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September 23, 2014

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How Tesla, UNLV supercomputer are reshaping Nevada
Sept. 21, 2014
Critics of the $1.3 billion tax abatement granted to Tesla Motors by the state may not be looking at the big picture ...
It’s time for an honest discussion about guns in America
Sept. 14, 2014
Hyperbole from advocates on both sides of the gun debate has made it almost impossible to sort through all the shouting and have a sober, adult debate about the role of guns in modern-day America.
UNLV stadium project deserves support, now and later
Sept. 7, 2014
An on-campus proposal stadium is on hold for UNLV. Why have so many been planned through the years but none built?
A new flood of migration to US looms
Sept. 5, 2014
The swarm of immigrants who came across the border this year, including more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors, could wind up paling in comparison to an immigration crisis looming …
Unified kidnapping response needed
Sept. 5, 2014
The most horrifying aspect of the execution of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff is the utter inhumanity of it — a gruesome beheading captured on video for maximum exposure. Also chilling is the cold-blooded and brutal
Why can’t we talk about this? Candidates need to debate
Aug. 31, 2014
Politicians too often duck the public when, by virtue of the positions they are trying to win, they should be telling people exactly what they think.
US policy of not paying ransoms for kidnapped Americans is on target
Aug. 26, 2014
Before decapitating American photojournalist James Foley in the desert dirt, the insurgents of Islamic State sought — and failed — to persuade the United States to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release. The United States, in keeping with its long-standing policy …
Little Leaguers showing the world another side of Vegas
Aug. 24, 2014
For the first time, a team from Nevada is playing in the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa., and the kids of Mountain Ridge are doing our state proud. They should inspire us to present to the world another side of Las Vegas that we can all be proud of ...
Destruction of chemical weapons shows U.S. may know what it’s doing
Aug. 22, 2014
Disparate, simultaneous crises around the world have put the Obama administration’s foreign policy on trial in recent weeks. The forward march of Islamic State insurgents in Iraq has led to …
Crowding, bad school buildings hurt student achievement
Aug. 10, 2014
Communities either make education a priority or they don't. In Nevada, we don't. And while that may be gratifying to some taxpayers in the short term, it's a long-term loss for the county and the state. Here's why ...
Immigration woes point to bigger problems
Aug. 3, 2014
People are very passionate when it comes to border security, and unfortunately, that means a lot of misinformation takes on a life of its own in the echo chamber. We sort through the false arguments ...
How a fight in Congress could hurt Nevada’s roadways — and much more
July 27, 2014
Congress has to pass a plan in a hurry to make sure the Highway Trust Fund has money to continue operating. If it doesn’t, it would be an economic disaster ...
Radical right’s ‘patriot’ movement is really just anarchy
July 20, 2014
That a group of U.S. citizens took up arms against their government to defend Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay grazing fees he has owed for decades is symptomatic of a larger political and cultural shift, a new report has found. The repercussions are scary and dangerous.
It’s time for state colleges to get some control
July 6, 2014
Community colleges should be innovating grass-roots programs to help their regions, but centralized governance can stifle that. In Nevada, it seems like that's exactly what's happening ...
An extraordinary moment
July 4, 2014
Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, our attention naturally turns to this nation’s successful Revolutionary War to throw off the chains of a tyrannical regime. It is a day fittingly marked by patriotic parades and, in the evening, punctuated by fireworks. It is a day also marked by a celebration of one of the world’s most remarkable documents — the Declaration of Independence.

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The wrong way to evaluate students
My at-risk, 5-year-old students recently took a discovery learning online test. I had my doubts about the test because most of these students know fewer than 10 letters.
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By Angie Sullivan, Las Vegas
Hurdles in trying to be a good parent
A lot of parents in Clark County are called “deadbeat parents” — a majority of them being fathers.
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By Shawn A. Evans Sr., Las Vegas
Clinton’s role in Benghazi incident
Mitchell Zuckoff, after consulting with six members of a U.S. security team, has written a book about Benghazi, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
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By Dana L. Stern Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
Mailbox siting issues in Las Vegas
As you drive in Las Vegas, there are hundreds of mailboxes.
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By Mike Webster, Las Vegas
Specifics needed in health care debate
I admit it: I haven’t read the Affordable Care Act, but I do read the critiques of Obamacare and the desire of some to repeal it.
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
UNLV needs new football stadium
What are the stadium people thinking? UNLV needs a new football stadium, built to NFL specs, and it should be on campus.
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By Nicholas P. Gartner, Henderson
The reality of smoking at casinos
“Will Nevada ever see smoke-free casinos?” was a published article that I am sure concerns the majority of our local residents.
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Nevada schools left shortchanged
I find it interesting that the governor, who often claims education is his No. 1 priority, and the Legislature can quickly and easily vote $1.2 billion in tax breaks to attract new industry to this state but continue to shortchange our Las Vegas school system.
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By John Brebbia, Henderson