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February 21, 2017

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Editorials

Don’t let disabled children be forsaken by Trump administration
Feb. 20, 2017
If there is any movement by the Trump gang to dial back protections of disabled students’ rights, that’s unacceptable.
Leaks like Flynn information are responsible, not unpatriotic
Feb. 19, 2017
Given that Flynn was privy to the nation’s most sensitive secrets, intelligence officials then leaked rather than let another day go by with a possible Russian plant on the National Security Council. ...
If Democrats want to win back voters, they must focus on jobs
Feb. 13, 2017
It has become clear since the early goings of the 2016 election that Americans are desperate for a new approach on jobs and the economy ...
Weighted school funding plan needs to ‘work for every child’
Feb. 12, 2017
Conservatives will howl at any attempt to go beyond Sandoval’s plan — shoot, they’re not even happy with what the governor proposed — but let them. The current funding approach has been in place since the 1960s, when Nevada’s population was a fraction of its current size and the state was far, far less diverse than it is today. ...
President Donald Trump salutes a Marines honor guard as he disembarks from Marine One upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 from a trip to Florida.
Trump's latest comment on Putin isn't just shocking, it's anti-American
Feb. 7, 2017
By now, it takes a lot for a remark from President Donald Trump to be considered shocking. But Trump hit that level with his comment to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly about ...
Be thankful for courageous patriots who will not be silenced
Feb. 6, 2017
The right answer always comes from a robust dialogue, which is driven by constructive and well-intentioned disagreement.
Legislature’s concentration on criminal justice is overdue
Feb. 5, 2017
It’s time to follow other states in establishing sentencing guidelines, which set a range of prison terms for various crimes but allow judges to make exceptions in cases involving extenuating circumstances ...
Why the REINS Act is a danger to Americans
Feb. 1, 2017
Quick, take a look at the math formula and see if you know what it’s used for. Give up? If so, don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s used to calculate sulphur dioxide emissions from power plants, and it’s one of a dizzying number of ...
It's simple, President Trump: Yucca Mountain project is too risky
Jan. 30, 2017
Dear President Donald Trump, By reputation, you prefer to receive information about complicated topics not in long reports or studies, but rather in synopsized memos and ...
Safety outweighs market forces when it comes to gun sales
Safety outweighs market forces when it comes to gun sales
Jan. 23, 2017
According to Everytown for Gun Safety, at least 247 American children 17 and younger unintentionally injured or killed someone last year with a firearm. Among younger children especially, a common factor was that the child thought the weapon was a toy ...
Zinke must uphold Gold Butte’s new protected status
Jan. 22, 2017
For proof, Zinke should start by talking to William Anderson, former chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians. After the announcement that Obama had signed his order, a grateful Anderson gave an impassioned speech outlining why the area was an environmental and cultural treasure that deserved protection. He described the land’s importance to the tribe, which has been living on it for centuries, and the pain that tribe members felt in recent years after seeing ancient petroglyphs in the area desecrated by vandals and the ecology damaged by campers and riders of off-road vehicles. ...
Gov. Brian Sandoval acknowledges a guest in the gallery during his State of the State address in a joint meeting of the Nevada Assembly inside the Legislature building Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, on the capitol grounds in Carson City.
State of the State: 5 things we’d like to hear tonight
Jan. 17, 2017
Two years after he pushed through a $1.5 billion tax increase to benefit K-12 schools, Gov. Brian Sandoval isn’t expected to lay out a similarly sweeping initiative tonight when ...
For complicated jobs, take the extra time to do it right
Jan. 16, 2017
Reorganizing any school district is a complicated process, but the size and complexity of Clark County's adds several degrees of difficulty. CCSD is the fifth-largest school district in the U.S., with more than 350 schools and 350,000 students, including a large percentage of English-language learners ...
Officials have duty to Nevadans to make background checks work
Jan. 15, 2017
Christmas just kept coming last year for the NRA crowd in Nevada. Three days after the holiday, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt gave them another gift when he announced that the November ballot measure on universal background checks had hit a roadblock ...
Education crusade would taint Sandoval’s time as governor
Jan. 9, 2017
Months after the Nevada Supreme Court issued a permanent injunction against the education savings account law’s implementation, it’s all but a given that Gov. Brian Sandoval will try to pluck it ...

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Trump’s actions do not inspire confidence
Then there are his press conferences with foreign heads of state. Watching him deliver his prepared speeches can be excruciating, most recently when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited. Trump speaks so slowly that one could believe he has a significant impairment. On the podium, his hands follow every word on a prepared page while his mind attempts to follow. This does not engender confidence in his ability to govern. ...
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Heller sold out kids for a chairmanship
He is a senator of a state with one of the poorest records in public education. I would think a high priority of his would be to have the best person possible to head the Education Department. He knew his no vote would have stopped this nomination, yet he chose to be a just another mop squeezer for the party and feather his own nest. He gets a cushy chairmanship while gambling with our children’s education. Every mom, dad, administrator and educator should view his vote as a slap in the face — something to remember in 2018. ...
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By Joe Van Rhyn, Las Vegas
Encourage clean energy in Nevada
n a best-case scenario, Nevada could potentially produce enough renewable energy to cover 77 percent of the state’s electricity use by 2030. Even in a worst-case scenario, Nevada could go beyond Environmental Protection Agency expectations of renewable energy development (seven times over). Here is a call to Nevadans to make their voices heard during the legislative session. ...
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By Alondra Regalado, Las Vegas
Trump’s policies hurting animals
The animals’ turn came at the beginning of the month by taking down the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) site that reports on government regulation of roughly 9,000 animal-handling facilities, including laboratories, dog breeders, fur farms, circuses, zoos and aquariums. The site is used every day by animal-protection activists to monitor government enforcement of the 1966 Animal Welfare Act, the only effective federal law protecting animals. ...
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By Lester Valez, Las Vegas
Marvin Menzies deserves credit
Any sane individual tasked with what he faced would understandably decline. He had a returning roster of three players, one of whom dwells in constant injury hell. How he fielded a team in the time allotted is truly miraculous. And the fact that the team has won games is a tribute to his coaching ability. This was a good hire. ...
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Jim Hunter, Las Vegas
Trump involved in his own Watergate
Not only do we have to listen to Trump’s divisive rhetoric, outright lies and fear mongering, we must watch him deny that he had any involvement in Flynn’s liaisons with the Russians. The Russians want to undermine the functioning of democratic governments. We have a White House staff in chaos, while Trump criticizes “fake news.” ...
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By Don Hiddleson, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tobacco sales should be criminal
If tobacco causes 500,000 deaths a year and adds $300 billion a year to health care costs, it is a deadly poison that should have been outlawed years ago. Tobacco kills more people than highway accidents, military casualties and pollution put together. For Congress to allow tobacco sales to continue should be considered a crime. ...
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By Tom Keller, Henderson
Protect Nevadans’ health coverage
Research from the American Cancer Society shows that those without insurance and the underinsured are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer, when treatment is more expensive and it is more likely for them to die from cancer. It is extremely important that those at risk for cancer don’t face any gap in their coverage to prevent and receive treatment for their disease. ...
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