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September 1, 2015

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Why NV Energy needs to step up its solar-power game
Aug. 30, 2015
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
Aug. 16, 2015
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.
New plan for solar users needs careful, expert review
Aug. 9, 2015
NV Energy has come up with a proposal, which it submitted to the Public Utilities Commission, to charge new solar customers a monthly fee that in principle makes sense. But the details are puzzling.
In editing report, chancellor interferes with regents, lawmakers
Aug. 2, 2015
The chairman of the Board of Regents, which governs the Nevada System of Higher Education, has hired an attorney at a cost of $595 an hour, up to a $50,000 max, to ...
Editorial: Download an app to report issues to City Hall
Aug. 2, 2015
North Las Vegas is trying to make it easier to notify City Hall when something needs attention. Henderson and Las Vegas figured out a few years ago how to help residents conquer bureaucracy and get action. The solution: a smartphone app ...
Editorial: The ball is in PUC’s court for Nevada to get greener
July 26, 2015
The state Public Utilities Commission is being asked by NV Energy to approve construction of a solar panel array in North Las Vegas to serve one of the power company’s largest customers, Internet data center Switch ...
This gun control tactic is hard to shoot down
July 20, 2015
Aside from picking office holders, Nevada voters next year will have the opportunity to help keep guns out of the wrong hands. Granted, we can’t always identify “the wrong hands,” but as a society, we at least can try to weed out those people who, on the face of it, shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon ...
Ole Miss replaced Colonel Reb with a black bear in 2010 while Hey Reb! remains the UNLV mascot.
Has UNLV distanced itself enough from Confederacy?
July 13, 2015
To their credit, UNLV students and administrators long ago tried to disassociate our Rebels from the Confederacy. Though the university held on to the name and kept gray as one of its school colors, it removed the Confederate flag from its football helmets and changed the mascot from Beauregard, the Confederate uniform-wearing wolf ...
The Mobile Environmental Radiation Laboratory is moved from Las Vegas to Montgomery, Ala. The MERL, operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Radiological Emergency Response Team, takes samples from ground and water during the intermediate and late phases of a nuclear disaster response to help prioritize areas for additional monitoring and establishing perimeters for long-term cleanup efforts.
EPA missed chance to calm nerves
July 12, 2015
For those in the disaster business, one nightmare involves radiation spewing from a ravaged nuclear power plant, a terrorist’s dirty bomb, the mishandling of nuclear waste, a transportation catastrophe or a scenario not yet imagined. So naturally a wave of anxiety spread across the Western states — especially Nevada and California — when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it was going to move — this weekend, in fact — one of its two Mobile Environmental Radiation Laboratories from Las Vegas to Montgomery, Ala., to join the other one there, 2,000 miles away.
Editorial: Zeroing in on Washington to bring our money back home
July 5, 2015
Nevada is awful at the science and art of grantsmanship. In this government cash giveaway, we stand idly with our hands in our pockets. In fact, for eight of the past 10 years, Nevada has ranked 50th of 50 states for snagging federal money and putting it to use back home. The other two years, we were 49th ...
NALEO president Hon. Alex Padilla gives a welcome hug to Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she arrives on stage to speak at the NALEO conference on Thursday, June 18, 2015.
Editorial: As GOP candidates huddle with far right, Clinton deals with reality
June 28, 2015
To appreciate how high a priority is placed on Latino issues by Republican presidential candidates, just look at how many of them attended a recent national Latino leadership convention in Las Vegas ...
Editorial: We see a different Las Vegas than how the city is perceived
June 21, 2015
Among the 150 most populous cities in the United States, Las Vegas ranked 131, making it more worse than better for being conducive to a healthy and happy family life. These rankings make no sense to us ...
Editorial: Wondering whether Metro police show restraint?
June 14, 2015
A new video that brings us some comfort. It shows Metro Police dealing with a crowd issue on Tomiyasu Lane, which includes some of the most palatial estates in Clark County. What does this video show? Cops doing all the right things, peacefully and efficiently ...
Addressing needs of Southern Nevada, lawmakers did us proud
June 7, 2015
The 2015 Legislature will be distinguished by the gutsy leadership of Gov. Brian Sandoval in daring politicians to deal with reality and the needs of Southern Nevada. Responsible and politically selfless Democrats and Republicans heard ...
Editorial: Our suggestion for the best summer trips imaginable
May 31, 2015
With Memorial Day behind us and summer break beginning, conversations for many turn to trips filled with adventure to destinations both comfortable and unknown. The best trips of all, however — the most exciting, most important and most affordable — can be enjoyed by any and all of us because they occur in our own homes ...

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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 …
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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 …
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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:
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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.
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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 intheworks@clarkcountynv.gov.
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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,” lasvegassun.com, 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,” lasvegassun.com, Aug. 5).
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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.
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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?
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By Gary Musser, Las Vegas