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July 21, 2017

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Environmental regulations weren’t created without cause
So, Donald Trump supporters, you say you’re all for dialing back environmental regulations and taking us back to the good ol’ days before those frumps at the Environmental Protection Agency started ...
Reid, Sandoval, Clinton and Bush offer leadership worth emulating
On the same day the nation endured yet another blast of idiocy from our president — this one involving the need to make his border wall transparent so that people wouldn’t be hit by bags of drugs being thrown over the existing wall — news out of Carson City and Dallas showed what can happen when responsible leaders are …

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Lands need protectors
Public lands need to remain public. That’s the purpose of our National Park Service and the value our national monuments bring. ...
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By Cherry Vercher, Las Vegas
Voter panel an overreach
While our president was campaigning, he and other Republicans insisted there was too much government in our lives. ...
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By Theresa Krause, Boulder City
Message was spot-on
Any and all elected officials who are not willing to work together with unbiased goals should get out of politics. ...
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By Mary and Bob Sprenger, Las Vegas
Voter probe a vital need
Over the years there have been many scattered reports of voter fraud, but there has never been a real investigation into just how widespread voter fraud has become. I especially am curious about …
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By Nicholas P. Gartner, Henderson
Artist was Comic Con hero
I fought sluggish crowds in vain at the Con in search of the right piece to get signed by Burt Ward, until I came to Eddie’s lonely booth in the back. Initially, he said he had nothing with Robin, but then searched in a box and found the magic piece — the original black-and-white drawing of the …
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Larry Estes, Las Vegas
Remove politics from health care
Just think of all the benefits we’d get with a single-payer health care system. And it doesn’t have to be Republican, Democrat, independent, …
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By Elizabeth “Betty” Jones, Las Vegas
Football isn’t fun and games
Regarding the July 8 column in the Las Vegas Sun about football injuries (“Football used to be my passion, but I can’t watch it anymore”), these have long been my sentiments. Thank you, Daniel Ruth, for expressing so eloquently the …
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By Mary L. Schrandt, Las Vegas
Anger directed at wrong target
I literally started laughing when I read how “furious” Donald Trump backers were over Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., not supporting the Senate’s first version of their hero’s …
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By Tim Weaver, Henderson
Single payer the way to go
Like many of my European and Canadian military colleagues, I just shake my head at the ludicrous, inefficient and patchwork health care system we …
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By Bob Foessett, Las Vegas
Here’s a cheat sheet on Trump Jr. scandal
Nobody can talk about anything but Donald Trump Jr. and his Kremlin connections. You probably have some questions. Fire …
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By Gail Collins

Other Voices »

  • Privatization a solution to nations with failing schools
    Imagine an elementary school where students show up, but teachers don’t. Where 100 students squeeze into a classroom but don’t get any books. Where teachers are sometimes illiterate and periodically abuse students. Where families pay under the table to get a “free” education, yet students don’t learn to read. ...
  • ‘Five-O’ contract dispute puts CBS under microscope
    If the four actors were originally cast as equally billed co-stars, then why were Kim and Park apparently lowballed on their salaries? ...
  • Up for a challenge? Look at tough issue with fresh eyes
    Righteousness comes easily in these polarized times. We all have reasons for our opinions, and we tend to be surrounded by people who hold similar ones. The more we talk politics, the more confident we can become that we’re right. ...
  • Air Force eyeing next frontier in combat
    It is said that America’s armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation’s history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of the no-fly zone in Iraq after Desert Storm. ...
  • Senate should seek clarity on NATO policy
    In nominating former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to be America’s next ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, President Donald Trump tapped a top-notch stateswoman to serve in an important diplomatic post. ...
  • Opinion: Trump’s use of language anything but ‘beautiful’
    I know that there are things of graver consequence in Donald Trump’s regime than his diction, but as a person whose vocation concerns him with language, I am simply appalled by Trump’s savage mauling of that language. ...
  • Senator to stage career fairs for veterans
    America’s veterans deserve the utmost respect and gratitude for their courageous service and the profound sacrifices they and their families have made for our country. ...
  • Trump at 6 months: Suffering just starting
    How long could Donald Trump’s presidency possibly last? Would impeachment or the 25th Amendment undo him? Before Trump, few of us even knew of the 25th Amendment, which allows …
  • Is a CEO worth 347 times more than average worker?
    An awful lot of Americans are skeptical about the value of their nation’s corporate executives. As a 2016 nationwide survey reveals, 74 percent of Americans believe that top corporate executives are overpaid. This public dismay with CEO compensation exists despite the fact that …
  • Americans deserve better than Trump — much better
    It’s exhausting, I know, but don’t let outrage fatigue numb you to the moral bankruptcy and gross incompetence of the Trump administration. This ugly departure from American norms and values must be opposed with sustained passion — and with the knowledge that …
  • Nevada students need Heller’s support
    Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., has a chance to advocate for such schools as those in the Clark County School District, which received $5.2 million in funding to expand access to high-speed internet services in 2016 thanks to …
  • Game of Trump speeds toward unhappy ending
    So far in life, Donald Trump has survived and thrived on the same philosophy espoused by Littlefinger in “Game of Thrones”: “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” But is the rampant deception and corruption in his gaudy, jangly realm about to engulf the Emperor of Chaos? Is this the grisly endgame for …
  • History is watching Heller, other holdouts on health care
    In the debate over Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan for Social Security, Rep. James Wadsworth said the system would make government “so vast, so powerful as to threaten the integrity of our institutions and to pull the pillars of the temple down upon the heads of our …
  • Nevada should snuff out pot distributor mandate
    State-led marijuana legalization has led to Onion-like headlines across the country. “Here comes the first Church of Cannabis,” “Colorado to offer one-day tax holiday on ...
  • Let’s hit the reset button
 on health care legislation
    The process now underway in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act reminds me of what would happen if you tried to thread a small darning needle with a strand of bulky yarn: It won’t go through the eye. The more you try to pull the strand through the eye, the less useful the yarn coming through …