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September 1, 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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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
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
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
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
Planned Parenthood provides vital care
This country’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care is once again being targeted by anti-choice extremists. This time they pretended to be a health care research company to trick and film Planned Parenthood staff. The videos they created are …
By Lucy Flores, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • 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 …
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gaming industry can lead the way in gender equality
    As a woman who’s been involved in government and corporate America for decades, I’ve been speaking and writing about the role of women ...
  • 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.”
  • Jeb Bush must live up to his punctuation
    In politics, the smallest things often turn out to be the most telling ones, and so it is with the man who was supposed to be the Republican front-runner, who once inspired such rapture among party elders and whose entrance into the presidential race they yearned and clamored for.
  • Use of body cameras should increase trust in officers
    Body cameras are on the verge of changing policing as we know it. But along with the promise of more transparency and accountability come tough policy choices. A particularly thorny question is whether officers who use force against individuals should be permitted to view the video footage of their encounters before writing their incident reports.
  • Gays still victims of brutal atrocities
    As he tried to concentrate on his final college exams, he couldn’t erase the terrifying images in his head, an endless replay of a video he’d seen. It showed two men being killed — their necks noosed, their bodies dragged through the streets and set on fire. They had burned, he told me, because they were gay.
  • Autism Speaks must listen more to people most affected by disorder
    For a couple of decades now, Americans have been engaged in a wide-ranging and often heated conversation about autism. About what causes it, whether there’s more of it than there used to be, and whether it can be cured. About whether autism is a disorder, a disability or a different way of being. About whether the condition is overdiagnosed or underdiagnosed, and which early interventions are most helpful for children.
  • American Jews should stand up for Iran deal
    This month, Roland Moskowitz, a Cleveland physician, and Sandra Lippy, a retired health care executive of Boca Raton, Fla., got on the line with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. As two people who have been active in major Jewish organizations, they were among thousands of American Jews invited to listen to a webcast whose message was: Oppose the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Trump struts in his own pageant
    As Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush get more testy, Donald Trump gets more chesty. And more blond.
  • Trump’s immigration ‘plan’ is rooted in failure
    Viewed through the lens of America’s civil rights history, Donald Trump’s new call to repeal birthright citizenship chimes with an ominous ring.
  • Trump’s chances of winning are poor, but he has rocked political foundation
    In many ways, Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency is so preposterous that it demands to be dismissed as a joke. This would be a mistake.