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May 5, 2021

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Whatever Biden’s infrastructure upgrades are called, they’re needed
Biden’s plan invests in development of renewable energy, modernization of schools, construction of child care facilities, and construction of low-income housing ...
You can’t put a price on the service, goodwill of our ‘rock-star curator’
Mark Hall-Patton is best known by TV audiences as the historian who shows up periodically on “Pawn Stars” to examine items brought to the store for authenticity ...

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Vexed by public health question
The adjective “inane” basically means “silly” or “stupid.” Used in a sentence, one can refer to the statement of Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., during an interview April 23, with a conservative radio host.
By David Gilyan, Las Vegas
New star is born in GOP politics
Step aside, Bushes, and let him pass: The new face of the Republican Party is Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas
Preserving land is the right move
I want to thank the Nevada delegation for introducing the Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act, which will protect close to 2 million acres of public lands in Southern Nevada while addressing climate change and investment in our local economy.
By Eric Roberts, Las Vegas
Gun rights not about hunting
The April 24 letter “Past time to act on gun control” asks: “Do you need a semiautomatic gun to go hunting?”
By Peter Scalisi, Henderson
Biden’s plans can be a big help
Thanks for the two pieces on President Joe Biden, one to fulfill a promise and one highlighting his plan to help American families — “World needs Biden’s help to end pandemic” and “Biden to pitch sweeping ‘family plan’ in speech to Congress,” on April 28.
By Willie Dickerson, Snohomish, Wash.
Animal research benefits people
The animal rights group White Coat Waste Project claims that animal studies are “taxpayer waste.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
By Jim Newman, Washington, D.C.
Respect heals nation’s wounds
Looking into our country’s history, we can see the recorded racial atrocities that were committed by some whites when they forcibly stripped many non-whites of their land, humanity and life during the founding and building of America.
By Fred Underwood, Henderson
Nevada enjoys steady leadership
The governor has fought tirelessly to ensure that the heroes who have helped our state get through this historic crisis are able to receive a life-saving vaccine. He’s led the way in ensuring that our teachers, our grocery store workers, our nurses and doctors — and all Nevadans who choose to be vaccinated — can be.
By Judith Whitmer, Las Vegas
Good, simple jobs have value
If you drive to Oregon, you won’t pump your own gas there.
By Don Powell, Las Vegas
Protect our wondrous lands
Our state is lucky to have unique natural wonders and vast landscapes. They make Nevada such a special place to live, work and explore.
By Rachel Bergren, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • Anti-AAPI bias in health care damaging to community
    Anti-AAPI bias in health care damaging to community
    The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community was one of the first to feel the economic effects of COVID-19. When news coverage of the virus broke, coupled with the constant mentions of its Chinese origins, so did the backlash against Asian Americans of all descent. Here in Las Vegas, the first businesses to be affected economically were the Chinatown restaurants. Even prior to the state shutdown and mandated restrictions, Asian restaurants were estimated to have experienced a 40-60% decline in business.
  • Unlike previous Democratic presidents, Biden doesn’t shy away from Carter
    Joe Biden has respect for his elders. And there aren’t that many of them. Before the president’s rally Thursday near Atlanta, he and Jill went out of their way to pay respects to 96-year-old Jimmy Carter.
  • Carefully consider all transit options
    In a fast-growing metropolitan area of 2.3 million residents with tens of millions of annual visitors, Southern Nevada has built and earned its reputation as a world-class destination and a wonderful place to live. In the next two years, Southern Nevada is expected to add approximately 100,000 new residents on our way to 3 million by 2045 or sooner.
  • Celebrate state’s diversity by renewing fight to pass DREAM Act
    Celebrate state’s diversity by renewing fight to pass DREAM Act
    Nevada prides itself on our rich diversity. We draw our strength from the people who proudly call Nevada home, with each person’s unique history, culture and contributions driving us forward to social and economic progress.
  • We must keep working with our most trusted ally
    As CEO of the Business Council of Canada and Nevada, I’ve been honored to work with high-level decision-makers in the United States and Canada. After more than a year of a COVID-19 damaged world, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Public health insurance option would strengthen Nevada
    Why do we not have enough doctors in Nevada? I can tell you from experience that part of the issue is a lack of adequately insured patients.
  • ‘Pleasantly boring,’ or how Biden succeeds by not being Trump
    Aaron Elkins is a political independent with little use for Democrats or Republicans. He’s never been a fan of Donald Trump and couldn’t bring himself to support Joe Biden. So in November he voted for a third-party candidate he can’t even remember.
  • Ron DeSantis unfazed by risk of disease
    Perhaps you didn’t notice, but cruise ships haven’t been sailing out of American ports lately. Something about, um, a virus.
  • Going big and bold is smart policy and smart politics for Democrats
    Going big and bold is smart policy and smart politics for Democrats
    If Congress goes big, goes bold and goes quickly, the possibilities for progress are immense. Investing in our dangerously outdated electrical grid to make it cleaner and more resilient against the impacts of climate change will create more than 600,000 jobs every year over the next decade. This will also …
  • Should you take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Yes!
    After a temporary halt, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 23 ended the pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. It was put on hold for 11 days due to reports of six women developing blood clots, mostly in the brain. That total has increased to 15 cases to date, mostly in younger women.
  • American Rescue Plan is the lifeline that Nevada needs
    American Rescue Plan is the lifeline that Nevada needs
    What do you see when you think of Las Vegas? For many, it’s bright lights, slot machines and world-class restaurants and entertainment.
  • Pumping up fear along the Colorado River
    Some Colorado River tribulations today remind me of a folk story: A young man went to visit his fiancé and found the family trembling and weeping. They pointed to the ceiling, where an ax was embedded in a rafter.
  • Vaccine passports are the nudge we need to achieve herd immunity
    To hear some people tell it, vaccine passports are just another effort by Democrats, progressives and Satan to take away your freedom, just like when they told you to wear a mask and made you shut down your business.
  • Is there a war coming with China?
    If you’re looking for a compelling beach read this summer, I recommend the novel “2034,” by James Stavridis, a retired admiral, and Elliot Ackerman, a former Marine and intelligence officer. The book is about how China and America go to war in 2034, beginning with a naval battle near Taiwan and with China acting in a tacit alliance with Iran and Russia.
  • How the pandemic is speeding up global change
    The world of 2030 will be radically different from the one most of us were born into, and the global pandemic will only speed up this timeline.