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September 22, 2017

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L.V. goes to D.C.: Why 100 local leaders are headed to Washington
Put the brakes on Yucca Mountain. Hit the accelerator on Interstate 11. Those are among the messages that local government, community and business leaders will take to Washington, D.C., next week during the ...
Why is DACA vital in Las Vegas? Here are four reasons
Of the many reasons for Las Vegas residents to demand that our national leaders save DACA, a prominent one is the effect that rescinding it would have on ...

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Letters to the Editor

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Federal diabetes program is vital
I urge Nevada’s legislators to renew the Special Diabetes Program — historically bipartisan federal funding that is vital to finding a cure. ...
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By Laura Brigham, Reno
Heller should oppose EPA cuts
The Environmental Protection Agency is looking at a potential budget cut of 31 percent. Across the nation, people are protesting bids by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to put their own special interest first. ...
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By Courtney Jones, Las Vegas
I’ve had it with Trump
I don’t regularly write letters to the editor of newspapers, but it’s time I make an exception. ...
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By Larry Burgess, Henderson
EPA must be fully funded
I was personally affected by Hurricane Irma. Hopefully my concerns, along with all the others who know the effects of global warming, will lead the powers that be to understand the importance of the job the Environmental Protection Agency has done to protect our environment, and in turn, our lives. ...
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By Eva G. Parsons, Las Vegas
Unions offer equal opportunity
In the last century, many people fought and died for the right to join a union. It was the only way they could have any say in what happened to them economically, and it was a way to band together to fight the greed of a millionaire class that used them to become even richer, while overworking and underpaying them. ...
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By Joan Bockholt, North Las Vegas
Congress must save DACA
Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the administration is adding a black mark to the United States. ...
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By John Burke, Henderson
Kudos to Brian Greenspun
Here’s a great “Rah rah!” to Brian Greenspun for his well-written article calling out the R-J for what it publishes. ...
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Column got it right on R-J
Regretfully, Brian Greenspun announced in his editorial that Sheldon Adelson was taking the R-J even further to the right. As the state and Las Vegas specifically move from purple to blue in the coming years, the largest news outlet in Southern Nevada will provide less diverse viewpoints. ...
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By Larry I. Miller, Las Vegas
Thumbs down on column
For somebody who says he supports the First Amendment, Brian Greenspun sure trashes the R-J for allowing it. ...
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By Jon Williams, Las Vegas
R-J’s Root not worth reading
Thank you, thank you, thank you for Brian Greenspun’s Aug. 27 column on Review-Journal columnist Wayne Allyn Root. (“Don’t let bad ideas take root, R-J.) ...
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By Janet Schell, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Latinos must get involved in water issues
    Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that Lake Mead has enough water in it to avoid cutbacks in use for Nevada and Arizona — barely. We must get educated and engaged if we want to protect this precious resource and millions who depend on it. And Latinos, whose cultural and historical roots have been watered by the Colorado River, must lead in this effort. ...
  • S. Korea’s goal: Make Kim fear for his life
    Kill the king and the regime will collapse. ...
  • ACA repeal bill will test McCain’s principles anew
    It looks as if John McCain’s Senate colleagues are going to test him once again. And the health insurance of millions of Americans depends on the outcome. ...
  • What happened? Nation’s political axis tilted
    Leaders of both major parties are wrong to think of the 2016 election as some kind of fluke. I believe a political realignment is underway, and those who fail to discern its outlines could end up powerless and irrelevant. ...
  • For some in Congress, silencers are golden
    The gridlock in Congress has been so bad that there’s even been a shortage of insane gun bills. ...
  • Talking Trump with a voice from above
    The famous televangelist Jim Bakker, who is preaching again on television after a rape accusation and a prison term for financial fraud, recently warned that Christians would start an armed insurrection if President Donald Trump were impeached. ...
  • Empty promises: Government debt will keep rising
    Candidate Donald Trump said last March that he would eliminate the federal debt in eight years. This would be possible, he said, by renegotiating trade deals. He never actually explained how more favorable trade deals would fill government coffers, but he didn’t really have to. This was a campaign promise he never had any intention of keeping. ...
  • Time will not erode opposition to Trump
    When Congress has to pass a joint resolution condemning white supremacy and plunk it on the desk of the “president” — in an effort to force him to sign it and daring him not to — you know that we as a country are beyond the pale. ...
  • Inclusive STEM workforce key to state’s economic health
    Before representing Nevada in Congress, I worked in Las Vegas as a computer programmer and systems analyst in what’s been long considered a male-dominated industry. It wasn’t easy. Like millions of women today, I experienced wage discrimination and the difficulties that come with challenging the gender stereotype associated with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Despite the progress we’ve made since then, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women still make up less than a quarter of the STEM workforce despite making up nearly half the U.S. workforce. ...
  • Promises by both parties facing reality test
    A week ago, Donald Trump demanded that Congress move quickly to enact his tax reform plan. But so far he has not, in fact, offered any such plan. Not only is there no detailed legislative proposal, his administration hasn’t even settled on the basic outlines of what it wants. ...
  • Despite rhetoric, US economy isn’t broken
    The evidence from the past two years strongly supports those who have argued all along that income has not decoupled from productivity. A wide range of economists …
  • How to deal with Kim? Employ Cold War strategy
    Despite the headlines that seem to foreshadow nuclear war today, the same strategy that worked with the Soviet Union can work with North Korea. In fact, this strategy has already …
  • ‘Moochin’ Mnuchins’ taking nation for a ride
    Mnuchin comes from a world where rich people get free stuff all the time. Now he is in a different world, one where taxpayers are on the hook. “We’re starting to see a pattern with Steve Mnuchin,” says Walter Shaub, former chief of the Office of Government Ethics, now at the Campaign Legal Center. “This is the tone from the top, that …
  • GOP’s new health bill will hurt Nevadans
    An emerging bipartisan effort to strengthen our health care system without taking people’s coverage away or gutting Medicaid offers Sen. Dean Heller yet another chance to come through for …
  • Novel illustrates perils of being a progressive
    Life is exhausting — and daily choices are unbearably burdensome — for some Americans who are so comfortably situated that they have the time and means to make themselves morally uncomfortable. ...