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January 17, 2018

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Trump damaging the fabric of our democracy
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Political leaders in democracies have a few core obligations. They are charged with solving today’s problems and preparing their nations for the future. They are responsible for creating some sense of shared purpose and mutual respect among their citizens — above all a common commitment to …
Instead of talking to each other, students monologued
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Sun Youth Forum:
As soon as we neared actual cultural or policy improvements, people shied away. It was hard to distinguish whether the group was merely unwilling to focus on solutions, or …
GOP’s cuts to federal aid are about inflicting pain
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
GOP opposition to programs helping the less fortunate, from food stamps to Medicaid, is usually framed in monetary terms. For example, Sen. Orrin Hatch, challenged about Congress’ failure to take action on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a part of Medicaid that covers nearly 9 million children — and whose federal funding expired back in September — declared that “the reason CHIP’s having trouble is that …
If ignorance is bliss, Trump is a happy man
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
If you want to know President Donald Trump’s position on any given policy issue, the last person you should ask is President Trump. He has no idea what …
Proof of Trump’s racism lies in his own words
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
It started in the 1970s and ’80s, when he was a New York real estate mogul. His casinos and apartment buildings had a record of treating black people differently from white people. In 1989, he inserted himself, for no good reason, into one of New York’s rawest racial controversies, by …
Trump’s supporters are part of his racism
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
I find nothing more useless than debating the existence of racism, particularly when you are surrounded by evidence of its existence. It feels to me like a way to …
Voters won’t forget Heller’s failure to speak out for marijuana industry
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Guest column:
In 2016, Nevada voters overwhelming decided to legalize marijuana. In 2017, recreational sales officially started. The economic impact of this well-regulated industry has so far exceeded expectations, spurring hundreds of new businesses to open here and creating thousands of new jobs. Tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue from legal sales are now …
Test your knowledge about the Rev. King
Monday, January 15, 2018
As we honor King’s legacy today, the quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, provides an opportunity to test your knowledge of …
Opportunities abound in skilled labor, but stigma won’t budge
Monday, January 15, 2018
In the movie “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman is advised to go into “plastics.” Nowadays, young men and women are being advised to go into the “trades”: There’s work for people who can weld, read a grade level, work a lathe or …
Progressives fuel absurd statute in Oregon
Monday, January 15, 2018
Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind, which has something to do with it being …
Border wall and burgers: What is Trump thinking?
Monday, January 15, 2018
Our subject today is Donald Trump’s mind. Not the speculation about whether he’s losing his marbles. That was during our …
Saying something positive about the president is a challenge
Saying something positive about the president is a challenge
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Where I Stand:
A longtime Las Vegan and supporter of the Las Vegas Sun Camp Fund, let’s call him Don, has thrown down the gauntlet. He will donate $10 every time a story appears in the Sun that is positive about President …
After Games detente, what’s next for Korea?
Sunday, January 14, 2018
You have to wonder where Kim Jong Un is going with his current “peace offensive” directed at South Korea. The euphoria over his decision to authorize North-South talks and maybe send a team to the Winter Olympics is …
Momentarily, Trump had it right on DACA
Sunday, January 14, 2018
There is a reason bipartisan government is so hard these days. It’s not because “both parties” are intransigent or because “both parties” have moved to the “extremes.” It’s because what were once widely seen as moderate, commonsense solutions are …
Broad-based protests key to protecting democracy
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Two political scientists specializing in how democracies decay and die have compiled four warning signs to determine if a political leader is a …