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June 30, 2015

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World turns other cheek as Sudan’s villages burn
Saturday, June 27, 2015
guest column:
The eight children in the Shanta family lived in a village of grass huts and had never turned on an electric light or worn a watch, never ridden in a car or even on a bicycle, never spoken on the telephone.
1960s were a formative time in our nation’s history
Friday, June 26, 2015
Guest Column:
In the summer of 1965, Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” and Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” were released, The Beatles’ film “Help!” played in theaters, the Medicare and Medicaid acts and the Voting Rights bill were signed into law, the Vietnam War escalated, the Watts riots occurred and Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game.
Racism’s roots still extend deep into America’s soil
Friday, June 26, 2015
Guest Column:
If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive.
We’re outraged about shooting, yet resigned to defeat
Friday, June 26, 2015
Guest Column:
We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns.
Photo: New Westgate Las Vegas headliner Suzanne Somers at
New regime piloting Westgate entertainment; Somers shimmies back after summer
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau is reeling from a visit to Tuscany’s T Spot lounge where I encountered for the first time the metal band Tinnitus fronted by Jeff Tortora of the Blue Man Group band.
Alternatives to physician-assisted suicide often worse
Thursday, June 25, 2015
guest column:
Brittany Maynard, 29, died Nov. 1. To be more accurate, she killed herself.
End lifetime terms for Supreme Court justices
Thursday, June 25, 2015
guest column:
In the third season of “House of Cards,” conniving President Frank Underwood colludes with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jacobs on the timing of Jacobs’ retirement. Their plan: to have the justice step down before his Alzheimer’s disease becomes perceptible and before Underwood leaves office, but only after Underwood gets a controversial — and potentially unconstitutional — program up and running.
Baltimore and boy’s plight are case studies in nation’s racial, economic inequity
Thursday, June 25, 2015
guest column:
Meet Malachi, a charming toddler I met here. The first puzzle was that Malachi, at the age of 2 years and 4 months, says only two words: “no” and “ouch.” He doesn’t say “mom” or “dad.”
Greece’s hardships an example of socialism’s perils
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Guest Column:
Now come Greeks bearing the gift of confirmation that Margaret Thatcher was right about socialist governments: “They always run out of other people’s money.” Greece, from whose ancient playwrights Western drama descends, is in an absurdist melodrama about securing yet another cash infusion from international creditors. This would add another boulder to a mountain of debt almost twice the size of Greece’s gross domestic product. This protracted dispute will result in desirable carnage if Greece defaults, thereby becoming a constructively frightening example to all democracies doling out unsustainable, growth-suppressing entitlements.
Photo: Brooks, McEntire and Dunn reunite at Caesars Palac
Boot scootin’ fun: Country hits the Colosseum with Reba, Brooks & Dunn
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Kats Report:
Reba is largely responsible for the early success of Brooks & Dunn, and also for this residency.
Photo: 2014 Miss Nevada Ellie Smith performs the national
Circus action with Incredible Shrinking Jeff Beacher at MGM and Flying Wallenda at Caesars
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is bracing for a barnburner of a weekend, though the actual burning of a barn seems not in the offing.
Pope’s environmental position motivated by concern, not politics
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Guest Column:
“He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable is the bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society and interior peace.”
Maybe this time things will change
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
guest column:
Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshipers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.
Who decides when it’s safe for kids to be on their own?
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
guest column:
One of the more pressing concerns these days is what constitutes parental neglect of minor children — just how much freedom is unsafe when, as we are reminded almost daily, it appears that predators lurk almost everywhere.
It’s time to wipe out guilt-by-association tactics
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Where I Stand:
If the men in top authority are a gang of buggers, the nation is in peril, for its citizens can be destroyed through the flimsiest of …

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