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December 11, 2017

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Nevada’s safety should not be in the hands of Missouri
It’s nauseating that the House bill is the first gun legislation passed since the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, while proposals to ban bump stocks have ...
Public schools could lose billions in funding under tax proposals
Public education, a bedrock of the American experience, is under heavy attack by the Republican Party via its via its tax measures. Both the House and Senate versions contain provisions that would ...

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GOP trampling environment
The Republican tax bill that just passed the Senate allows for drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to many species of wildlife that are struggling to survive. This nonpolluted region also provides sustenance to …
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By Susan Fong, Las Vegas
Put Sandoval in Oval Office
Brian Sandoval has been a great governor — a man of the people. And he would make a great president. Further, I have faith he would end the acrimony and divisiveness now in …
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By Clyde Dinkins, North Las Vegas
Tax cuts will aid businesses
Those who are still uncertain about Congress’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act should look to Nevada for evidence that …
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By Brian Cassidy, Reno
Trump a Putin wanna-be
Donald Trump is a sham of a president and a …
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By Robert T. Steffan, Las Vegas
Deficit will balloon
It’s an old saying: “Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome is the definition of …
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By Charles Parrish, Las Vegas
Let’s recognize the real prez
The day after Thanksgiving, our president pro-tem (aka: The Manchurian Candidate) tweeted a pitch to be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year again. He touted more accomplishments than any other president in history for the equivalent time in office — this in spite of having …
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By Michael Plaisted, Las Vegas
No mention of Franken?
I noticed that he made no mention of Sen. Al Franken’s documented sexual misconduct and demeaning behavior toward women. Very typical of …
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By George Evashwick, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Species must be protected
The Trump administration’s denial of climate change and climate science has taken many forms beyond just the obvious. We know that the repeal of the Clean Power Plan is predicted to result in 90,000 more asthma attacks, 300,000 more missed days of school and work, and …
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By Joseph Berg, Las Vegas
Safety tips for venues
For safety’s sake, management of all public assembly venues should conduct daily inspections to ensure all emergency egress paths are unobstructed. Also, they should be sure …
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By Bob Sweeney, president, RES Associates, Warwick, R.I.
Trump remark was repugnant
President Donald Trump’s “Pocahontas” remarks during an event at the White House to honor Native American war heroes is no different than if he were to honor the Tuskegee Airman by telling them, “You …
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By Mahmoud El-Yousseph, Westerville, Ohio

Other Voices »

  • Party ideology or decency? GOP will decide
    Just how disordered have our politics become? And how off-the-rails is the Republican Party? …
  • Random musings: travel, media and failing upward
    On the list of things that have caused me distress this year, deep distress, is travel pricing. Why does it sometimes cost more to fly from Providence, R.I. to Washington, D.C., than to Aberdeen, Scotland? Why can I, on good days — and I’ve just had a good day — get an airline fare with a good hotel in Washington for less than…
  • There’s reason to cheer, but not on gun policy
    Did you know “Top Chef” is coming back to TV this week? Perhaps you’re tired of reality cooking contests. But imagine how relaxing it could be to spend an entire hour in a world where the worst possible thing that could happen involves …
  • Claim about obstruction of justice gets little traction among scholars
    Forty years ago, former President Richard Nixon famously told interviewer David Frost, when asked whether a president can order an illegal act in the nation’s best interests, “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, didn’t go quite that far …
  • Students mirror US attitudes on gun control
    I participated in the Law and Crime category, which was centered on several of the most divisive legal, criminal and ethical issues facing our society. Our conversation focused not only the problems and moral dilemmas created by our legal system, but also the manner in which students believed these issues …
  • Here’s why young people hate capitalism
    When I arrived, people were lined up for blocks; walking to the door, I felt like I was on the guest list at an underground nightclub. Most attendees appeared to be in their 20s and 30s, part of a generation that is uniquely suspicious of capitalism, a system most of their elders …
  • Trump continues to drive ‘wingman’ Bannon’s agenda
    Steve Bannon may no longer be physically in the White House, but his spirit lingers there as the guide of the Donald Trump administration and the soul at the core of …
  • Senate’s recklessness threatens to put many in financial jeopardy
    Debate and careful negotiation over tradeoffs in a genuinely bipartisan context was at the heart of the success of the last comprehensive tax reform in 1986. By contrast, the GOP’s extravaganza this year is entirely …
  • Republicans’ tax plans are worth the risk
    The Republicans’ tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation’s shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze …
  • Tillerson ouster would move U.S. toward war
    The conflict between Trump and Tillerson reflects the deep uncertainty among U.S. officials as to why North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un wants to pursue his nuclear program and what to do about it. Trump has called Kim “little rocket man” but fears an attack on North Korea would trigger a response in which …
  • Today’s Einsteins being thwarted by income gap
    Much of human progress depends on innovation. It depends on people coming up with a breakthrough idea to improve life. Think about penicillin or cancer treatments, electricity or the …
  • GOP gobbles up benefits and is hungry for more
    It’s not at all surprising that Republicans were willing to enact a huge tax cut for corporations and the wealthy even though all independent estimates said this would add more than $1 trillion to the national debt. And it also was predictable that they would return to …
  • What is Trump so desperate to cover up?
    It is true that there is no federal statute against “collusion.” But a specific law is not necessary for citizens and their representatives in Congress to make a judgment: Is it acceptable for a presidential candidate and officials of his campaign to encourage …
  • For gifts with meaning, give humanitarian aid
    It’s time for my annual “gifts with meaning” guide, with suggestions for presents that won’t just clog a chest of drawers. Consider a $20 flock of ducks to an impoverished …
  • ‘Tough on crime’ mindset has turned US into police state
    Things have gotten so ridiculous in the search for victimless criminals that police have even taken to setting each other up, if only inadvertently. Recently, Detroit officers posing as drug buyers approached …