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April 17, 2014

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Jim Wheeler’s world
Nov. 3, 2013
Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Minden, has found himself in the middle of a firestorm after a YouTube video of him saying he’d vote for slavery if his constituents wanted it made the rounds last week.
Fair play for our kids
Oct. 22, 2013
We’re paying particular attention to a meeting scheduled for today at Las Vegas City Hall. It doesn’t involve labor relations, liquor licenses or zoning enforcement.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, left, and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee speak during an editorial board meeting at the Las Vegas Sun in Henderson on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
A new era in the valley
Oct. 13, 2013
Sitting next to each other Thursday, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee smiled and talked about the great things that can potentially happen if the cities work together.
Pat Mulroy’s legacy
Sept. 25, 2013
Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy announced plans to retire on Monday as word of her intent started leaking out.
Roads and taxes
Aug. 4, 2013
Clark County Commissioners are considering a proposal to raise the local gas tax to pay for roadwork and transportation projects. The plan, which the commission is expected to officially see this month, would tie a gas tax increase to the rate of inflation — roughly 3 cents a gallon each year. It would be in effect until a statewide vote on the issue in 2016.
More Cops once more
July 21, 2013
Clark County commissioners next month are scheduled to vote on a proposed sales tax increase to help fund Southern Nevada police departments. This measure, which comes out of the More Cops initiative that voters approved in 2004, has run into some resistance.
Learning to live by the Constitution
July 21, 2013
I figured out how we can defeat the Democrats and the Republicans and take the government back. For all federal elections, there will be one qualifying question after the usual hoops that a candidate has to jump through.
A moment in history
July 4, 2013
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.

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For the children?
June 30, 2013
In public policy debates, people often invoke “the children” or “future generations” to push their points. Sometimes they’re sincere, sometimes not, but there is an underlying truth that what we do now will have profound effects on the generations to come.

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Kill the zombie
June 23, 2013
Nevada’s congressional delegation has worked diligently for more than a quarter of a century to kill the federal government’s plan to build a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, which is 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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Pressing ahead for education
June 16, 2013
New Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky is no stranger to the task in front of him. He started his career as a teacher 25 years ago in the district and has seen the incredible growth in its size along with its struggles.

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Redefining Nevada
June 9, 2013
If there’s any lesson to be learned from the 2013 Legislature, it’s this: Nevada needs to come face-to-face with some basic realities. Carson City seems to be stuck in 1980, when Nevada had a population of around 800,000 people, and the state didn’t need as much governing or government, and Nevada still was a small, Western state. But that’s no longer the case. Nevada has serious challenges that have grown because they haven’t been confronted. Instead, Nevadans gets incremental fixes and proclamations that things are great.

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Political realities win
June 2, 2013
When the Legislature wraps up its work this week, the session will be marked as one of missed opportunities.

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Remembering the fallen
May 27, 2013
Today is Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have died in battle for our country, but its purpose is too often forgotten.

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Leadership needed
May 26, 2013
State Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis last week pulled a tax proposal that would have raised money for education. In an emotional speech, Denis said the plan didn’t have the support to pass.

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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.