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March 31, 2015

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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.
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 …
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.
Zombie nuclear waste dump project needs to die
March 8, 2015
It’s bad science and bad politics, but for some reason, the Yucca Mountain proposal keeps coming back.
Sandoval has a chance to make a major investment
March 1, 2015
If Gov. Brian Sandoval really wants to make an economic impact on the state, he’ll make room in his budget for a UNLV medical school.
Nevada state treasurer’s budget calls into question his seriousness
Feb. 22, 2015
Dan Schwartz is using his position to take political swipes at Gov. Brian Sandoval ...
Voter ID laws are a solution in search of a problem
Feb. 15, 2015
State and local officials already have a series of tools to help prevent and detect voter fraud, and they appear to work ...
Sun editorial: Without required resources, police can do only so much
Feb. 9, 2015
As reported in last week’s edition of The Sunday, Metro Police made more than 7,700 DUI arrests in 2012. A year later, the number fell to about 5,800, and in 2014, it was fewer than 4,750. But that doesn’t mean fewer drinkers are getting behind the wheel. Sheriff Joe Lombardo attributed the drop to fewer ...
Recalls aren’t meant to be used for political bullying
Feb. 1, 2015
As state lawmakers prepare for the start of their regular session Monday, there has been a stir in the Assembly about the potential recall of several Republicans.
Is this lawsuit good for Nevada, or just for Laxalt?
Feb. 1, 2015
The state’s new attorney general is wasting taxpayer money needlessly fighting the president’s immigration policy.
Resolve is needed in war of ideas; right to self-expression must prevail
Jan. 25, 2015
A few weeks removed from the terrorist attacks in Paris, we are still struck by the tragedy and how the world has responded. There is a clear division between those who support the basic human right of freedom of expression and those who don’t.
Governing for the good of Nevada
Jan. 18, 2015
After Gov. Brian Sandoval’s State of the State speech Thursday, some people said he sounded like a moderate Republican, others said he sounded like a conservative Democrat.
Metro officer’s racist rants are cause for real discipline
Jan. 18, 2015
Bobby Kinch says his comments were taken out of context, but it's hard to imagine a context in which they are acceptable.

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Ringling’s decision is a loss for everyone
Not only will we not see these wondrous animals, we will lose our immediate concern about their well-being, the catastrophe of their natural habitat decreasing and …
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By Jan Biggerstaff, Las Vegas
Why are products not being taxed?
This is something that I think the Legislature should consider this session: When you buy new kitchen materials or new hardwood floors, etc., you pay sales tax on those purchases. If, however …
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By Charlise Butler, Pahrump
Take action to fix the poverty cycle
It’s time for our politicians to stop the wealth inequity rhetoric and start doing something to solve the …
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By Tom Keller, Henderson
Ban coyote killing contests in Nevada
The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners will be deciding whether to accept a petition to ban coyote killing contests in Nevada. California banned coyote killing contests in December 2014, and it would be a huge step for Nevada to be the next state to ban these inhumane and unnecessary activities.
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By Erin Hauge, Sacramento, Calif.
Waiting for Rice’s breakout year
Were there any doubts that Coach Dave Rice would plead his case to keep his job for another year? He promised a “breakout year” to the athletic director. I guess the fifth year is the charm.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
President Obama has gone rogue
America is being led by a rogue president and his administration. The result is an America no longer recognizable by its traditional values and policies.
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
This is not a more perfect union
It is my understanding that, as Americans, we should be working toward a more perfect union. Whether it’s curtailing reproductive and voting rights, refusing to implement reasonable gun control, not supporting education, impeding immigration or health care reforms, it seems we are headed in the wrong direction.
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By Wanda Zaccone, Henderson
Kill concealed carry bills
Do we now live in a society where a majority of citizens feel the need to be protected from everything all of the time, no matter the consequences? If so, something is very wrong with the society.
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas