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December 13, 2018

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Las Vegas Municipal Court Traffic Commissioner Ann Elworth, right, speaks with a woman who had an outstanding bench warrant during Project Homeless Connect, an annual service and resource fair for at-risk and homeless people, at Cashman Field Center Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Court specialist Karen Sandle is at left.
Compassionate communities don’t let traffic tickets spiral into bankruptcy
Dec. 13, 2018
In Las Vegas, there is some relief for residents who are struggling with court fines. This past August, for instance, the UNLV Boyd School of Law initiated a “warrant quashing” event aimed at resolving outstanding cases in courts that …
UNLV’s per-student share of state funding is about $1,700 less than that of UNR.
Reforms can help Nevada get the most out of its higher ed system
Dec. 11, 2018
Nevada’s higher education system suffers from a bloated administration, inequitable funding that favors UNR at the expense of other schools, and mismanagement that has ...
Indalecio Hernandez, left, gets some help from Margarita Recendiz during municipal election voting at John Fremont Middle School on St. Louis Avenue in Las Vegas Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
Proposal to consolidate elections is a winner
Dec. 10, 2018
The 2017 municipal elections in Southern Nevada drew turnout that could only be described as pathetic. So here’s to the Nevada Secretary of State’s office for drafting a bill that would force cities to hold their elections in even-numbered years, at the same time as general elections and midterms …
Why are so many Republicans making assaults on democracy?
Dec. 9, 2018
In recent years, a pattern has emerged in which the GOP first tries to suppress the vote and then, when it loses elections despite those efforts, tries to limit the powers of those who …
As gun violence warps daily life, short- and long-term fixes needed
Dec. 7, 2018
For an example of the madness of gun violence in America, put yourself in the shoes of a teacher when a fire alarm goes off …
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, meets with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., right, in Schumer's office at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.
Cortez Masto’s new role shows how Nevadans are moving the needle
Dec. 6, 2018
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto wasn’t on the ballot last month, but she deserves congratulations for a major November achievement. In being chosen to lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Cortez Masto gained a prominent new role that is ...
District would benefit from more diversity in administration
Dec. 4, 2018
In enriching the diversity of their administrations, school districts face a challenge but also can offer a remarkable incentive in recruiting …
Trump’s executive order banning bump stocks is a positive first step
Dec. 3, 2018
At long last, a ban on bump stocks is reportedly within days of being announced. That’s worth applauding, especially here in Las Vegas, and President Donald Trump deserves ...
Chef José Andrés and volunteers with World Central Kitchen prepare paella in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 19, 2017. Andres' nonprofit group made close to 2 million meals for the victims of Hurricane Maria.
One of Las Vegas’ finest chefs is also one of America’s greatest heroes
Dec. 2, 2018
At a time when our nation’s leadership and federal government were at their worst, chef José Andrés showed the world what the American people look like at their absolute best. The example he set in Puerto Rico was remarkable ...
Fox News sacrifices journalistic ethics to protect the Trump administration
Nov. 30, 2018
The extent to which Fox News has become an arm of the Trump administration grows clearer all the time. This week’s signal came when …
With or without Trump team, nation must address climate change
Nov. 29, 2018
Natural disasters are not only getting more severe, they’re ganging up. Coming two, three or four at a time, they’re killing hundreds and …
New cars outside the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Canada, on Aug. 8, 2012. GM said Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, that it plans to idle three car plants, including Oshawa, and two transmission plants in a bid to trim costs as the North American auto sector slows.
Without a robust middle class, the nation’s economy is doomed to fail
Nov. 28, 2018
General Motors’ announcement that it was closing five of its North American manufacturing plants was saddening, not only for the thousands of families who will face uncertainty this Christmas but the American middle class in general. The closures represented a real-world symptom of the decline of the middle class. In an agonizing way, they ...
A doctor checks a patient's blood pressure. Nevadans who buy their own insurance on the federal health insurance marketplace face a Dec. 15 deadline.
Don’t let effort to sabotage health care law prevent you from being covered
Nov. 27, 2018
With President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans still working to kill the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, it can be difficult for consumers to determine where things stand with it. But for Nevadans who need coverage, here are a few points …
Your car can’t drive itself, no matter what commercials suggest
Nov. 26, 2018
Justifiably, car markers are proud of their autonomous technology. But a new study from AAA shows the need for manufacturers to exercise extreme caution in advertising those systems.
Democrats should take every opportunity to work across the aisle
Nov. 25, 2018
President Donald Trump received some rare positive media coverage Nov. 14, and with good reason. That day, Trump vowed to ...

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Wheeler should not be confirmed
Last year, Andrew Wheeler said he believed man has an impact on climate change, but “what’s not completely understood is …
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By Cyndi Stearns-Estes, Las Vegas
Hard work will lift the Knights
The Dec. 4 game between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals was not about payback. When you lose in the Stanley Cup Final, the only possible redemption is to …
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By Paul Gary, Las Vegas
Trump deserves more credit
Instead of the too often repeated line, mainly by Democrats, that “we really need to get this country back on track,” I say this country is …
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By Brian Gardner, Las Vegas
How far the GOP has fallen
At one time, it was a point of pride to have an R behind your name as a Republican. It must be sad to find out that R now stands for …
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By Bob Moore, Las Vegas
Too much asked of teachers
In America, it’s never been enough to teach children. Teachers have to be counselors, motivational speakers, advisers, mediators, abuse detectors, leaders, entertainers, disciplinarians, paper pushers, standardized test protectors and …
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By Jeremy Christensen, Las Vegas
Fox News is just a cheerleader
Isn’t it ironic that acting in a fair and balanced manner, your newspaper would print the Dec. 5 letter “Lay off of Fox News,” in which the writer criticized your Nov. 30 editorial, stated that Fox News offers sanity and cogent coverage regarding the Trump administration, and that NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN provide only …
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By Tom Harper, Las Vegas
Trump’s golf costs exaggerated
The Washington Post’s fact checker gave 3 (out of 4) Pinocchios to the claim that President Donald Trump’s golf outings cost taxpayers more than …
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By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas
EPA boss must be pro-environment
Andrew Wheeler was hired as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency just before Scott Pruitt resigned amid 14 counts of fraud and misuse of public funds. Wheeler has been …
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By William Shettler, Las Vegas