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August 2, 2015

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Gratitude changes our worldview
Sunday, August 2, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
I’m sometimes grumpier when I stay at a nice hotel. I have certain expectations about the service that’s going to be provided. I get impatient if I have to crawl around looking for a power outlet, if the shower controls are unfathomable or if the place considers itself too fancy to put a coffee machine in each room. I’m sometimes happier at a budget motel, where my expectations are lower, and where a functioning iron is a bonus and the waffle maker in the breakfast area is a treat.
Ballerina Misty Copeland is long-awaited role model for young black girls
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Other Voices:
Everyone is talking about Misty Copeland, a dancer with the renowned American Ballet Theatre who is black. However, what we aren’t talking about is how important her accomplishments are for a demographic that has grown up without that type of role model. She offers hope to a generation of women in today’s work force.
Here is a win-win for clean energy on federal land
Here is a win-win for clean energy on federal land
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Where I Stand:
Last year around this time I wrote an article highlighting a groundbreaking event at the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ), about 25 miles north of town. For the first time ...
Medicare must survive zombies
Sunday, August 2, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
Medicare turned 50 last week, and it has been a very good half-century. Before the program went into effect, Ronald Reagan warned that it would destroy American freedom; it didn’t, as far as anyone can tell. What it did do was provide a huge improvement in financial security for seniors and their families, and in many cases it has literally been a lifesaver.
Steve Wynn looking for a ‘belter’ to fill void left by ‘Showstoppers' singer
Steve Wynn looking for a ‘belter’ to fill void left by ‘Showstoppers' singer
Saturday, August 1, 2015
“Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” auditions are ongoing for a principal female singer in the production at Encore Theater. The departing cast member is Kerry O’Malley ...
Photo: Dirk Arthur
Big-cat illusionist Dirk Arthur lands on his feet at Westgate Las Vegas
Friday, July 31, 2015
It’s not easy to pinpoint the number of lives for Dirk Arthur, but it is likely about the same number as a cat. One of the city’s great survivors, Arthur has lived through yet another hotel ownership change and closure and ...
Trump force-feeds GOP its own nauseating medicine
Friday, July 31, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
The adults patrolling the playpen of Republican politics are appalled that we’ve become a society in which it’s OK to make fun of veterans, to call anyone who isn’t rich a loser, to cast an entire group of newly arrived strivers as rapists and shiftless criminals.
Gay marriage took a giant leap for mankind
Friday, July 31, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
The movement of same-sex marriage from a fringe notion to accepted law was one of the swiftest progressions in American social history. The female vote, racial integration, the rights of the disabled — all took decades to win. In contrast, same-sex marriage won acceptance in a relative flash.
Kids these days ... put us older folks to shame
Friday, July 31, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
The time-honored way to speak about young people is with horror. They’re wild, reckless, irresponsible, narcissistic, immoral and hopeless — and always have been.
Take steps to back up our wager with Iran, make the best of it
Friday, July 31, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
From the minute Iran detected that the U.S. was unwilling to use its overwhelming military force to curtail Tehran’s nuclear program — and that dates back to the George W. Bush administration, which would neither accept Iran’s right to a nuclear fuel cycle nor structure a military or diplomatic option to stop it — no perfect deal overwhelmingly favorable to America and its allies was ever going to emerge from negotiations with Iran. The balance of power became too equal.
Officer who arrested Bland failed to do his job
Friday, July 31, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
Evidence points to suicide, not homicide, as the cause of a Chicago-area woman’s death in a Texas jail cell outside Houston, officials say. Yet, the arresting officer’s dash-cam video raises serious questions as to why Sandra Bland was arrested in the first place.
Efficiency programs save energy and money
Friday, July 31, 2015
guest column:
A study of the energy savings from a home-weatherization program for low-income residents in Michigan has received much media attention, including from the Sun (“Study: Home efficiency upgrades fall short, don’t pay,” lasvegassun.com, June 24). The study is misleading, if not fundamentally flawed. And it has been misused to claim that all types of energy-efficiency programs are uneconomical. This is not the case.
‘Go Set a Watchman’ is a tale of greed, not wonder
Friday, July 31, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
Called away on family business, I was afraid I’d missed the sweet spot for commentary on the Harper Lee/“To Kill a Mockingbird”/“Go Set a Watchman” controversy — that moment right after “Watchman’s” release July 14 when it was all anybody in literary circles could talk about.
First responder marks rapid-moving events of Cosmopolitan fire
First responder marks rapid-moving events of Cosmopolitan fire
Thursday, July 30, 2015
It’s rare that a first call for a fire at a fire station is made by a firefighter running into that station. The front door of Station 32 is a little less than 500 feet from ...
Iran deal errors carry lesson for an arrogant Obama
Thursday, July 30, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, N.M. The anniversary underscored the fact that the agreement is aimed at thwarting proliferation of technology seven decades old.

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