    There is a strong desire in Republican circles for Carly Fiorina to be on the main stage in the next presidential debate.
  • Sacks helped many cope with mental illness
    America’s mental health community lost one of our best friends Sunday. Dr. Oliver Sacks, an acclaimed neurologist, professor and author of best-selling books on the brain including “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” and “Awakenings,” which became a 1990 movie starring Robin Williams, died from cancer in New York. He was 82.
  • We regulate pools and cars; how can guns be off-limits?
    The slaying of two journalists Aug. 26 as they broadcast live to a television audience in Virginia is still seared on our screens and in our minds, but it’s a moment not only to mourn but also to learn lessons from.
  • World War II veterans offer pearls of wisdom
    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the end of War World II, which serves as a reminder that our days of gleaning wisdom directly from the Greatest Generation are numbered.
  • Islamic State poses moral, political threat that can no longer be ignored
    The Islamic State atrocities have descended like distant nightmares upon the numbed conscious of the world. The first beheadings of Americans had the power to shock, but since then there has been a steady barrage of inhumanity: mass executions of Christians and others, throwing gay men from rooftops, the destruction of ancient archaeological treasures, the routine use of poison gas.
  • Republicans’ denial won’t defeat Trump
    I know you haven’t heard enough about Donald Trump recently, so here’s more: At this point, anyone who says he can’t win the Republican nomination is in deep denial.
  • The case for realism on the Iran nuclear deal
    Foreign-policy debates rarely get away from being reflections of domestic political conflicts, but they are also usually based on unstated assumptions and unacknowledged theories.
  • NV Energy needs to let customers take advantage of important resource
    Residential rooftop solar installers in Las Vegas are suffering whiplash! The National Clean Energy Summit convened Aug. 24 in Las Vegas and highlighted the wonderful, abundant solar resource we have and the promising future it presents. At the same time, a previously legislated cap was reached …
  • Trump speaks now, does harm later
    Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.
  • The Iran nuke deal would be OK if …
    Today I find myself in a similar position to that which caused my dad to knowingly and unflinchingly violate the laws of the United States in the ...
  • With lack of substance, Trump succeeds like a hot TV show
    This summer’s political madness was nicely captured by a confluence of recent events: While global financial markets teetered, the campaign news was dominated by Donald Trump’s personal feuds with journalists.
  • Tesla’s arrival in Northern Nevada shows if we build it, they will come
    Tesla’s arrival in Northern Nevada shows if we build it, they will come
    Last September, I wrote an editorial urging our Legislature to come together and pass the economic incentive package for Tesla in Northern Nevada. At the time I stated, “Let’s pass this historic legislative package and get to work following the same blueprint for the future success in Southern Nevada!” One year later, I can report we used this landmark bill as our blueprint and are on the verge of bringing Faraday Future, an economic game changer, to our region.
  • Believe it or not, we might want more debt
    Rand Paul said something funny the other day. No, really — although of course it wasn’t intentional. On his Twitter account he decried the irresponsibility of American fiscal policy, declaring, “The last time the United States was debt free was 1835.”