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October 26, 2021

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Evidence of real voter fraud suggests GOP’s claims are merely projection
By promoting the Big Lie, Republicans are trying to normalize the idea of voter fraud and provide a permission structure for their followers to commit fraud themselves ...
Nevada deserves full, independent investigation of regents’ behavior
The Nevada Board of Regents acted appropriately in bringing in an independent investigator to examine Chancellor Melody Rose’s complaint against the board chair and vice chair.

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No excuse for Trump’s words
After reading former President Donald Trump’s nasty, uncalled for, false and disgusting comments about the late Gen. Colin Powell in the wake of his death, it is absolutely clear that Trump is a horrible psychopath who is unfit to hold any office at any level in the United States.
By Jason Brent, Las Vegas
Major climate policy is doable
Economists support a carbon tax as being one of the most effective ways to transition off fossil fuel.
By Montana Black, Las Vegas
Child tax credit fights poverty
Making this tax cut permanent would continue to help millions of families have a better future. The alternative: a headline next year saying 3.5 million children (or more) fall back into poverty, hopeless for the future.
By Willie Dickerson, Snohomish, Wash.
Police reform is just the start
The nature of a police officer’s job involves risk. But too often when one feels threatened, he or she shoots first and asks questions later. This has resulted in numerous unwarranted deaths, particularly for Black people and other minorities. In addition, more than half of the deaths resulting from police violence went unreported between 1980 and 2018, according to a report in The Lancet.
By Darryl Cornelius, Las Vegas
Fiore would take state backward
Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore is joining the ranks of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., with her crazy ideas.
By Ken Kolman, Henderson
Masks send a positive message
I hear arguments that masks are ineffective in the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and that being forced to wear masks is taking away our rights and force us into socialism.
By Roxanne Savage, Las Vegas
‘Big Lie’ is fizzling out
The “Big Lie” had only one perpetrator in the beginning, and he made the wildest false claim — that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. He has offered no verifiable proof of any kind. In fact, he has since generated an explosion of others lies about how the election was stolen, showing no regard for the truth.
By Fred Underwood, Henderson
$3.5 trillion is a good investment
President Joe Biden’s proposed 10-year, $3.5 trillion legislation would benefit over 200 million Americans. Over the past 10 years, the national defense budget benefiting around 2 million Americans was more than $3.5 trillion.
By Mark Bird, Las Vegas
Big problem with Trump’s claim
Many GOP leaders, including former President Donald Trump, continue to claim that he is still president.
By Charles Parrish, Las Vegas
This pandemic is not political
I sent this letter to my nephew, who is against getting vaccinated, in the hope that I could change his mind. Others may be interested in it, as well.
By Ken Hamm, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • The married will soon be the minority in America
    When I was young, everything in society seemed to aim one toward marriage. It was the expectation. It was the inevitability. You would — and should — meet someone, get married and start a family. It was the way it had always been, and always would be.
  • Veterans rally against gun-inflicted suicides
    An average of 17 military veterans die each day by suicide, and 69% of those deaths are by gun.
  • ‘I forgot to press send’
    We’re heading around the bend, people! Elections are just a couple of weeks away and the two biggest races in the nation are … You have no idea, right?
  • Our choices are not free from consequences
    I know it’s been hard during COVID and, for most people before COVID, but traveling around the world to visit other countries, experience different cultures and see myriad governing philosophies at work has made it clear beyond question that the difference between the United States and almost everywhere else is our ability to choose for ourselves.
  • Ensuring student success requires group effort
    As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. And given that children, by age 18, spend more than 13% of their waking hours in school — according to the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) — we as educators collectively recognize the important role we play in their growth and development, and we take that responsibility seriously.
  • When will we have a better response to the mental health crisis?
    There are thousands of personal stories of mental health to be told across Nevada. I know this firsthand as a mother, as an individual and as a teacher.
  • Redefine those bucket lists
    What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to COVID-19, flocked to our national parks and forests. Once there, many were eager to empty their bucket list of must-do activities in the outdoors.
  • China’s bullying is becoming a danger to the world and itself
    Ever since Deng Xiaoping opened China to the world in the late 1970s, many in the West wanted to see the country succeed, because we thought China — despite its brutal authoritarian political structure — was on a path to a more open economy and society. Alas, President Xi Jinping has reversed steps in that direction in ways that could pose a real danger to China’s future development and a real danger to the rest of the world.
  • On final frontiers, upon Shatner’s return from space
    William Shatner was at a loss for words. It was an uncharacteristic state of affairs for the loquacious 90-year-old actor, recording artist and TV pitchman, although cut him some slack. He had just been rocketed more than 65 miles into the sky and then, with his three Blue Origin spacecraft companions, touched down gently in Texas. It took his breath away. For a little while.
  • James Bond has no time for China
    The final James Bond outing for Daniel Craig, “No Time to Die,” also marks a notable milestone for Bondian geopolitics: The franchise just completed a five-movie arc with a single lead actor, and amid all the globe-trotting and intrigue, you would barely know that China existed. Shanghai and Macao were brief backdrops, and one villain had been tortured, offstage and in the past, by Chinese security forces — but overall, a series released across the years of China’s rise gave little hint that America’s leading rival mattered any more than any other exotic Bondian locale.
  • For Uber and Lyft, the ride-share bubble bursts
    Piece by piece, the mythology around ride-sharing is falling apart. Uber and Lyft promised ubiquitous self-driving cars as soon as this year. They promised an end to private car ownership. They promised to reduce congestion in the largest cities. They promised consistently affordable rides. They promised to boost public transit use. They promised profitable business models. They promised a surfeit of well-paying jobs. Heck, they even promised flying cars.
  • COVID memorial taken away too soon
    For those who couldn’t visit the COVID-19 memorial on the National Mall in Washington, the next best view was provided courtesy of National Geographic magazine.
  • When a miscarriage is manslaughter
    Brittney Poolaw, then 19 years old, showed up at the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma last year after suffering a miscarriage at home. She had been about 17 weeks pregnant. According to an affidavit from a police detective who interviewed her, she admitted to hospital staff that she had recently used both methamphetamine and marijuana.
  • Biden’s climate change policies are in trouble; here’s why they’re crucial
    The headline news about the global warming provisions of the big budget bill being negotiated in Washington is that they’re in trouble.
  • Looking for relief? The Clean Cars Nevada program could be the answer
    In recent months, Nevada drivers have seen a steady increase in gasoline prices across the state. With people getting back to work in offices and travel restrictions easing, there’s been a strain on gas supply while demand rises.