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December 12, 2018

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Reforms can help Nevada get the most out of its higher ed system
Nevada’s higher education system suffers from a bloated administration, inequitable funding that favors UNR at the expense of other schools, and mismanagement that has ...
Proposal to consolidate elections is a winner
The 2017 municipal elections in Southern Nevada drew turnout that could only be described as pathetic. So here’s to the Nevada Secretary of State’s office for drafting a bill that would force cities to hold their elections in even-numbered years, at the same time as general elections and midterms …

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How far the GOP has fallen
At one time, it was a point of pride to have an R behind your name as a Republican. It must be sad to find out that R now stands for …
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By Bob Moore, Las Vegas
Fox News is just a cheerleader
Isn’t it ironic that acting in a fair and balanced manner, your newspaper would print the Dec. 5 letter “Lay off of Fox News,” in which the writer criticized your Nov. 30 editorial, stated that Fox News offers sanity and cogent coverage regarding the Trump administration, and that NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN provide only …
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By Tom Harper, Las Vegas
Too much asked of teachers
In America, it’s never been enough to teach children. Teachers have to be counselors, motivational speakers, advisers, mediators, abuse detectors, leaders, entertainers, disciplinarians, paper pushers, standardized test protectors and …
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By Jeremy Christensen, Las Vegas
Trump’s golf costs exaggerated
The Washington Post’s fact checker gave 3 (out of 4) Pinocchios to the claim that President Donald Trump’s golf outings cost taxpayers more than …
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By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas
EPA boss must be pro-environment
Andrew Wheeler was hired as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency just before Scott Pruitt resigned amid 14 counts of fraud and misuse of public funds. Wheeler has been …
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By William Shettler, Las Vegas
What about CNN’s Brazile?
Did the Sun express outrage about CNN’s Donna Brazile giving Hillary Clinton questions in advance of a debate, as it did in its Nov. 30 editorial, “Fox News …
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By Victor Moss, Las Vegas
Accountability is crucial
Recently, there have been ongoing debates about the public records requests processed at …
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By Joan Miller, Las Vegas
Worried about a second term
Historically, a term-limited president takes actions that would not be considered appropriate if he were seeking re-election. If President Donald Trump runs and is re-elected in 2020, I caution all to see …
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
Kiss Trump’s ring — or else
I praise and admire Republican Congresswoman Mia Love’s accomplishments and the good she’s done. However, let all Republicans realize that loyalty to Donald Trump is the …
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By Clyde Dinkins, Las Vegas
DHS targets immigrants
On Sept. 22, the Department of Homeland Security proposed to change a law that has worked for over 100 years — the public charge. This proposed change will …
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By Alicia Briancon, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Don’t run, Mr. Biden
    He’s an admirable person. He pressed on with public service long after he could have cashed in. His devotion to his family is palpable; his strength through its tragedies, extraordinary. He’s informed, he’s affable and he’s real. But is he the best …
  • Rodeo shows what Las Vegas can accomplish when acting boldly
    The broncs and bulls are bucking at the Thomas & Mack Center, boots are scooting on dance floors up and down the Strip, and cash is flowing all around. The National Finals Rodeo is in full swing, providing an annual reminder of the good that can happen when …
  • Trump’s presidency is without humor
    As with September’s memorial services for John McCain, expressions of mourning for George H.W. Bush — extolling his humility, loyalty, temperance, decency, bravery and devotion to public service — have contained thinly veiled rebukes of the current president. The sharpest one, I thought, came …
  • What has he been smocking?
    President Donald Trump was up early Monday morning, tweeting falsely that investigators have found “No Smocking Gun” that proves he did anything wrong. He meant “smoking,” of course. His vision must be …
  • GOP attacking democracy on several fronts
    In case after case, Republicans have demonstrated an eagerness to undercut democracy and tilt the rules of the game if doing so serves their ideological interests. The quiet coup by the GOP-controlled legislature in Wisconsin is designed to defy the voters’ wishes. It reflects …
  • Christmas in Europe coming under leaden skies
    There is not a dark cloud hanging over Europe. There are a bunch of them. Taken together they account for a sense of foreboding, not quite despair, but a definite feeling that things are unraveling and, worse, that there is no leadership — second-raters at all the national helms. That was the near consensus at the annual …
  • Just who are Trump’s allies in trade war?
    Where, after all, is the major constituency supporting Donald Trump’s tariffs and threats to exit international agreements? Big business hates the prospect of a trade war, and stocks plunge whenever that prospect becomes more likely. Labor hasn’t …
  • Tiny bee’s survival has big implications for the environment
    No species offers any clearer snapshot of the intricate relationships required to sustain a desert ecosystem that evolved over tens of thousands of years than the tiny Mojave poppy bee, which has now been reduced to only seven small populations, all of them …
  • For justice to prevail, the ‘blue wall of silence’ must come down
    This just in: Black men are still being killed by police officers for …
  • The ‘Next America’ is right around the corner
    “You know William Gibson’s line, ‘The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed’? Well, the future is here, and now it’s starting to really get distributed. This is the Next America. But our institutions and political parties have not …
  • NYT columnists ponder world affairs — and those red trees in the White House
    Bush 41 was probably the last president who refused to govern in a state of remorseless partisan war with his opponents. Obviously that wasn’t true of his political campaigns, particularly against …
  • Border wall cuts scar through desert environment
    Deep in this beautiful wilderness of sagebrush, wildflowers and soaptree yucca, a freshly minted 18-foot-high steel barrier towers over the landscape. Out here in the remote New Mexico desert, the new border wall is …
  • Why does Alexander Acosta still have a job?
    It is the perverse good fortune of Alexander Acosta, Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, to be part of an administration so spectacularly corrupt that it’s simply impossible to give all …
  • GOP’s climate denial went hand in hand with rise of Trumpism
    Many observers seem baffled by Republican fealty to Donald Trump — the party’s willingness to back him on all fronts, even after severe defeats in the midterm elections. What kind of party would show such support for a leader who is …
  • Bustling economy, rich diversity make Tijuana a special place
    Thousands of migrants are arriving in Tijuana to seek asylum in the United States. Some media are framing Tijuana as an unwelcoming and unsafe city. But as a lifelong resident of this special place, I want Americans to know …