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April 24, 2014

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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America’s might takes money
The column “If Walgreen Co. moves home base to Europe, blame D.C.’s tax failure,” in Monday’s Sun, leaves me with some questions.
By Jerry Mosier, Pahrump
Bundy is a victim of government
The editorial “Bundy is no victor” stated, “He could have staged an act of civil disobedience to garner help.”
By Thomas “Tommy D” DiGiacomo, Las Vegas
Don’t horse around with carriage idea
How quaint! A horse-drawn carriage ride on Las Vegas streets? How incredibly stupid for so many valid reasons.
By Carole LaRocca, Las Vegas
Talking tough with big stick in hand
I was impressed by all the big, brave macho men with all their weapons coming to defend a moocher who feeds his herd on public land and does not want to pay for it. A handout, like some Tea Party folks call welfare.
By Bruce Karley, Las Vegas
Truths behind the Bundy situation
Perhaps I don’t see the situation between Cliven Bundy, his armed militia supporters and the Bureau of Land Management as clearly as others —but some truths poke through, i.e., Bundy has not paid taxes imposed on his use of public land for private grazing rights, and Bundy and the militia men and women apparently feel that they are above the law.
By John Esperian, Las Vegas
The lies that pop up in the desert
If you ever wondered what those poor souls who were in the East German Stazi were doing in their idle time, look no further than Mesquite.
Wayne P. Brotherton Sr., Amargosa Valley
Using Bundy as a distraction
Regarding the Nevada rancher and his long court battle against the Bureau of Land Management:
Peter Sams, Henderson
Use juries to teach feds a lesson
The most effective way for “We the People” to neuter the federal government in its fight with Nevada’s Cliven Bundy is to hang every federal jury in cases against Bundy.
By Joe Boyett, Montgomery, Ala.