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April 17, 2014

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Championing transparency
April 13, 2014
Secretary of State Ross Miller has found himself oddly under fire for aggressively upholding campaign disclosure laws, odd because some of his critics are self-professed champions of government transparency.
Court deals a blow to free speech
April 6, 2014
Many conservatives cheered the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this past week that struck down part of a campaign finance law, claiming it was a “victory” for free speech.
You want a better Nevada? It starts with our schools
You want a better Nevada? It starts with our schools
April 6, 2014
Innovation. Money. A strong beginning. Smaller class sizes. Accountability. These are the areas where we need to focus if we're ever going to pull Nevada up from the bottom of nearly every educational ranking in the country.
This election year, candidates need to take a stand
March 23, 2014
Enough is enough. People need help solving problems, not just kicking them down the road ...
Move forward on Interstate 11
March 9, 2014
Plans to build an interstate highway between Las Vegas and Phoenix have drawn critics recently, ranging from people who don’t want to see a freeway in their backyard to observers who dismiss it completely.
The North just doesn’t get it
March 2, 2014
For several years, Southern Nevada lawmakers have complained about how our region has been slighted by state government and the Legislature, pointing to how taxpayer money and state resources have habitually been diverted north. Those complaints have solicited little more than shrugs or blanket denials from lawmakers from the rest of the state.
Nevada has to do better than this
Feb. 16, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Nevada dumped mental health patients on other states.
Campaigning on ethics reform
Feb. 9, 2014
Several state lawmakers went to Israel last year on an all-expenses-paid trip courtesy of a lobbying group, but they didn’t report the trip as a gift on their annual disclosure report.
Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy has long backed a water pipeline from White Pine County to Las Vegas.
Whatever it takes to bring water to valley
Feb. 9, 2014
Pat Mulroy retired Feb. 6, leaving a long legacy as head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Mulroy helped create the authority in 1991, then found ways to provide the water that fueled Las Vegas' explosive growth.
Time for more cops
Jan. 12, 2014
Sheriff Doug Gillespie will ask the Clark County Commission this month for a small sales tax increase to pay for more police officers.
A wake-up call from Detroit
Dec. 12, 2013
A judge’s ruling Tuesday that the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy case may go forward — and that its pension obligations are not entitled to special protection but can be reduced, along with other debts — sends a chilly message to workers in California, where Stockton and San Bernardino are moving through the Chapter 9 bankruptcy process and other cities are struggling with their costs and revenues.
The very real threat of fake guns
Dec. 12, 2013
Plastic guns that can pass unnoticed through metal detectors aren’t just movie make-believe anymore. Using a 3-D printer and plans found online, officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently produced such a gun and found it was capable of firing multiple rounds.
Time for a medical school
Dec. 8, 2013
In a unanimous vote Thursday, university system regents approved an agreement between UNLV and UNR that could lead to a public medical school in Southern Nevada. The regents’ action is just the start of a long process, but this is an important step.
A new president for UNLV
Nov. 24, 2013
UNLV President Neal Smatresk’s pending resignation, which was announced last week, is sad news for the university and the community. In four years in the job, Smatresk proved himself to be a talented leader and great asset.
A federal fiasco
Nov. 17, 2013
After getting caught in a disingenuous plan to send more than 400 large containers of highly radioactive waste to Nevada, Energy Department officials put on a dog-and-pony show last week to try to make nice.

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Bundy’s win sends the wrong message
It is time for Nevada to man up and uphold the laws of the land. Since when did America start negotiating with terrorists? Cliven Bundy has blatantly broken the law and, even in the face of compromise, could not show humility or respect.
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By Greta Hyland, Dammeron Valley, Utah
Bundy, supporters make us look bad
I hope I’m not the only Nevada resident sickened by the fact that federal officials caved in to Cliven Bundy and his band of well-armed supporters.
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By Terry Cox, Henderson
Putting an end to incivility
I am disgusted and embarrassed by the shoe-throwing incident aimed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I hope the protester is prosecuted, imprisoned or at least heavily fined.
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By Delores France, North Las Vegas
Other landowners could use support
I have a curiosity about the Bundy supporters. They were calling out for his rights to have his cattle graze on public land without paying for it.
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By Rodney Iverson, Las Vegas
Mr. Bundy, please stay off my land
When my mother retired and moved to New Mexico a number of years ago, she came in contact with a number of boastful cattle ranchers. She quickly realized that the easiest way to deflate them was to ask: “And exactly how much of the land that you use do you own?” Big hat, big cattle, almost no land.
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By Richard Small, Las Vegas
Things are much easier today
The letter “America is in bad shape nowadays” was interesting, but my memory is very different.
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Bob Fuller, Bullhead City, Ariz.
A double standard at play over Bundy?
Very interesting are the many stories in both the electronic and print medias about rancher Cliven Bundy.
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Jack Corrick, Boulder City
Let’s not paint over Bush’s legacy
I see George W. Bush is now painting pictures of famous people.
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Carl Heck, Aspen, Colo.