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May 23, 2015

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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.
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: 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 ...
There’s no reason we can’t have better schools and health care
May 3, 2015
The kinds of fixes needed in Nevada for education and health care are beyond the reach of any individual. Unfortunately, our elected officials in the past chose not to step up and raise revenue. That is why we are grateful Gov. Brian Sandoval in January had the courage to present an ambitious proposal to generate an additional $880 million for education. He since has given assurances that another $22 million would be allocated to the UNLV medical school so the school could open in 2017 with its first 60 students ...
Guest column: Ethics education has a place, even in Sin City
May 3, 2015
Business ethics simply is the application of ethics to business situations. When most people think of Las Vegas, they think of hospitality, or more specifically, gaming. Those who work in the hospitality industry interact constantly with other people. Therefore, the study of values in dealing with others, and the ways these values affect behavior, is very much relevant ...
This land is our land, but Republicans see it differently
April 27, 2015
Republicans in the Nevada Legislature, clinging to the sagebrush rebellion, recently tried to pass a bill to unilaterally seize land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management. The bill was deemed unconstitutional at the get-go. But we didn’t anticipate what Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, was up to when she took over leadership of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee ...
Guest column: Focus on education will keep Las Vegas fresh
April 26, 2015
The backbone of our attraction and retention of young talent lies in our higher education institutions. For example, it is crucial that the UNLV medical school obtain full initial funding from the state to attract well-educated, highly motivated professionals to our community. The med school is a good first step to begin to address one of our biggest needs: expanded and enhanced health care ...
It’s time we empower people to make their own electricity
April 19, 2015
Homeowners also can plug into solar power, thanks to technology that has been miniaturized to allow homeowners to install photovoltaic systems, unfortunately, the state Legislature has limited to 3 percent the number of NV Energy customers who can plug into rooftop panels. That cap probably will be reached by year’s end ...
There must be a better way to protect people at bus stops
April 12, 2015
Several years ago, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada began moving bus benches and shelters farther from the street, driven by studies showing 80 percent of all roadway crashes nationwide are contained to within four feet of the road. RTC officials suggest little more can be done to protect the lives of people who need a bus to get to work or go shopping. We’re not so sure ...
The incorrigible Michele Fiore’s would-be land grab
April 5, 2015
There's a downside to state legislators thinking outside the box ...
Via satellite from Washington D.C., Sen. Harry Reid addresses representatives from the Department of Energy during the DoE's public hearing on the proposed Yucca Mountain Repository Sept. 5, 2001.
Thank you, Harry
March 29, 2015
Nothing better epitomizes retiring U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's courage and commitment to Nevada than his ability to thwart the politically immoral effort to force lethal fuel rods from out-of-state nuclear power generators down our throats and into …
Congressmen’s willingness to cash in on Yucca Mountain endangers Nevadans
March 29, 2015
Two of our congressmen, who are the least experienced in our Capitol Hill delegation, have much to learn when it comes to watching out for the safety, welfare and economic security of Nevadans.
With three cities in strong recovery, don’t mess with what works
March 22, 2015
Our society is filled with critics. We yell at our TV sets when our favorite quarterback overthrows his receivers three times in a row. We growl at our food server if it takes too long to have our iced tea refilled. We grumble at the sales clerk for chatting with another customer while we restlessly tap our feet, waiting for our turn. But we still root for our quarterback because overall he’s a winner, we still eat at the same restaurant for its predictably good food and service, and we still shop at that store because the clerks there are ...
Who should lead our cities? There’s a simple answer
March 22, 2015
When The Sunday looks at how our cities have suffered because of the economy’s punch to the gut, how each is recovering today and how bright their futures are, we reach one conclusion. Our elected city leaders are serving us tirelessly and, with good overall decisions and smart strategies, are moving our cities forward with our best interests at heart. There are other good candidates, but we think it is best to stick with the tried and proven ...
Time to license, audit court-appointed guardians
March 15, 2015
When people in Nevada are no longer capable of handling their own financial affairs and have no family to help, the court makes them wards of the state and they are assigned guardians. But what if their guardians are con men, stealing from those they were hired to protect? The state needs regulations to prevent such crimes.

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Sportsman of the Decade: Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao (and their teams) are playing a beautiful, fruitful game. But I suspect the finer of the two, Pacquiao, may have achieved a very high level of true sportsmanship by not postponing the “fight of the century” because of his right shoulder problem.
By Sam Chinkes, Las Vegas
Situation in Baltimore shows liberalism’s failure
Progressive liberalism is destroying the fabric of our once-great nation, and progressive liberals refuse to acknowledge that their grand societal experiment has been a miserable failure.
By Rick Ainsworth, Henderson
Art spending the result of egos run amok
When I read about the insane egos of today’s billionaires, I feel a great need to criticize their thinking and priorities.
Don Ellis, Henderson
Whistleblowers a boon to our society
We have a responsibility to ourselves and our children to be responsible citizens. I’m not talking about obeying laws and caring about the welfare of our neighbors, as I hope we all do. I’m talking about a higher level of responsibility.
Dana L. Stern Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
Situation in Baltimore shows liberalism’s failure
Progressive liberalism is destroying the fabric of our once-great nation, and progressive liberals refuse to acknowledge that their grand societal experiment has been a miserable failure.
Rick Ainsworth, Henderson
Patriots deserve harsher penalties
I think the NFL should have given New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a suspension for the entire 2015 NFL season and should have fined the team a higher amount and four first-round draft picks for his role in “Deflategate,” which is better.
Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Net metering analogy falls short
Gary Musser is right that residents need to understand the truth about net metering to homes with solar panels (Letters, May 13). Sadly, his banking analogy doesn’t help.
Stanley Cloud, Henderson
Sun gives Bundy undeserved space
I was saddened to read your page one headline May 14 (Supporter gets call from Bundy) giving your readers another Cliven Bundy story. It’s bad enough that the Review-Journal treats him like he’s the most interesting man in the world, but the Sun has shown more restraint. Until now.
Terry Cox, Henderson