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February 23, 2018

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Housing proposal for old Badlands golf course deserves to be flushed
For Las Vegas to continue to present itself as a modern, progressive community to developers and for people looking to buy homes here, this residential project needs to be rejected …
Nuclear weapons testing on U.S. soil is as pointless as it is dangerous
Three paragraphs into Time magazine’s Feb. 12 cover story came a sentence that should have contained a warning for Nevada residents: Do not read this while standing up ...
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No president is perfect
President Donald Trump is attempting to perform well. He has to …
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By Michael Hayek, Henderson
Choose: Money or environment?
Former President Richard Nixon, a Republican, created the Environmental Protection Agency. All of our monumental environmental protection laws were passed with true bipartisan support. So why is a large faction of congressional Republicans today so intent on …
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By Ruth Flack, Reno
We don’t live in a Trumpocracy
President Donald Trump is bringing the level of political discourse into an abyss of duplicity. He lies and falsely accuses his opponents of lying. He is …
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By Don Hiddleson, Millcreek, Utah
What has become of us?
In all my years, I had little idea how those in my acquaintance viewed things politically. In the past two years, those views have come out of the shadows and brought about …
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By Mike Mattingly, Las Vegas
No way to treat man’s best friend
There has been a little news online lately about whether South Korean restaurants would stop serving …
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By Bob Darling, Henderson
Clean power is crucial for future
Las Vegas is No. 9 out of the “top 10 most ozone-polluted cities” and is among the cities with the worst air quality in the United States. The Clean Power Plan is our nation’s …
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By Bob Curley, Las Vegas
Modern GOP needs a detox?
When I was a Republican, I relished being a member of a great political institution whose foundation was created by such political icons as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, the …
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By Gilbert Eisner, Las Vegas
U.S. health care system is broken
Life expectancy in the UK is 81 and rising. In the United States, it’s 78 and starting to decline ...
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By Gerry Hageman, Las Vegas
Focus should be on clean energy
In his State of the Union address, President Donald J. Trump talked about “beautiful, clean coal,” and how America is now ...
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By Kaitlyn Willoughby, Las Vegas
Our land is worth protecting
President Donald Trump and Secretary Ryan Zinke: We see you ...
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By Noelle Daigle, North Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • The trolling of the American mind
    A scan through The New York Times’ accounting of some of the Russian operations should serve to illustrate the point. The pro-Trump ads the trolls sponsored during the campaign were just …
  • On coerced union fees, court can correct itself
    Overturning mistaken decisions is an occasional duty of the Supreme Court, whose noblest achievement was the protracted, piecemeal repudiation, with Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and subsequent decisions, of its 1896 ruling that segregated “separate but equal” public facilities were constitutional. This Monday, the court will hear oral arguments that …
  • Stop laughing, Putin
    Faced with compelling evidence that Russian cyber-saboteurs worked to sway the 2016 election, influencing swing-state voters with lies on social media and even staging real-life campaign rallies, Donald Trump’s only response has been …
  • How the ‘woke’ black vote was put to sleep
    One thing that is clear to me after the special counsel’s indictment of 13 Russians and three companies for interfering with our election is that …
  • Respect first, then gun control
    This has been an emotional period. We greet tragedies like the school shooting in Florida with shock, sadness, mourning and grief that turns into indignation and rage. The anger inevitably gets directed at the National Rifle Association, those who support gun rights and the politicians who …
  • Trump fits right in with the new GOP
    Of course not all Democrats are honest and upstanding; but as far as I can tell, there’s almost nobody left in the GOP willing to take responsibility for, well …
  • From mayor to president? Why not?
    Recent history does not suggest that America has such a surplus of presidential talent that it can afford to spurn an audition by a mayor who governs where over 40 percent of …
  • Attack on solar undermines Nevada’s future
    There’s no question that Nevada has overwhelmingly benefited from the rise of solar energy technology. Solar energy is clean, renewable and easy to harvest — and Nevada is blessed to have no shortage of sunshine. The solar industry has matured in recent years, now employing …
  • When it comes to gun violence, we are a failed state
    The surest sign a political regime is failing is its inability to do anything about a problem universally seen as urgent and that has some obvious remedies. And it’s a mark of political corruption when unaccountable cliques block solutions that enjoy broad support and force their selfish interests to prevail over the common good.
  • Listen to me: You’re wrong! I’m right!
    We live in two Americas. In one America, a mentally unstable president selected partly by Russia lies daily and stirs up bigotry that tears our social fabric. In another America, a can-do president tries to make America great again as lying journalists stir up hatred that tears our social fabric.
  • Impeachment 101: How much do you know about removing a president?
    Impeachment 101: How much do you know about removing a president?
    Today, in the popular lexicon, “impeachment” has become synonymous with “removal from office.” But this is not at all what the term actually means.
  • Keeping Guantanamo open will only hurt US
    Adversaries continue to use Guantanamo Bay as a recruiting tool in propaganda texts and speeches, and national security officials in the Obama administration have noted ISIS’ use of orange jumpsuits for its hostages draws parallels to detainee garments once used at Guantanamo Bay.
  • Last things first for patients with bucket lists
    If a new study is correct, more than 91 percent of us have a bucket list — things we wish to do before we die.
  • Infrastructure spending won’t transform America
    What rural electrification was eight decades ago, broadband access might be today: a blessing not widely enough enjoyed. But infrastructure spending will not have the economically and socially transformative effect that it had before America became a mature urban society.
  • This is how a two-party system falls apart
    Today, after the financial crisis, the shrinking of the middle class, the partisan warfare, a scarcity mindset is dominant: Resources are limited. The world is dangerous. Group conflict is inevitable. It’s us versus them. If they win, we’re ruined, therefore, let’s stick with our tribe. The ends justify the means.