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October 31, 2014

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Give the dying the right to pick how and when they want to die
Oct. 31, 2014
Data from the Oregon Public Health Division show that between 1997 and 2013, 1,173 terminally ill patients received prescriptions for life-ending medication and only 752 of them decided to use the medication. Another 31 people may have taken the medication, but the information wasn’t reported to the state. California may be the first, thanks to Brittany Maynard.
The Sun’s 2014 election endorsements
Oct. 22, 2014
The Sun offers its endorsements of candidates and makes recommendations on the ballot questions for this year’s election. All terms are four years unless otherwise noted.
Endorsements on the judges
Oct. 22, 2014
Voters this year have several judicial elections to consider. These can be difficult choices for voters because as a rule, the public doesn’t track judicial decisions and legal issues, so voters can be hard-pressed in knowing who the best judges are. Let us help you. Here are the Sun’s endorsements for District and Family Court races in Clark County.
Endorsements for state questions
Oct. 21, 2014
Nevada’s Supreme Court is one of the busiest in the nation, with justices facing a crippling caseload. As a result, justice is served slowly. There’s a reason for that: The state Supreme Court is Nevada’s only appellate court for cases coming from District Courts. There’s a simple solution ...
Endorsements for county races
Oct. 20, 2014
In the race for Clark County sheriff, the public would be well served whether retired Metro Police Capt. Larry Burns or Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo wins. They both bring significant qualities and experiences to the race, but, in our view, one candidate stands out.
Recommendations for top statewide races
Oct. 19, 2014
This is no time for a complacent electorate, one that figures that with a shoo-in governor and no presidential race to agitate the masses, this is an easy election to take a pass.
Despite layoffs, downtown Las Vegas has a bright future
Oct. 19, 2014
Recent news of layoffs at the Downtown Project sent ripples of uncertainty through the community, but sober analysis illustrates that the area, in spite of those layoffs, remains on the upswing. Downtown Las Vegas still has plenty going for it, and one bit of sad news doesn’t destroy several years of promising developments.
Our endorsements for state legislators
Oct. 18, 2014
This year’s election for state legislators should be a call to arms for voters to endorse lawmakers who will put Southern Nevada’s needs ahead of partisan politics. For too long, we have gotten the bum’s rush in Carson City, where our needs are given short shrift — even from our locally elected politicians.
Endorsements in education races
Oct. 17, 2014
Given that Nevada has long been below the national average on any number of measures of education — student achievement, proficiency, per-pupil spending, to name a few — this has to be a top priority for the state and the next Legislature.
Your vote is no less important for lack of top-ticket races
Oct. 12, 2014
Just because there are no presidential candidates on the ballot this year, and the race for governor is a one-man affair, doesn’t mean you have no reason to vote. If you care about how Congress, the state Legislature and law enforcement are run, or about taxes and education in Nevada, cast your vote.
Nevada students, teachers need our support
Sept. 28, 2014
Nevada’s chronic struggles to create a robust education system reflect not just an unwillingness to adequately fund our schools as a public policy priority, but also ...
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?
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

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Friess is wrong on gay marriage
Enough! Steve Friess’ column (“A Sweet Triumph”) uses inflammatory rhetoric to label those who oppose …
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By Robert Gardner, Mesquite
We should opt out of Common Core
I agree with Brian Greenspun’s Sunday column in which he makes the case that there is an immediate need for improvement in our schools, but a margin tax on business is not …
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By Owen Nelson, Las Vegas
Question 3 would hurt business
I am a small-business owner. My family has lived in multiple states and decided in 2013 that we needed to look for a new home for a business. I spent weeks doing research. It came down to …
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By Brian Lesser, Minden
Think twice about wage argument
I get the impression the writer of “Beware of pricey burger flippers,” (Oct. 9) has never worked in a fast-food environment. If he had, he would know how …
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By Robert McKee, North Las Vegas
Why are languages separated?
Indeed, the mix of languages being spoken across the country is changing, and …
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By Dan Desiderio, Las Vegas
Media questioning may help elections
In light of depressing developments both national and international, it would be productive if declared political candidates were subjected to intense, in-depth questioning by …
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By Tom Hoover, Las Vegas
Look at Democrats’ track record
What do we have in the Oct. 14 letter to the editor,“What does the GOP have to offer?”? Another …
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By John Severson, Henderson
There’s no need to restrict travel
The United States does not have to impose a ban on travelers from the three West African states stricken with Ebola. Instead, simply …
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By Randall Davis, Henderson