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January 20, 2019

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Unconscionably cruel treatment of Puerto Rico a new low for Trump
President Donald Trump has given himself a 10 out of 10 on the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but the recent departure of one of his top aides in the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows how much of a lie he’s telling with that assessment.
Transparency, accountability set apart school district’s funding plan
Opponents of funding for public schools love to say they’ll support more funding for K-12 education as long as districts show them how it will be spent. Well, the Clark County School District is doing ...

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Steyer points way to prosperity
Instead of impeachment, the focus of Tom Steyer’s recent event in Las Vegas was more about how we can heal and become prosperous together.
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By Sandra Miner, Las Vegas
Responsible media is valued
I am writing about the great article Brian Greenspun wrote in the Jan. 13 of the Las Vegas Sun — “Mr. Adelson, take responsibility for your newspaper.”
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By Joelene Smith, Henderson
Shutdown is hurting workers
I want to thank all of our workers who are still doing their jobs regardless of this inane shutdown.
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By Myke King, Boulder City
Don’t neglect nation’s veterans
Recently, I visited friends at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City. The home is something every citizen can be proud of …
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By Stan Olson, Las Vegas
Citizens being used as pawns
The was no sense of urgency to build a wall during the two years that President Donald Trump had almost complete control over all branches of government. Suddenly, once Democrats …
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By Jeremy Christensen, Las Vegas
Wall should cost Trump his taxes
Congress should give President Donald Trump the initial $5 billion he is requesting for his wall, but with one major condition: He has to …
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By Gary Fisher, Las Vegas
A qualified woman can win
To put forth, and expect me to vote for, a candidate for no other reason than that she is a woman is …
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By Richard Pulsifer, Henderson
Consider what’s best for the US
As a conservative, freedom-loving American, I find very little in your publication that I …
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By Larry Young, Henderson
Principles should not bend
It’s not about a budget fight or wall money — it’s principle. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is …
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By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas
The border crisis is ongoing
In 2014, President Barack Obama claimed there was a border crisis and said Republicans were the …
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By Eric Yaillen, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Wall or no wall, this government shutdown is immoral
    Walls can be immoral as well as moral, so whatever the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thinks about the president’s campaign promise and the universally agreed-upon need to secure our country’s borders, that political position pales when pressed up against the sheer immorality of President Donald Trump’s decision to shut down the government of the United States.
  • Our national emergency turns 2
    An Ernest Hemingway character once said that he went bankrupt two ways: “Gradually and then suddenly.” That may also be how President Donald Trump’s administration finally melts down.
  • Trump trying to write a second act for sedition
    Since the debut of “Saturday Night Live” in 1975, the show has been intermittently funny, genuinely topical, and largely sympathetic to liberal causes and candidates, Norm MacDonald’s routinely rough treatment of Hillary Clinton notwithstanding. Republicans line up to be guests just the same, but no matter how badly the SNL cast mocks them, everything political said on the air is absolutely protected by the First Amendment.
  • Today’s call-out culture can be cruel
    A number of months ago, I listened to a podcast that has haunted me since — because it captures something essential about our culture warrior moment. It was from NPR’s always excellent Invisibilia series and it was about a woman named Emily.
  • Rebuke of King’s racism not too little, but too late
    Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who couldn’t be much clearer about his values if he went around in a conical white hood, said last week that “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” were inoffensive if not honorable terms, and now his fellow party members in Congress are …
  • Already we ask: Is 2019 over yet?
    President Donald Trump understands that if he folds on wall funding, his presidency is effectively over. It means he will have failed a test of strength against the despised Nancy Pelosi while betraying his core political promise. As when George H.W. Bush broke his campaign promise and raised taxes in 1990 as part of the budget agreement, it will be …
  • China’s economy (still) headed for a wall
    The other day, I issued a warning about the Chinese economy. It is, I wrote, “emerging as a danger spot in a world economy that really, really doesn’t …
  • Universal health care remains an evasive but noble goal for the nation
    When my baby son got sick recently, we took him to the doctor and then I went to a pharmacy to have a prescription filled …
  • Why the sudden outrage over racism?
    Republicans are shocked, shocked, to learn that Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is a dyed-in-the-wool racist. Also that snow is cold, the ocean is wet and the sky …
  • Kim scheming to get US out of Korea
    As U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon won a reputation for diplomatic blandness, he took pains not to tread on the sensitivities of all the disparate, often hostile, sometimes warring, states that make up the United Nations. That’s not easy considering …
  • Traditional media’s bias should be toward democracy
    The belief that constitutional democracy is superior to other forms of government rests in part on its capacity to encourage open debate and thus …
  • Excess methane represents a real danger to Nevadans
    Our government has a moral obligation to listen to voters and make decisions that protect the health of our communities. And when our government changes rules, it should have …
  • Is Trump making middle school worse?
    Immediately after Donald Trump’s election, alarming stories appeared of school bullies who seemed to be inspired by the new president. In York County, Pa., two students marched through their high school hallways holding a Trump sign while a third shouted, “White power!” A teacher in Kansas reported students taunting classmates with the refrain …
  • Tucker Carlson vs. conservatism
    The most interesting thing in conservative politics right now is not the government shutdown and President Donald Trump’s flailing attempt to claim victory while being defeated on all fronts. Instead it’s an ideological battle over Tucker Carlson’s …
  • Trump’s real fears are not about a wall
    The government isn’t shut down because of President Donald Trump’s unbelievable cluelessness as a deal-maker. It’s shut down because of his many fears. I don’t mean his pretend fears. Surely Trump doesn’t really believe his own racist nonsense about the U.S.-Mexico border being a sieve for homicidal maniacs and walk-to-work terrorists, and he can’t be too worried about a humanitarian crisis that is largely of his own creation. I’m talking about his real fears — the ones that …