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July 31, 2015

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There’s no reason we can’t have better schools and health care
May 3, 2015
The kinds of fixes needed in Nevada for education and health care are beyond the reach of any individual. Unfortunately, our elected officials in the past chose not to step up and raise revenue. That is why we are grateful Gov. Brian Sandoval in January had the courage to present an ambitious proposal to generate an additional $880 million for education. He since has given assurances that another $22 million would be allocated to the UNLV medical school so the school could open in 2017 with its first 60 students ...
Guest column: Ethics education has a place, even in Sin City
May 3, 2015
Business ethics simply is the application of ethics to business situations. When most people think of Las Vegas, they think of hospitality, or more specifically, gaming. Those who work in the hospitality industry interact constantly with other people. Therefore, the study of values in dealing with others, and the ways these values affect behavior, is very much relevant ...
This land is our land, but Republicans see it differently
April 27, 2015
Republicans in the Nevada Legislature, clinging to the sagebrush rebellion, recently tried to pass a bill to unilaterally seize land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management. The bill was deemed unconstitutional at the get-go. But we didn’t anticipate what Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, was up to when she took over leadership of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee ...
Guest column: Focus on education will keep Las Vegas fresh
April 26, 2015
The backbone of our attraction and retention of young talent lies in our higher education institutions. For example, it is crucial that the UNLV medical school obtain full initial funding from the state to attract well-educated, highly motivated professionals to our community. The med school is a good first step to begin to address one of our biggest needs: expanded and enhanced health care ...
It’s time we empower people to make their own electricity
April 19, 2015
Homeowners also can plug into solar power, thanks to technology that has been miniaturized to allow homeowners to install photovoltaic systems, unfortunately, the state Legislature has limited to 3 percent the number of NV Energy customers who can plug into rooftop panels. That cap probably will be reached by year’s end ...
There must be a better way to protect people at bus stops
April 12, 2015
Several years ago, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada began moving bus benches and shelters farther from the street, driven by studies showing 80 percent of all roadway crashes nationwide are contained to within four feet of the road. RTC officials suggest little more can be done to protect the lives of people who need a bus to get to work or go shopping. We’re not so sure ...
The incorrigible Michele Fiore’s would-be land grab
April 5, 2015
There's a downside to state legislators thinking outside the box ...
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 ...

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Nuclear weapons owned but not used
Don’t those people opposed to the nuclear arms deal with Iran know Israel already has numerous nuclear weapons? So do North Korea, Pakistan, India, Russia and China. They all realize that using one would bring immediate response.
By Bob Fuller, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Nuclear weapons owned but not used
Don’t those people opposed to the nuclear arms deal with Iran know Israel already has numerous nuclear weapons? So do North Korea, Pakistan, India, Russia and China. They all realize that using one would bring immediate response.
By Bob Fuller, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Troubling environmental damage must be mitigated
As a Las Vegas Valley resident since 2003 and a visitor since 1977, I have seen the valley grow and change. I love our valley and am excited our economy seems to be improving. Yet, I am concerned about other trends that might hurt us.
By Janelle Losoff, Henderson
Let’s celebrate Medicare’s success
On July 30, Medicare celebrates its 50th birthday as a cornerstone of retirement security in America. This landmark occasion is the perfect time to examine the legacy of the program and reflect on the positive effect it has had on the lives and health of our nation’s retirees.
By Tom Bird, Wellington
A new request of those who write letters to the editor of the Sun
Letters to the editor can be an effective way of delivering a point of view on a current issue, especially if the writer is articulate and succinct. We encourage such engagement, which has a long history in America’s newspapers.
Let’s demand more of elected officials
I have areas of disagreement with the GOP, the Democratic Party and those in both parties in Congress.
By Michael Casler, Las Vegas
Celebrate renewed relations with Cuba
Why is it that some Cuban-Americans continue to insist that good relations with Cuba are not good for Cubans? A crippling, more than 50-year embargo has …
By John Esperian, Las Vegas
Clerks should honor their oath
This is an open letter to all county clerks who believe their religious beliefs are under attack in the wake of the recent marriage equality ruling. Please note: You do not work for a church; you are …
By Jim Graham, Las Vegas