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October 17, 2019

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Barr’s speech on religious freedom tramples on our founders’ vision
This wasn’t simply a leader promoting the societal benefits of religious values and observance of faith, or expressing concerns about secularism. It was the top law enforcement officer of the U.S., whose duty is to uphold all parts of the Constitution and ensure equal protection for all Americans under the law, attacking the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state in this nation and demonizing …
Republicans have sold out their nation in service of political power
With the arrests last week of Rudy Giuliani’s associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, it’s become clear that GOP influence is for sale to virtually any buyer who would help ...

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We are enabling another genocide
As a third-generation Armenian-American, whose ancestors fled their ancient homeland in the 1890s during the Ottoman Empire, I fear and tremble at …
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By Sandra Miner, Las Vegas
Turkey decision stains presidency
No matter what he says or does next, President Donald Trump made a deep and painful mistake when he …
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
People can’t stop nuclear progress
Some letter writers are stuck in the past; nuclear energy is the way of the future. Nothing can stop …
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By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas
Medicare for All helps workers
Joe Biden and others argue that National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA) would hurt unions. They say workers don’t want to …
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By Jan Phillips, Durango, Colo.
GOP has lost its respectability
In the Trump era respectable Republicans are nearly extinct. The party that used to speak of fiscal responsibility — but which never seemed to practice it — has totally abandoned even a façade of …
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By Ed Ewert, Las Vegas
Trump is part of a tyrannical flock
Kim Jong Un, Mohammed bin Salman, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin: What do all of these leaders have in common?
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
Our president has no respect for people’s lives
When President Donald Trump tried to take away Obamacare, he was told millions of people would be without health insurance and, as a result, many would die. He didn’t care. In his reality, they are just numbers on a paper.
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By John Pauli, Las Vegas
Solar power is for everyone
Nevada is making major strides to encourage the production and use of new clean energy technologies.
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By Jason Gateley, Las Vegas
Nixon is no longer the worst
Let us harken back to former President Richard Nixon’s career to exhume corollaries between he and President Donald Trump.
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By Peter McMurran, Henderson
Trump wants to be a dictator
President Donald Trump’s legal team has made the following claim referring to presidential immunity: “While in office, (the president) enjoys absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind,” spanning “every phase of criminal proceedings, including investigations, grand jury proceedings and subpoenas, indictment, prosecution, arrest, trial conviction and incarceration.”
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By Thomas Hayden, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • Is Democratic Party splitting from within?
    The same presidential race that’s united Republicans is dividing Democrats who must choose among White House candidates promoting very different …
  • Western values may depend on Ukraine
    Certainly, Ukraine has manifold problems, but today it’s a remarkably vibrant, multiethnic democracy in a region full of aggressive nationalism and authoritarian backsliding. That makes it all the more contemptible that President Donald Trump has leveraged U.S. support for Ukraine to try to …
  • Progressives too willing to cut constitutional corners
    Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O’Rourke’s suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax the “excessive” exercise of a First Amendment right, and the NBA’s painful lesson about the perils of moral grandstanding illustrate how progressivism has become …
  • Do we just have to accept a nuclear North Korea?
    No way can President Donald Trump dream of a foreign policy success on North Korea’s nukes and missiles as a break from the cacophony of one revelation after another of his dubious dealings with Ukraine, China and maybe …
  • America exporting its corruption
    In 2014, Ukraine’s wildly corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovych, fled to Russia after mass protests on the Maidan, Kyiv’s central square. During what Ukrainians call the Revolution of Dignity, police snipers killed dozens of demonstrators. In the revolution’s aftermath, a number of young idealists decided to plunge into politics, hoping to …
  • Goodbye, America. Goodbye, Freedom Man
    The time is the early 1980s. The place is the South China Sea. A sailor aboard the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier, spots a leaky boat jammed with people fleeing tyranny in Indochina. As he helps bring the desperate refugees to safety, one of them …
  • Fraud Guarantee: Dark money and the art of the shady deal
    There’s understandable delight over the name of a company run by one of Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine-connected buddies arrested last week for allegedly laundering money into President Donald Trump’s political efforts. It’s called “Fraud Guarantee.” This will provide an excellent title for …
  • Arresting the homeless is neither effective nor sustainable
    Based on the annual homeless surveys and my own experiences for the past seven years at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the vast majority of the chronic and systemic homeless populations suffer with mental illness, and use drugs and alcohol to manage pain, which leads to addictions. Our exceptional Metro Police officers need to spend their time arresting those who prey on the homeless and the public with acts of crime, on those who sell and distribute drugs, and not on …
  • Dealing with China not worth the moral cost
    China is the largest, most powerful and arguably most brutal totalitarian state in the world. It denies basic human rights to all of its nearly 1.4 billion citizens.
  • The next big media pitch should be science
    You know “that look.” It’s the face of some onlookers whose eyes glaze over when the news topic of the moment switches to science, or the glare one exhibits as if to impart the message, “I’m just a regular person, so don’t talk that scientific stuff around me.”
  • Senate math could pick Trump’s jurors
    There are two paths for holding President Donald Trump to account for his abuses: one passes through the Senate, the other through the ballot box. With Trump declaring he’ll do everything he can to obstruct House impeachment efforts, his opponents need to keep both options in mind as they move to overcome his obstruction, his lying and his increasingly unhinged behavior.
  • Trump and Tehran have shaken up the Middle East
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it bizarre that the Republican leadership is (rightly) going nuts over President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in Syria while it’s ignoring his betrayal of the U.S. Constitution at home. If only Lindsey Graham & Co. were as eager to defend our democracy as they are the Kurds. But I digress.
  • Deep patriot state keeps America safe
    They want the law to be obeyed. They understand that political norms exist for a reason. They belong to all manner of political parties, but in their jobs and in their lives they act in a nonpartisan manner. They act as Americans first and make simple demands of leaders — don’t break the rules, don’t abuse your power for personal benefit, value the nation and respect the Constitution. These are the hundreds of millions of Americans who would best be described a …
  • Spiraling president is self-impeaching
    Trump is not just aggressively but lawlessly exercising the interests of his place, counting on Congress, after decades of lassitude regarding its interests, being an ineffective combatant. Trump’s argument, injected into him by subordinates who understand that absurdity is his vocation, is essentially that the Constitution’s impeachment provisions are unconstitutional.
  • Call Warren what she is — the frontrunner
    It took more than a year after New York magazine first made the declaration on its cover, but it has finally happened: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic frontrunner for the 2020 nomination.