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September 21, 2019

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Irresponsible ‘locked and loaded’ tweet leaves few options for Trump
The White House has tried to walk back Donald Trump’s “locked and loaded” tweet after this past weekend’s attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, but the damage is…
U.S. News rankings are latest sign of higher-ed problems in Nevada
Although the U.S. News & World Report rankings are only one indicator of colleges’ performance, they speak to two major problems with higher education in Nevada ...

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What kind of friend are you?
I talk to people with varying views from mine every day and occasionally even have a drink with them, but that doesn’t make us friends ­— just associates. And being associates is good, but …
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By Damond Kelly, Las Vegas
Arbitrary lines, arbitrary law
Regarding the letter (“Letters draw disagreement,” Sept. 15) in which the writer sides in favor of the Electoral College by asking, “Do you want 40 million residents …
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By Merritt Carlton, Las Vegas
Time to vote out McConnell
In today’s world of no government at all, who died and made Senate Republican Leader “Moscow Mitch” McConnell God? I can’t believe the people of Kentucky approve of …
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By Bobbie Wilkinson, Las Vegas
Stop leasing of public lands
I adamantly oppose unchecked oil and gas drilling on Nevada’s public lands. I and many other residents of our state enjoy the pristine beauty and recreational opportunities on our beloved public lands. We sure don’t want to see …
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By Rita Ransom, Las Vegas
Follow the heart in voting booth
Do people vote with their brains or their heart or both? I am a believer that it is both, with heavy emphasis on …
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By Stan Olson, Las Vegas
NRA is not a terrorist group
In a Sept 13 letter in the Sun, a writer decries that due to mass shootings the “NRA should …
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By J.J. Schrader, Henderson
It’s wrong to cancel primaries
Of all the frightening things that have occurred during Donald Trump’s presidency, the most bone-chilling is the growing number of states, Nevada among them, that …
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By Fran Abbott, Las Vegas
Risks at Yucca are too high
Please oppose the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project. The risk of storing nuclear waste in the area is far too high, and there are other adequate solutions that …
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By Evan Gatesman, Las Vegas
IDs needed
You have to produce valid ID to cash a check, get Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid …
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By Bob Goldstein, Las Vegas
Don’t sit out 2020 election
Today we have a president who has divided this country as never seen before in my lifetime, and I am 85 years young. He calls anyone that doesn’t agree with him horrible names. He prefers our citizens to be only …
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By Jerry Zodin, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Cuomo vs. Warren is fight Democrats need
    In the debates and on the trail, Joe Biden looks beatable. Even worse, he often seems confused and feeble. Too old, perhaps. You have to wonder what Andrew Cuomo thinks. What goes through the governor’s mind as …
  • Me first and the loss of compassion
    America stands at a crossroads today. Terrorism and nuclear proliferation, immigration, climate change or the growing gap between rich and poor reveal policy priorities that increasingly segregate society. Americans have been …
  • Hong Kong stands athwart an increasingly nasty regime
    Lee Cheuk-yan, unlike most Americans, remembers and reveres Lane Kirkland, a hero of the first Cold War. During 16 years as leader of the AFL-CIO, 1979-1995, Kirkland gave crucial support, both material and moral, to Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement in Poland, where it was an early tremor in the political earthquake that ended European communism. Here, in this island city at the other end of the Eurasian land mass …
  • Margaret Atwood’s dystopia, and ours
    After Donald Trump’s election, sales of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood’s canonical 1985 novel of theocratic totalitarianism, spiked, along with other dystopian classics like George Orwell’s “1984.” Atwood’s book takes place in a world where …
  • Blessed are the refugees
    By almost any metric, America’s refugees tend to succeed, or at least their children do. Whatever they do to enrich themselves, they enrich the country a great deal more. Empirical data on immigrant success overwhelmingly confirm …
  • Trump administration is more ‘Game of Thrones’ than ‘West Wing’
    I want to hear the Democratic presidential candidates explain, convincingly, how they’re going to beat Donald Trump. Then I want to hear how they propose to repair the devastating damage Trump has done to all three branches of government — and to our trust in …
  • Mandate E-Verify to stop abusive employers
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents recently arrested more than 680 workers at seven Mississippi food-processing plants. The series of workplace raids — among the largest in a decade — underscores the Trump administration’s determination to …
  • Three years is too long to postpone search for new president at UNLV
    Faculty leaders at UNLV have offered up a hit-and-miss idea with their newly proposed solution to the university’s leadership turmoil. In the proposal the faculty urges ...
  • Let’s debate: Are Democrats doomed?
    There were a lot of good politicians on the debate stage in Houston. But the night rang hollow as they clung to the old conventions — the overcoached performances, the canned lines, the pandering, the well-worn childhood anecdotes meant to …
  • More Jeffrey Epsteins are still out there
    If we want to channel our outrage at the Jeffrey Epstein case in a productive way, we could: A) ramp up prosecution of pimps who traffic children; B) prosecute johns who rape girls and boys; C) assist programs for survivors of trafficking; and D) support …
  • We must support the next generation of leaders and secure our economic future
    With higher education becoming increasingly unaffordable, more must be done to remove barriers to education and put the future of our workers, communities and economy first …
  • Eye of the storm: Americans can’t remain silent on hurricane relief
    In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, tens of thousands of homeless Bahamians live in crisis, trapped amid rubble and human remains. Once again, a catastrophic natural disaster has devastated a Caribbean island and our federal government has failed to respond to humanitarian needs. By turning our backs on this human suffering, we …
  • The real opponent has finally dawned on Democrats
    After spending the first half-hour of Thursday’s debate tearing each other apart over health care — which happens to be their party’s strongest issue — the Democratic presidential candidates realized …
  • President hits the panic button
    Donald Trump marked the anniversary of 9/11 by repeating several lies about his own actions on that day. But that wasn’t his only concern. He also spent part of the day writing a series of tweets excoriating Federal Reserve officials as “Boneheads” and demanding that they immediately put into effect emergency measures to stimulate the economy — emergency measures that are normally …
  • Look to cities for government that works
    Data from the Pew Research Center show that just 17 percent of Americans say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time.” And who can blame them? With plenty of discouraging examples and today’s toxic public discourse, it’s no wonder …