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April 28, 2017

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Trump’s vitriol toward Mexico is dangerous to U.S.
Donald Trump promises to crack down on drug trafficking from Mexico to make the United States safer from cartel violence. But his policies not only will fail to ...
UNLV makes deft choice in hiring A.D. with a J.D.
Incoming UNLV Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois has spent nearly 20 years as a college athletics administrator, including at such high-level universities as Virginia Tech University and the University of Tennessee. ....

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How to pay for infrastructure
By the end of World War II, the U.S. had sold more than $185 billion ($2.5 trillion in today’s dollars) worth of war bonds to finance the war. War bonds were government-issued savings bonds that generated capital for that war and made citizens feel involved in the national effort. ...
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By Ed Mikula, North Las Vegas
Land program deserves support
For many of us in Southern Nevada, the public lands that surround Las Vegas are a place to picnic with our children, hike, mountain bike, camp and boat. Many of the amenities that we enjoy and make our experiences richer have been funded through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA). Recently, a leak of the federal budget proposal revealed a plan to remove $230 million from the program. ...
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By Paula Garrett, Las Vegas
President’s word means nothing
During a recent interview with CNN about President Donald Trump’s commitment to early campaign promises, Vice President Mike Pence said, “President Trump is a man of his word.” ...
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By Sam Pizzo, Henderson
State should lead on clean energy
I appreciated your article examining some of the great work being done by the Nevada Legislature this session on making Nevada the national leader in clean energy. ...
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By Jerry Holliday, Las Vegas
Rebutting letter on death penalty
The writer of the April 19 letter headlined “Death penalty should endure” claims that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to future crimes. He argues that death penalty opponents ignore “the obvious fact” that executing someone deters that individual “100 percent” from committing another crime. ...
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By Steve Danning, Las Vegas
Help environment by changing diet
At a time of concern over environmental budget cuts, each of us can also help with our driving, our recycling and our diet. ...
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By Lester Valez, Las Vegas
Beastiality bill deserves support
It’s a sensitive subject, but having sex with animals in Nevada is still surprisingly legal. ...
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By Annoula Wylderich, Las Vegas
I’m hanging up on Las Vegas
On March 15, I was enjoying my annual trip to Nevada and Arizona. ...
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By Paul Smotas, Calabash, N.C.
Saying goodbye to a funny man
Rickles left a wide void with his departure from the insult comedy world. ...
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By Bill Spitalnick, Newport Beach, Calif.
Trump is unfit
It is clear that we have a president who could, because of his mental imbalance, lead us to a nuclear war or break the bonds of our alliances in many parts of the world and turn our country into a lackey of Russia. ...
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By Cesar F. Lumba, Las Vegas

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  • French poised to elect their version of Obama
    The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others’ political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate that of others. So on May 7, they might confer their presidency on a Gallic Barack Obama ...
  • Western civilization ideals in need of defense
    Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.” They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the Egyptians, through Athens, Magna Carta, the Age of Faith, the Renaissance and the Declaration of the Rights of Man. The series was phenomenally successful, selling more than 2 million copies. ...
  • In health care, equality could be unreasonable goal
    It’s mostly in health that the egalitarian drive is all-consuming. Why so? My pet theory is illustrated via three hypothetical cases: ...
  • Trump test: The president’s first 100 days
    We’re coming up fast on Donald Trump’s 100th day as president. I know, I know, it seems like longer. But a lot has definitely happened. So here’s Part I of the Trump 100-Day Quiz. Today: friends, family and assorted appointees. ...
  • Climate scientists aghast at Trump’s actions
    Nearly 100 days into a presidency remarkably thin on legislative success, one area where the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress have notched indisputable gains is on the environment. ...
  • Did backlash from Trump vote help sink O’Reilly?
    Fans of Bill O’Reilly are predictably upset that Fox News has pulled the plug on his popular show, “The O’Reilly Factor.” But take heart, folks. Bill O’Reilly isn’t really gone. Not only has he started a podcast, but you can hear his spirit in the Oval Office. ...
  • Fate of Venezuela hinges on unity of opposition
    The decision by Venezuela’s Supreme Court, a political poodle of President Nicolas Maduro, to take over the powers of the opposition-controlled National Assembly has sparked off massive demonstrations that the government’s vicious repression has been unable to stop. Although the decision was reversed later, the spirit of rebellion has proven resilient. The death toll among demonstrators is rising and hundreds more have been injured. ...
  • Trump’s border wall fantasy falling apart
    In the annals of pathetic climbdowns, this Sunday morning tweet from President Donald Trump deserves a special place of honor, or perhaps dishonor: ...
  • Nothing’s pro-life about denying aid to women
    When President Donald Trump and his (male) aides sit at a conference table deciding to cut off money to women’s health programs abroad, they call it a “pro-life” move. ...
  • GOP can’t think its way out of this box
    The important thing to remember is that these problems don’t keep popping up because the people devising the plans are careless, and keep forgetting crucial issues. They’re popping up because the GOP is trying to stuff a big balloon into a small box, and every time you squeeze it somewhere it …
  • Are our tax dollars buying us security?
    Russia has for some time been more, rather than less, dependent on nuclear weapons for its security, and North Korea, sadly but predictably, sees its nuclear arsenal as a deterrent or counterbalance to the overwhelming military, nuclear, economic and political power of the U.S./South Korea/Japan alliance. So it’s fair to ask if U.S. nuclear and conventional superiority encourages rather than …
  • Sessions’ comment on Hawaii hints at the damage he’s causing
    Members of the executive branch have every right to criticize and appeal lower-court decisions, but what Sessions suggested is that Derrick Watson, the federal judge in question, somehow lost his right to rule because of …
  • Our government is not Trump’s property
    Two issues are paramount in American politics. The first is whether President Trump will get away with his arrogant dismissal of the public’s right to a transparent government free of corrupting conflicts of interest. The second is whether those who would hold him to account remain focused, mobilized and determined. ...
  • Dealing with ugly speech should be in curriculum
    Controversial, critical, confrontational and challenging speech is an essential part of any successful college education. Without it, institutions of higher education cannot truly be said to be preparing students for the world outside of the ivory tower. ...
  • Ethnic wealth gap shows no sign of shrinking
    Thirteen times. After the “Great Society” War on Poverty programs instituted by President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s, after the economic “empowerment zones” implemented in ghettos by President Richard Nixon in the 1970s and after tremendous post-recession job growth during President Barack Obama’s two-term administration, that’s the number that reverberates. ...