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July 25, 2016

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Beware of following the lead of playground bullies
July 25, 2016
We all have an obligation to rein in violence, and the taunting threat of violence. Indulging in thoughts of violently acting out — whether it’s a renegade cattle rancher or a bully presidential candidate — rips at the fabric of law and order that we all depend on as a civil society.
Trump and truth start with letter T but have little else in common
July 24, 2016
We applaud Donald Trump for his promise, at the start of his acceptance speech as the Republican Party’s candidate for president, to set out “a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation. I will …
Short-term loans shouldn’t make finances even worse
July 18, 2016
There’s no limit to the interest payday and title-loan companies can charge borrowers in Nevada (payday lenders charge an average annual rate of 521 percent, one of the highest in the country, according to 2014 Pew data).
Wild Wild West site looks like ideal place for NFL stadium
July 17, 2016
Welcome to your new home, Oakland Raiders. OK, that’s more than a bit premature, but Las Vegas appears to have come up with …
Soccer star David Beckham, center, smiles during a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee at UNLV Thursday, April 28, 2016. Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is at left.
Touchdown: Wild Wild West site looks like ideal place for NFL stadium
July 12, 2016
Welcome to your new home, Oakland Raiders. OK, that's more than a bit premature, but Las Vegas appears to have come up with an ideal site for a stadium to house the team. It is ...
Reshaping the school district will empower educators
July 11, 2016
The Legislature is mulling a fresh plan for empowerment schools, and it’s a doozy.
Shame on Nevada leaders who sell out on Yucca Mountain
July 6, 2016
Offering political payola to get Nevada to take it in the gut is despicable, and shame on any public officials from Nevada who would be seduced by such a conniving tactic …
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump makes a speech at his revamped Trump Turnberry golf course in Turnberry Scotland Friday June 24, 2016.
Editorial: Trump’s shallowness shows in remarks on Brexit
July 3, 2016
Among the many ways Donald Trump shows his weakness as a presidential candidate is his ignorance and clumsiness in matters of foreign policy and international relations. On the world stage, he betrays himself embarrassingly as a ...
Enough is enough; GOP needs to return to nation’s business
July 3, 2016
The Republican Party has done everything conceivable to hold Hillary Clinton personally culpable in the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in the Libyan seaside city of Benghazi in 2012. Eight times, Republicans …
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Phoenix.
GOP candidates who support Trump must explain why — in detail
June 26, 2016
The most important and telling litmus test of all is one that we put to the Republican candidates, and which will speak volumes about their character. The question requires a simple yes-or-no answer, no equivocating, no waffling, no shrugging it off. Do want Donald Trump to be ...
Health board’s priority should be patient care, not money
June 26, 2016
There are times when government identifies smart ways to operate as efficiently as possible. Witness how city halls have trimmed their days of business back to four a week, or various …
The blood that’s shed when intolerance is perpetuated
June 19, 2016
An unbalanced person might be seduced by terrorists, but it is within our own country that he may be emboldened by the irresponsible remarks of a politician spewing thoughtless rhetoric, or the ready availability of the assault weapons adored by the National Rifle Association.
Trump’s reaction to shootings: criticism of Obama, self-praise
June 15, 2016
First, and unbearably, there are the dead. Forty-nine young men and women at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., doing what young men and women everywhere do on a …
What happens when educators think outside the box
June 13, 2016
A terrific instructor can teach 30 kids a year, or help groom 20 new instructors to be terrific teachers for 30 kids a year. One experienced mentor influencing the education of 600 students in one year — and many thousands more as new teachers are successively mentored over coming years — is far-and-away the better formula.
Business leaders effectively deliver Nevada’s message to D.C.
June 6, 2016
This is the 11th year the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has organized a trip to the nation's capital, and members have become so accomplished at meeting and influencing the right people that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks the Las Vegas group as one of the most politically effective chambers in the country in campaigning for bills that benefit the folks back home.

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NRA wears the pants in its marriage with GOP
Who carries the most weight, 90 percent of Republicans who say yes to a law that would prohibit people on the no-fly list from buying a weapon, or the NRA? What about 92 percent of people who …
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By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
Say yes to Question 1 to curb gun violence in Nevada
We cannot afford to stand idly by any longer as our communities are hurt by gun violence. As a mom, a businesswoman and a Nevadan, it is imperative to me that we stand together as a community to help prevent …
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By Elaine Sanchez, Las Vegas
As ex-LAPD chief pointed out, police officers are only human
The late Daryl Gates, former Los Angeles Police Department chief, said it best when he stated, ““I’d have a perfect police department if …
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By Bill Wilson, Henderson
Gold Butte should get designation
We have an incredible resource in our backyard: Gold Butte. A 350,000-acre scenic wonderland, Gold Butte is truly one of this country’s most beautiful and culturally diverse landscapes. Visitors are treated to such sights as …
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By Alan O’Neill, Henderson
Hispanics are great for America
The truth is, Hispanic immigrants have helped make America the great country it is with their contributions: hard work, intelligence, family values, etc. Illegal immigration is wrong but it’s a problem in which …
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By Clyde Dinkins, Las Vegas
Secure energy future is key to Nevada’s tourism success
Arguments on global warming aside, I think we need to look at this from another perspective. I see our major industry, tourism, and energy inextricably linked. Energy is what allows people …
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By Monica Brett, Las Vegas
Democrats clearly far more unified than Republicans
Party unity on both sides of the aisle is the topic of political conversation nowadays. The sooner it happens and the more complete it is, the better for the …
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By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
We’re all the same inside; celebrate what makes you unique
Trying hopelessly to make sense of this year, I came to a conclusion. It didn’t start in Newtown, Conn., and it …
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By Sandra Miner, Las Vegas