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July 16, 2018

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As Rosenstein says, Americans must think patriotically, not politically
With a few calmly delivered yet thunderously powerful remarks Friday, Rod Rosenstein delivered a triumphant moment for American patriotism.
Illinois congressman is back to waste more time on Yucca Mountain
Maybe the 11 congressmen who are scheduled to accompany Rep. John Shimkus this weekend on a tour of Yucca Mountain will ...
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Carbon program is a winner
Three major oil companies have endorsed and are lobbying for a carbon fee and dividend framework proposed by two well-known Republicans. Growing congressional support could lead to the implementation of this win-win solution.
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By Rita Ransom, Las Vegas
You can’t please some Democrats
Before President Donald Trump nominated a replacement to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Democrats were readying for another “Bork” moment.
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By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas
We can afford to care for our own
Why can’t we afford to feed our children and adults who go hungry but we have money to give to countries that detest us and we have presidents who waste tremendous amounts of money needlessly flying to places that have nothing to do with our security?
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By Myke King, Boulder City
GOP is no friend of middle class
Now, to lower the deficit that was exacerbated by their tax cuts, the House is ready to bring a bill to the floor cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.
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By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Our president is anti-children
His 2017 tax legislation favors children of the 1 percent to the detriment of children of the 99 percent.
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By Mark Bird, Las Vegas
Airline is discriminating against dogs
Pit bulls rank among the most tolerant dogs tested by the American Temperament Test Society.
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By Darryl Cornelius, Las Vegas
The nation needs Obama
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court has made it crucial that Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates.
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There’s no cause for impeachment
It cracks me up when I hear that Democrats have plans to impeach President Donald Trump should they win a majority in the November midterms.
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By Eugene Dunn, Medford, N.Y.
Development has too many risks
At a recent Clark County Commission meeting, we learned that the county is considering legislation to obtain and sell off public lands to developers.
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By Annoula Wylderich, Las Vegas
Red Rock is under attack
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a global treasure. Two million people a year pay tribute to the environment, geology and beauty of the canyon. The treasure is being threatened …
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By Evan Blythin, Blue Diamond

Other Voices »

  • We might be able to save an innocent man
    The horror began with a nighttime home invasion and the stabbings of a white family, and was compounded when sheriff’s deputies arrested and framed a black man for murder.
  • Kavanaugh is not the fight to pick
    With apologies to “Animal House’s” Otter, Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is not the time “a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”
  • Kidnapping doesn’t make America great
    The Trump administration’s kidnapping — that’s the proper word — of the children of would-be migrants should be seen as an ongoing criminal conspiracy. Somebody ought to go to jail.
  • The center isn’t dead, it’s thriving
    Enough about the Freedom Caucus. Enough about the Democratic Socialists of America. They’re flamboyant players in our political debate, but they’re extremes: More politicians — and most Americans — occupy the expansive territory in between.
  • Baseball may be broken, but don’t fix it
    It is a prudential axiom: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that they often are larger than and contrary to intended ones. As baseball reaches the all-star break amid lamentations about several semi-broken aspects of it, it is time to amend the axiom: Don’t fix it even if it is broken.
  • Affirmative action on the ropes in Trump era
    If there were ever a time to be alarmed by the state of our nation’s civil rights in the 21st century, it would be now.
  • Boomers to blame for the mess we’re in
    When did we move from being the No. 1 superpower both in military and economic terms to a nation torn in half and fighting among itself?
  • No time for liberal despair
    The fight over President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee is going to feel frustrating for Democrats. Not long after stealing one Supreme Court seat, Republicans will have a chance to fill a second and move the court further to the right.
  • After Kavanaugh, the deluge
    In the second year of his presidency, Donald Trump has become more and more willing to act Trumpishly rather than deferring to the official wisdom of his party.
  • Public debates need more veteran voices
    In 2002, I was a 23-year-old platoon leader, and I didn’t have much interest in politics. I considered my role in policy to be solely in the execution, especially during a time of war. My job was to take lawful orders and lead my men to their successful completion. But it wasn’t that I was totally oblivious to national and international issues.
  • Hypocrites move the judicial goalpost
    Be prepared for a festival of hypocrisy, evasion and misdirection from supporters of the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Begin with the idea that because Kavanaugh is qualified, well-educated, intelligent and likable, senators should fall in line behind him. Sorry, but Senate Republicans have already demonstrated …
  • Trade wars have serious ramifications
    The United States is fighting everyone, it seems. Not in shooting wars, mostly limited these days to skirmishes in the Middle East, but in trade wars that could erupt …
  • The village that raised Kavanaugh
    In the weeks ahead, we’re going to spend a lot of time going over Brett Kavanaugh’s biography — where he’s from and what he’s written. But that’s not the most important way to …
  • Tariffs, tax cuts and Trump’s false promises
    More than half of America’s soybean exports typically go to China, but Chinese tariffs will shift much of that demand to Brazil, and countries that normally get their soybeans from Brazil have raced to replace them with U.S. beans. The perverse result is that the prospect of tariffs has …
  • Was Mueller’s appointment unconstitutional?
    The president, who might not be fully acquainted with the pertinent Supreme Court case law, says the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel was unconstitutional. The president’s opinion, because it is his, is prima facie evidence for …