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February 27, 2017

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Trump’s apathy toward anti-Semitism unbecoming of a leader
In finally addressing the terrible surge of hate speech, threats and criminal incidents at Jewish community centers and other institutions nationwide, President Donald Trump offered an all-too-brief, all-too-dispassionate “denunciation” of the people committing these acts ...
Monorail extension deserves to be in transportation mix
If expanding the monorail line would help MGM Resorts draw even a few more conventions to its Mandalay Bay center, the project would easily pay for itself in economic benefit to the community. Consider that a big event like the annual World of Concrete expo, which drew about 48,000 participants this year, produces $63.1 million in nongaming economic impact, while even a more modest convention, like the International Baking Industry Expo, generated $18.7 million in direct visitor spending last year from its 20,000 attendees. ...

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Dean Heller must speak up
You have chosen to vote for an unqualified lobbyist who cares little about public education. The vote is a reflection on you. That alone is enough to disqualify you from public office for many progressives. I believe that the secretary of education has limited power. Much of that has to do with the GOP’s efforts to diminish the effectiveness of the Education Department. ...
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By John Pauli, Las Vegas
Legislators support SJR 17
During the 2015 Nevada legislative session, we proudly supported Senate Joint Resolution 17, also known as Marsy’s Law, which would establish a specific set of rights in the Nevada Constitution for victims of crime. Because it is a constitutional amendment, Marsy’s Law must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and then be approved by voters. ...
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By Joyce Woodhouse, Patricia Farley and Becky Harris
Preventative health care is key
The cost of treating chronic illness continues to soar. The Triple Solution for a Healthier America says $3 out of every $4 in the federal health care budget is spent on treating chronic illness. ...
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By Christie Fielding, Las Vegas
Nevadans stand up to Heller
It’s shameful that Sen. Dean Heller is not listening to us. I called his office. Every day we’re calling his office. We’re showing up. We’re sending him mail. We’re tweeting him. And he’s just ignoring us. ...
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By Laura Deitsch, Las Vegas
Human contribution to climate change is clear
Global warming skepticism is a sign of blatant illiteracy. ...
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By Mark Bird, Las Vegas
Heller sold out kids for a chairmanship
He is a senator of a state with one of the poorest records in public education. I would think a high priority of his would be to have the best person possible to head the Education Department. He knew his no vote would have stopped this nomination, yet he chose to be a just another mop squeezer for the party and feather his own nest. He gets a cushy chairmanship while gambling with our children’s education. Every mom, dad, administrator and educator should view his vote as a slap in the face — something to remember in 2018. ...
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By Joe Van Rhyn, Las Vegas
Trump’s actions do not inspire confidence
Then there are his press conferences with foreign heads of state. Watching him deliver his prepared speeches can be excruciating, most recently when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited. Trump speaks so slowly that one could believe he has a significant impairment. On the podium, his hands follow every word on a prepared page while his mind attempts to follow. This does not engender confidence in his ability to govern. ...
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Encourage clean energy in Nevada
n a best-case scenario, Nevada could potentially produce enough renewable energy to cover 77 percent of the state’s electricity use by 2030. Even in a worst-case scenario, Nevada could go beyond Environmental Protection Agency expectations of renewable energy development (seven times over). Here is a call to Nevadans to make their voices heard during the legislative session. ...
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By Alondra Regalado, Las Vegas
Marvin Menzies deserves credit
Any sane individual tasked with what he faced would understandably decline. He had a returning roster of three players, one of whom dwells in constant injury hell. How he fielded a team in the time allotted is truly miraculous. And the fact that the team has won games is a tribute to his coaching ability. This was a good hire. ...
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Jim Hunter, Las Vegas
Trump’s policies hurting animals
The animals’ turn came at the beginning of the month by taking down the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) site that reports on government regulation of roughly 9,000 animal-handling facilities, including laboratories, dog breeders, fur farms, circuses, zoos and aquariums. The site is used every day by animal-protection activists to monitor government enforcement of the 1966 Animal Welfare Act, the only effective federal law protecting animals. ...
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By Lester Valez, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Yale of the 1960s helpful in understanding today’s politics
    In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Va., acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s,” he explains why today’s distemper was incubated in that “burnt and ravaged forest of a decade.”
  • Mother-in-law is heroic in joyful endurance
    We buried one of my heroes on Feb. 17. She was my mother-in-law. In the case of Helen Boyle, hero might be a form of understatement ...
  • State treasurer doing Nevadans a grave disservice
    No amount of public relations spin can bring Senate Bill 302, which authorized Education Savings Accounts (ESA) vouchers, back to life. ESAs are dead ...
  • Trump will continue his war on media, but how far will he take it?
    Since facts tend to be pliable in the custody of President Donald Trump, one wonders what comes next with his self-declared “running war with the media.”
  • Say no to Gorsuch, whose manifesto bodes ill for climate change fight
    Judge Neil Gorsuch was not on President Donald Trump’s first list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Gorsuch did, however, appear on a revised list just weeks after he wrote a controversial manifesto arguing that it should be easier for corporations and individuals suing federal agencies to have courts strike down regulations and overrule decisions by experts at agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency ...
  • Approach to the law makes Gorsuch good fit for Supreme Court
    Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, will be a worthy heir to the man he will replace: Justice Antonin Scalia ...
  • Trump’s first month definitely different from other presidents’
    You just came out of a yearlong coma and you’re trying to catch up. The unimaginable is real. The Cubs won the World Series. California has been drenched with so much rain that its biggest dam may fail. And in the first month of a new presidency, the leader of the free world has ...
  • Protected speech isn’t just for white people who agree with you
    Everybody loves free speech, it seems — and just about everybody also knows someone who they wish would just hush up.That’s an old saying that I just made up. It came to mind amid some of the protests that have been busting out all over Donald Trump’s America ...
  • Trump could make much-needed friends by embracing fraternity
    If you could give Donald Trump the gift of a single trait to help his presidency, what would it be? My first thought was that prudence was the most important gift one could give him ...
  • US jobs suffer more at hands of Americans than others
    At their post-Civil War apogee, 19th-century Republicans were the party of activist government, using protectionism to pick commercial winners and promising wondrous benefits from government’s deft interventions in economic life. Today, a Republican administration promises that wisely wielded Washington power can rearrange commercial activities in ways superior to those produced by private-sector calculations in free market transactions ...
  • Voting rights nightmares have just begun for US
    When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Elizabeth Warren as she was reading Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter denouncing Jeff Sessions, he jogged the memory of another Massachusetts Democrat, Rep. William Keating ...
  • Methane rule will benefit Nevadans
    We are also calling upon Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Dean Heller to hold oil and gas companies accountable by supporting a recently adopted rule that will cut natural gas waste on federal and tribal lands. The deliberate waste of methane through venting and flaring happens during the oil and gas production process throughout our nation every day. Emitting methane is dangerous. Methane release can trigger life-threatening asthma attacks, worsen respiratory conditions and cause cancer, which disproportionately affects the Hispanic community. What’s troublesome is that a significant level of these emissions are being generated in operations conducted on our public ...
  • Disruption may be best response to the Trump administration
    Donald Trump is a vulgar, uninformed, anti-intellectual, extremely unpopular grifter helming a family of grifters who apparently intend to milk their moment on the mount for every …
  • Mayor: Las Vegas is open, inclusive
    I strongly believe the solution to our immigration issues is to find a pathway to citizenship for those in our country who came here for the same reasons many of our ...
  • For Americans to unify, we must first decide who we are
    As late as the 1960s, liberalism as well as conservatism identified with these particularisms, and with a national narrative that honored and included them. The exhortations of civil rights activists assumed a Christian moral consensus. Liberal intellectuals linked the New Deal and the Great Society to Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Pop-culture utopians projected …