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July 30, 2015

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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 ...
Parents’ homework is to complete survey about Clark County schools
May 31, 2015
Most big businesses have customer service desks or toll-free numbers where you can complain about product quality or inquire about ordering merchandise. Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, Sears, Home Depot, Michaels, they all do.
Editorial: Las Vegas as a moviemaking town: Lights! Camera! Tax credits!
May 24, 2015
“Mall Cop 2” is the first movie to be awarded a certificate of eligibility for credits. Once its expenses are audited and the qualifying expenditures are confirmed, the production could receive as much as $4.3 million in tax credits, according to Kim Spurgeon, an analyst at the Nevada Film Office. The four-year pilot program, operated by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, offers the transferable tax credit to productions that, among other things, have budgets greater than $500,000 and will shoot at least 60 percent of their footage in the state ...
Team Highrollers of Las Vegas, Nevada, ready their robot in the pit area for their next match at the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Cashman Center on Friday, March, 27, 2015.
Editorial: What can happen when Clark County schools are properly funded
May 17, 2015
Statistics and rankings don’t always show are the enormity of the challenges the CCSD faces. Here are a few recent examples of success stories ...
Editorial: When the politics of lawmaking gets in the way of transparency
May 17, 2015
Politics may be great sport, but most Nevadans don’t understand how it’s played and have little opportunity to observe it. Nevada’s Legislature meets only once every two years, during a madcap four-month session that starts with all of the excitement of sap dripping from a maple tree and ends with the high-speed churning of a food blender.
Editorial: Scaling back Clark County School District worth studying
May 10, 2015
Today, the Clark County School District is the fifth-largest in the nation with 320,000 students and, as we’re often reminded, generally abysmal academic performance. State lawmakers are pondering whether the district has gotten too big to deliver a quality product — or even just an average product — and stay connected with its patrons. Republican state Assemblyman David Gardner, a contract lawyer who represents the west side of our valley, thinks he may have an answer. He suggests the district be subdivided into five or more “precincts,” which would remain under the umbrella of the Clark County School District but ...

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Let’s celebrate Medicare’s success
On July 30, Medicare celebrates its 50th birthday as a cornerstone of retirement security in America. This landmark occasion is the perfect time to examine the legacy of the program and reflect on the positive effect it has had on the lives and health of our nation’s retirees.
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By Tom Bird, Wellington
Let’s demand more of elected officials
I have areas of disagreement with the GOP, the Democratic Party and those in both parties in Congress.
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By Michael Casler, Las Vegas
A new request of those who write letters to the editor of the Sun
Letters to the editor can be an effective way of delivering a point of view on a current issue, especially if the writer is articulate and succinct. We encourage such engagement, which has a long history in America’s newspapers.
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Celebrate renewed relations with Cuba
Why is it that some Cuban-Americans continue to insist that good relations with Cuba are not good for Cubans? A crippling, more than 50-year embargo has …
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By John Esperian, Las Vegas
Clerks should honor their oath
This is an open letter to all county clerks who believe their religious beliefs are under attack in the wake of the recent marriage equality ruling. Please note: You do not work for a church; you are …
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By Jim Graham, Las Vegas
Just who are the oddballs? All of us
Remember the 1960s television program “Green Acres,” starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor? The star character, Mr. Douglas, gives up his law practice in New York and moves to a farm in the country. He is surrounded by nuttiness. All of his neighbors are kooky beyond belief.
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By Bobby Morrow, Boulder City
Lawmakers must revamp broken education system
For more than 20 years I have been complaining about the cost associated with the administration of the Clark County School District. When former Gov. Guinn was doubling the state budget, the administration costs were half the education budget and the education budget was half the state budget. Surely legislators could find some way to cut the amount of funds being stolen by the administrators before the education of our children takes place.
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
Label doesn’t do ‘Obamacare’ justice
On the 50th anniversary of Medicare this month, we should correct a health care plan misnomer. Let’s stop calling Obamacare Obamacare! We don’t call Social Security Roosevelt Security. We don’t call Medicare Johnsoncare. So let’s call Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) what it is, Americare.
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By Gil Eisner, Las Vegas