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January 23, 2017

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Safety outweighs market forces when it comes to gun sales
According to Everytown for Gun Safety, at least 247 American children 17 and younger unintentionally injured or killed someone last year with a firearm. Among younger children especially, a common factor was that the child thought the weapon was a toy ...
Zinke must uphold Gold Butte’s new protected status
For proof, Zinke should start by talking to William Anderson, former chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians. After the announcement that Obama had signed his order, a grateful Anderson gave an impassioned speech outlining why the area was an environmental and cultural treasure that deserved protection. He described the land’s importance to the tribe, which has been living on it for centuries, and the pain that tribe members felt in recent years after seeing ancient petroglyphs in the area desecrated by vandals and the ecology damaged by campers and riders of off-road vehicles. ...

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Finland plan may be problematic
found the concept of Finland giving money to its citizens interesting (“Finland experimenting with universal basic income,” Las Vegas Sun, Jan. 3), but I have …
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By Jack Oliver, Las Vegas
Officials worked hard for Nevadans
The Gold Butte region is home to a pristine desert landscape with rugged mountains and canyons, Joshua trees, prehistoric fossils, majestic wildlife and an abundant …
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By Jacqueline Palacios, North Las Vegas
Trump should not be president
All the facts have been established by our intelligence agencies, and they prove that Russian agents hacked our democratic election process. Donald Trump encouraged this hacking by blatantly requesting that …
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Trump’s ego is running the show
His ego is running the most powerful machine in the world and has all U.S. assets at its disposal. Trump is not a successful businessman, he’s a successful con man. He has caused thousands of people who trusted him and did business with him to lose a lot of money. ...
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By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Cybersecurity a major concern
Populations en masse can be immobilized and rendered paralyzed. They can be starved of their capacity to produce the stream of life-sustaining energy and other resources needed for survival. For this reason, contra cyberwar technology is not only urgently required, but America must see living proof of this fact. ...
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
Israel needs American support
Israel continues to stand ready at all times to negotiate a two-state peace agreement with Palestine in spite of the fact that the little sovereignty they have is divided between Hamas and Fatah, both terrorist organizations committed to destroying Israel. ...
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By Patricia Luther-Mank, Henderson
Once hidden gem, now monument
Native American tribes enjoyed the rock features, the resources and the location of Gold Butte long before modern Nevadans. One of the best things about Gold Butte is the feeling of being transported back in time, sitting in a shady spot admiring the rock art. ...
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By Jesy Simons, Las Vegas
Remember Clinton, improve elections
Trump’s actions must make China nervous when he demanded they return our drone — two days after they had returned it. Then he tweeted about adding more nuclear weapons. That’s crazy! He tweets at night, and his staff has to spend the next day “explaining” what he meant. Mitt Romney was right when he said Trump was a phony, a fraud and a con man. ...
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By Janice Herr, Las Vegas
Heller should support economy
It is disappointing, however, to read that Sen. Dean Heller still opposes protections for this area. Maybe he wants to build a big industrial park out there, but I and 71 percent of Nevadans would rather see it used for recreation and for the protection of historical sites, be they Native American, mining or ranching sites. ...
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By Jim Boone, Las Vegas
Electoral College is damaging US
Foreigners who have been following our election are incredulous. How, they ask, can a presidential hopeful win the popular vote (the people’s choice) and be denied the presidency? ...
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By R.N. Lane, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • State’s Democratic leadership vows to put Nevadans first
    As the leaders of the state Assembly and Senate, we look forward to a productive session that will focus on an agenda that is pro-jobs, pro-family and pro-education, while also …
  • This time, Southern Nevada’s economic growth is sustainable
    What a wonderful time to be doing business in Las Vegas. Our community has come a long way from the Great Recession. We are achieving record visitor volume, our unemployment rate is near 5 percent and long-awaited commercial developments have been completed and are flourishing.
  • Guest Column: Stop looking away; take action
    Anyone who has been to Foremaster Lane on the fringe of downtown Las Vegas knows the feeling of averting our heads and driving a bit faster. Anyone who has driven around town near road tunnels knows the feeling. Go faster. Avert our eyes. Pretend this doesn’t exist. Pretend it is someone else’s problem. And then our eyes look upward to the beautiful hotels and the shiny buildings that greet millions of tourists, and we are hypnotized into thinking things are OK. And they are not ...
  • Trump must join us all in embracing King’s dream
    This week presents us with great irony: observing the birth of the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts a half-century ago to sow love and empathy among and for all people, regardless of their race, and the inauguration of a president who, in his quest for the White House, sowed divisiveness, distrust and discord among those same people. The marked contrast between these two men should prompt us to look seriously at our past, present and future ...
  • Gold Butte designation protects tribe’s history
    President Barack Obama named Gold Butte a national monument Dec. 28, ensuring its preservation for years to come and generations to follow. In his proclamation, the president noted the importance of the land to the Southern Paiutes or Nuwuvi people. On behalf of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, I want to thank his administration, as well as Nevada champions such as Sen. Harry Reid and Congresswoman Dina Titus, for taking this important step and recognizing the crucial need to protect our piece of the Grand Canyon ...
  • How much do you know about MLK, civil rights movement?
    One of the greatest leaders of 20th century America, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., challenged the United States to uphold the promise of the Declaration of Independence that all men be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ...
  • Calls for support of the press needed now more than ever
    I would have been delighted by Meryl Streep’s pitch for press freedom and the Committee to Protect Journalists even if — full disclosure — I were not a member of its board. Of course, Trump responded to Streep by ignoring her, right? After all, a president-elect has more important things to worry about than the displeasure of a Hollywood star, right? Yes, I’m kidding ...
  • Restore hospital Medicare payments with ACA repeal
    In the new year, Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If they are successful, it is imperative that they reverse Medicare payment cuts to hospitals and clinics that were embedded in the ACA and are so important to caregivers in Nevada ...
  • Mother just one of many hoping son judged for who he is, not his ethnicity
    Panic set in. I was supposed to get dinner with him at Chili’s, my pregnancy cravings running wild for those honey chipotle chicken crispers. We had just talked about it on the phone less than an hour before. After a few minutes of waiting in the car, his family saw me, came outside and said, “He was pulled over by the police driving home in the work truck and they took him.” I sped back home, tears streaming down my face, and frantically told my parents what was going on ...
  • Hillary Clinton should fulfill rumors of her N.Y. comeback
    Hillary Clinton as New York City mayor? Imagine the fun. I’m fantasizing, yes, but with a glimmer of encouragement. Newsmax, a conservative outlet, recently reported that Democrats who couldn’t abide the city’s current mayor, Bill de Blasio, were courting Clinton to run against him in a Democratic primary this year and deny him a second term ...
  • Nevada’s clean air and water will be at risk with Scott Pruitt leading EPA
    Negative rhetoric about the EPA has been a distraction from how much the agency supports Nevada and other states. In 2016, the EPA provided Nevada with nearly $35 million in grants to improve water systems, implement pollution controls and clean up environmental damage. If the EPA’s budget gets slashed — a likelihood under Pruitt — the states will have less support and resources to tap into. ...
  • Millenials, Muslims painted with broad brush
    The 60th annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum allowed me to meet and interact with fellow students who feel strongly about social and political issues that impact people all over the world. This amazing event was a public platform for positive political discourse and discussion — a true realization of First Amendment rights in action ...
  • Students: Do away with hate, negativity
    Nov. 29, 2016, is a date I’ll never forget. It was the day of my first year at the Sun Youth Forum, and I was blown out of the water. I was surrounded by like-minded students who took a stance in their community and used their voice for the better. Everyone in our room had something to say; some butted heads, but for the most part we all came to a civil conclusion ...
  • Labor appointment more proof of Trump selling out his base
    “Watch what we do, not what we say.” At the beginning of Richard Nixon’s presidency, that’s how Attorney General John Mitchell explained the way reporters could best understand what the country was about to experience. It’s also good advice for understanding the administration of the billionaire phony populist who will assume the presidency next month ...
  • Don’t treat Trump’s actions as normal; they’re dangerous
    The election of Trump poses such a significant — and singular — threat to this country that for me all other issues are unfortunately, temporarily I hope, subsumed by the unshakable sense of impending calamity he presages ...