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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
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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.
Photo: Matt Teasley was the first Clark County firefighte
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.
Gitmo exists in defiance of legal logic
Thursday, July 30, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, isn’t going to be closed during President Barack Obama’s administration — or beyond — despite the administration’s efforts. That raises a deep question about foreign policy and the rule of law: What if Guantanamo never closes and some of its detainees remain there for the rest of their lives?
Questions surround Sandra Bland’s arrest and apparent suicide
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Other Voices:
I have so many questions about the case in which Sandra Bland was arrested in a small Texas town and died in police custody. These are questions that ought to be easy to answer, questions I suspect many others share. Here are just some of my areas of inquiry.
Food isn’t best tool to halt famine
Thursday, July 30, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
One gauge of the famine looming in South Sudan is that people are simply collapsing from hunger.
Photo: Olivia Newton-John and Donny Osmond at the Flaming
Donny Osmond recovering from throaty concerns; ‘Absinthe’ joins the (night) club
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Even the term sounds uncomfortable: bleeding polyp. It is the vocal condition from which Donny Osmond has been suffering for the past several weeks. At issue is a lesion on his right vocal chord that ...
Should Congress defund Planned Parenthood following video revelations?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
Planned Parenthood is back in the news after a pro-life investigative group released videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the price to sell organs and other material from aborted fetuses for medical research. Conservative politicians are calling again for the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood; defenders say the videos don’t prove Planned Parenthood broke any federal law.
Trump is calling out GOP establishment for double standards
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump. The party created the rough beast it is now trying to slay.
There will be winners and losers as pay increases
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
Once upon a time there was nearly a consensus among economists that raising the minimum wage was a bad idea. The market is really good at setting prices on things, whether it is apples or labor. If you raise the price on a worker, employers will hire fewer and you’ll end up hurting the people you meant to help.
Basin and Range National Monument deserves bipartisan support
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
As a retired Republican county commissioner who now devotes a great deal of time to wildlife and landscape photography, I travel around the West to capture its great natural beauty.
Suing to make books more expensive is horrible storyline for consumers
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
As Americans set out to the beach this summer with their favorite novels in hand, federal officials are being asked to sue the nation’s largest bookseller, Amazon.com. Why? For not having …

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