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July 30, 2016

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves after taking the stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Talking politics: Three ways that Clinton's speech trounced Trump's
July 28, 2016
A week after Donald Trump delivered a speech that seemed to be designed to make Americans grab guns and hide in their basements, Hillary Clinton accepted her party’s nomination ...
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.

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Thanks to Reid for help getting home from Uganda
Nevadans may or may not agree with Sen. Harry Reid’s politics, but our family can attest that Reid and his office represent Nevadans well when called upon. Tom Baker, who worked in the political arena for many years and is a family friend …
By Laurie and Travis Coombs, Reno
Want continued prosperity? Continue to elect Democrats
Lying Donald continually lies by omission and exaggeration. He is quick to point out numbers such as America’s trade deficit in only one category, never mentioning our very significant offsetting trade surpluses. Unlike the …
By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Make weed legal if it’s done safely
The problem I find is this: How do you test to assure that people who show up for work are not impaired? With alcohol it is simple; you blow into a machine, and if you are impaired you go home. Marijuana is different. The THC stays in your system for weeks, if not months. So if you are at a party Saturday night and you smoke, how do you prove …
By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
Trump must answer: How?
I, like several million other Americans, watched the Donald Trump reality/acceptance show. He spent more than an hour of prime time telling the world about the many things that will magically begin on Jan. 20, 2017. I was beyond fascination by his ability to weave an almost hypnotic spell over the hundreds of convention delegates …
By Roger Warrick, Las Vegas
GOP, practice what you preach on guns
his country is having an internal debate concerning guns. The Republicans and the National Rifle Association believe that if everyone had a gun, we would be safer. The GOP has made it clear ir intends on passing no legislation that in any way …
By John Pauli, 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 …
By Elaine Sanchez, Las Vegas
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 …
By Robert Blanner, North 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 …
By Bill Wilson, Henderson