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February 16, 2019

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Legalization is working throughout the country
Saturday, February 16, 2019
OPINION:
In recent decades, U.S. marijuana laws have liberalized substantially. Recreational marijuana use is now legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and many more states have legalized marijuana for medical use. In response, legalization opponents have claimed that marijuana use increases crime, violence and schizophrenia.
Legislature should regulate drug middlemen
Saturday, February 16, 2019
GUEST COLUMN:
The cost of prescription medicines is a hot topic and one that has consumed much time in the Nevada Legislature. And while drug manufacturers are easy targets, there is another player in the health care industry that is making billions — yes, billions — through several little-known tactics that are costing patients in a big way. 
If only it was aliens attacking Earth
Saturday, February 16, 2019
OPINION:
“The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet: death by water, death by heat, death by hunger, death by thirst, death by disease, death by asphyxiation, death by political and civilizational collapse.
Bipartisan support for marijuana legalization upends politics as usual
Saturday, February 16, 2019
OPINION:
In today’s hyper-partisan environment, few issues enjoy majority support among those on both the right and the left of the political spectrum. But voters’ support for marijuana law reform is bucking this trend.
Virginia’s top leaders must be investigated
Friday, February 15, 2019
OPINION:
The decision by Virginia’s top three elected officials to hunker down and cling to their jobs is bad for both the state and the Democratic Party. If they won’t go, the only thing to do is investigate them all.
Nevadans voted for gun safety. Now, it’s time for us to deliver
Nevadans voted for gun safety. Now, it’s time for us to deliver
Friday, February 15, 2019
GUEST COLUMN:
Last year, Nevada voters turned out in impressive numbers to cast ballots for candidates who pledged to end the gun violence epidemic that has plagued our communities ...
A plea to the Air Force: Help us care for wildlife
Friday, February 15, 2019
GUEST COLUMN:
The U.S. Air Force proposal to expand its Nevada Test and Training Range and take primary jurisdiction of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge comes at a hefty price for Nevada’s official state animal, the desert bighorn.
Note to Democrats: Stop groveling
Friday, February 15, 2019
OPINION:
It’s good to be relatable, and a little humor, if unforced, goes a long way. But there’s a line between courting and groveling, between reaching out and rolling over.
Ignorant tweets need not be career defining
Friday, February 15, 2019
OPINION:
Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’ mailbox, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who is now House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, Jews who are often the object of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Speaking on CNN, Steyer, who had also been sent a mail bomb, described McCarthy’s tweet as a “straight-up anti-Semitic move.”
Among top priorities are expanded background checks, gun violence report
Among top priorities are expanded background checks, gun violence report
Thursday, February 14, 2019
GUEST COLUMN:
When I ran for Congress, I promised to fight for policies that make our communities safer. That’s why I’ve put preventing gun violence at the top of my legislative agenda ...
Debt double standard hamstrings Democrats
Thursday, February 14, 2019
OPINION:
Much of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was devoted to describing the menaces he claims face America — mainly the menace of scary brown people, but also the menace of socialism. And there has been a lot of discussion in the news media of what he said on those topics.
Reality continues leaking from American life
Thursday, February 14, 2019
OPINION:
In 1994, the Clinton administration decreed a bright shining future for education. Its Goals 2000 legislation proclaimed that by that year, America’s high school graduation rate would be 90 percent and American students would lead the world in math and science achievements. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., was unimpressed: “That will not happen.” It didn’t, to the surprise of no one with an inkling of reality’s viscosity.
Donald Trump and the Trail of Fears
Thursday, February 14, 2019
OPINION:
On Saturday, after Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts formally announced her campaign to oust President Donald Trump from the White House, he took aim at her on Twitter.
Two opponents who would be nightmares for Trump
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
A few weeks ago, the pollsters at Monmouth University asked Democrats across the country to choose between two different kinds of nominees. One was a candidate whom the voter agreed with on most issues but who might struggle to beat President Donald Trump. The other was …
Loneliness can be a silent killer
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
For some, Valentine’s Day is a day not of love but of profound, despairing loneliness. The candies, cards and flowers from kind people can sometimes serve to …