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April 19, 2015

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It’s time we empower people to make their own electricity
Homeowners also can plug into solar power, thanks to technology that has been miniaturized to allow homeowners to install photovoltaic systems, unfortunately, the state Legislature has limited to 3 percent the number of NV Energy customers who can plug into rooftop panels. That cap probably will be reached by year’s end ...
There must be a better way to protect people at bus stops
Several years ago, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada began moving bus benches and shelters farther from the street, driven by studies showing 80 percent of all roadway crashes nationwide are contained to within four feet of the road. RTC officials suggest little more can be done to protect the lives of people who need a bus to get to work or go shopping. We’re not so sure ...

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A chance for women to show strength
When Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic Party nomination for president of the United States and wins the election to be our first female president in 2016, I hope and pray this will be …
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By John Tominsky, Las Vegas
It’s about money, not the middle class
Why does Warren Buffett not put a rooftop system on every house in America, charge a small fee every month and skip to the bank with the profits? Because even though …
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
Change directions on climate change
Whether you’re a Pacific Islander preparing for a super typhoon bearing down on you, a Floridian contemplating a rising sea level exacerbating a contentious battle between your fresh water supply and the sea, or a Westerner suffering through a long Lake Mead draining drought, you realize …
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By Dwayne Morton, Las Vegas
Eliminate cap on solar net metering
As a rooftop solar power owner/leaser in Las Vegas, I’m happy to be saving money on my power bills, exercising choice as to where I get my electricity and supporting the growth of a booming industry in our state. That’s why I’m so concerned that the state’s growth in this area could …
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By Pam Stuckey, Las Vegas
Why Cruz opted to use Obamacare
Once Ted Cruz’s wife left her job to join her husband on the presidential campaign trail and had to give up her health insurance (that Ted Cruz was on), Cruz had to find health insurance for …
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By Bruce Kotzky, Las Vegas
Why not offer Volvo a deal?
If Nevada offered a tax deal to Tesla to build batteries, why not …
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By Gil Eisner, Las Vegas
Urge legislators to ban coyote killings
Sadly, we just read that the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners has rejected the ban. What a terrible message to …
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By Don Anderson and Nancy Anderson, Las Vegas
Use trash bins in our parks
People almost demand a beautiful park to have their picnics and peaceful walks in but neglect to realize that the inhabitants of their park, the wildlife, are
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By Elizabeth Poole, Las Vegas
Wake up before it’s too late, America
All Americans, regardless of party, want to avoid a nuclear threat that would destroy America. Therefore, the only place most of us diverge is whether the threat from Iran is grave enough.
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
An explanation of AB 277 needed
Assemblymen Erven Nelson and John Ellison and Sen. Joe Hardy’s sponsorship of Assembly Bill 277 is simply a smokescreen, a veiled attempt to further divide the populace to garner political favor with religious conservatives, knowing full well that a majority of the affected groups of American citizens will never vote for them anyway. Many of us are not completely clear about the relationship between AB 277 and the Nevada Constitution’s “free exercise clause” and need to better understand this bill’s intent. Please enlighten us.
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Germanwings tragedy implies mental health issues, remedies begin in each community
    When Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally flew a passenger jet carrying 150 people into the French Alps, the world shook. It is believed at this time that Lubitz suffered from a serious mental health issue that may have played a role in his actions. Today, the story has slipped away from the headlines as those affected begin the process of healing. However, the topic of mental health needs to stay in the news until functional remedies for mental illness become fact.
  • Time is right for a woman in the Oval Office
    From the mouths of babes — and into the hearts and minds of their mothers. Their grandmothers. Their aunts, sisters and cousins. The 2016 presidential election could shape up to mirror the instincts of a 6-year-old child.
  • It takes a party to make an election
    So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody’s surprise. And you know what’s coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyze the candidate, endless attempts to read significance into what she says or doesn’t say about President Barack Obama, endless thumb-sucking about her “positioning” on this or that issue.
  • Grandmama Mia!
    When my brother Michael was a Senate page, he delivered mail to John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who had offices across the hall from each other.
  • Smart girls vs. bombs
    Last fall, President Barack Obama slapped back at critics by citing what he called a foreign-policy success: Yemen.
  • What if we didn’t have video?
    Once again, what a difference a video makes. As soon as I saw the cellphone video of the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager of the North Charleston Police Department in South Carolina, I wondered how the apologists for police misconduct were going to spin this one.
  • Is history finally on Hillary’s side?
    Is history finally on Hillary’s side?
    That was quick. Strike up “Happy Days Are Here Again” and cue the balloon drop. Better yet, Democrats could skip the whole primaries-and-convention thing and let Hillary Clinton …
  • Smartphones capturing widespread abuse, changing world of policing
    A generation ago, when someone complained of police misconduct, we would learn that a police spokesperson denied the accusation and that was that. Because we were not there and did not know those involved, it was impossible to …
  • What candidates need
    Desired traits can be seen in Lincoln’s example
    Any candidate worthy of support should at least have in rudiments what Lincoln had in fullness: a fundamental vision, a golden temperament and a shrewd …
  • Injuring the quest for justice?
    Last week the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued its damning report about the journalistic lapses by Rolling Stone magazine when it published a salacious, and now-discredited, story about a supposed gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house. The report blasted the magazine for …
  • The Canadian health care revolution
    Consistent with the modest character of this province at the center of a country that revels in modesty, a modest commemorative sits in front of a modest two-story home. Right here, at 814 Saskatchewan Crescent in the Nutana residential neighborhood of Saskatoon, rests a small historical plaque that for months of the year is covered by snow — but that tells a story that transformed Saskatchewan …
  • Where government excels
    As Republican presidential hopefuls trot out their policy agendas — which always involve cutting taxes on the rich while slashing benefits for the poor and middle class — some real new thinking is happening on the other side of the aisle. Suddenly, it seems, many Democrats have decided to …
  • Enjoying the low life?
    The United States is the most powerful colossus in the history of the world: Our nuclear warheads could wipe out the globe, our enemies tweet on iPhones, and kids worldwide bop to Beyoncé. Yet, let’s get real. All this hasn’t …
  • Why it’s vitally important to strengthen federal Freedom of Information Act
    The Freedom of Information Act remains a powerful, though currently inefficient, tool to obtain public information. Last year, several key stories were brought to light as a result of …
  • Five hope-and-change takeaways from Nigeria’s election
    For the first time since its independence, Africa’s most populous and economically powerful country voted an incumbent president out of office, defying all expectations. At a time when democratic good news is hard to come by, what went right in …