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March 24, 2017

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Editorials

Cha-ching! AHCA will be bonanza for the rich
March 24, 2017
Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., came out swinging on the American Health Care Act this week on the House floor, zeroing in on a report from the congressional Joint Economic Committee showing that tax cuts in the legislation would save the wealthiest 0.1 percent of Americans $207,390 each in a single year. ...
Putin would be overjoyed by Trump's budget plan
March 21, 2017
In producing President Donald Trump’s budget, his staffers said they “wrote it using the president’s own words.” Funny, we could have sworn …
Las Vegas in desperate need of diversifying economy
March 20, 2017
At a brief glance of a new study recently released by the Brookings Institution, Las Vegas looks strong. But dig into the research a bit deeper, and the outlook goes downhill ...
Rehabilitated felons are still Americans and deserve to vote
March 13, 2017
Today, Nevada is one of only 12 states that considers it the loss of one of the most cherished American liberties — the right to vote — even after an offender is released from prison and has gotten off of parole.
Cruel immigration policies would hurt all Nevadans
March 6, 2017
Just imagine what would happen in the valley if 8 percent of the population — the equivalent of the size of the undocumented-immigrant group here — were to vanish overnight. The effect would be on par with Great Recession ...
Trump still has a lot to learn from generals like John Allen
March 5, 2017
Contrary to the statements coming out of the presidential administration, Allen said, religious extremism wasn’t the driving force behind the proliferation of terrorist organizations. ...
Demonstrators hold a rally Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The rally is one of several Not My Presidents Day protests planned across the country to mark the Presidents Day holiday. Protesters are criticizing President Donald Trump's immigration policies, among other things. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Time to rally, America: Efforts to stifle protesters are out of line
March 3, 2017
The right to protest peacefully is a fundamental American liberty, but Republican lawmakers in at least 16 states are working to rein in demonstrators. That's fundamentally wrong. Any effort by the government to erode the right to assemble must be met with full-force opposition, utilizing ...
Leaders must fight to honor Nevadans’ choice on marijuana
March 1, 2017
In the aftermath of an announcement that the feds would step up enforcement of federal laws banning the sale of recreational marijuana, there’s been a great deal of uncertainty about ...
Trump’s apathy toward anti-Semitism unbecoming of a leader
Feb. 27, 2017
In finally addressing the terrible surge of hate speech, threats and criminal incidents at Jewish community centers and other institutions nationwide, President Donald Trump offered an all-too-brief, all-too-dispassionate “denunciation” of the people committing these acts ...
A train leaves the Convention Center station during the Las Vegas Monorail's 10th anniversary celebration Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Monorail extension deserves to be in transportation mix
Feb. 26, 2017
If expanding the monorail line would help MGM Resorts draw even a few more conventions to its Mandalay Bay center, the project would easily pay for itself in economic benefit to the community. Consider that a big event like the annual World of Concrete expo, which drew about 48,000 participants this year, produces $63.1 million in nongaming economic impact, while even a more modest convention, like the International Baking Industry Expo, generated $18.7 million in direct visitor spending last year from its 20,000 attendees. ...
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 ...

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Where’s the truth?
Lying used to be a disgusting flaw in one’s character. To be labeled a liar brought shame and distrust. To be labeled a liar brought shame and distrust. We’d punish our children for doing it; a man of his word was admired. ...
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By Joe Van Rhyn, Las Vegas
Step it up, NV Energy
I support Assembly Bill 223 (to establish new and extended energy-efficiency measures), and would like to see the state of Nevada embrace home solar power for residents and energy efficient programs in both new construction and existing homes. ...
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By David Sanchez, Henderson
Tax talk aggravating
Our state and local governments hire economic analyst Jeremy Aguero to plead their case as to why the property tax cap law needs to be done away with because they are having a hard time making ends meet. ...
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By Greg Bourgeois, Las Vegas
A matter of priorities
No doubt, this will be a very long four years. ...
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By Mary Mistretta, Henderson
Nevadans need tax cap
Windfall? Save or invest? Is he serious? At best, the cap gave people an outside chance to hold on to their homes. ...
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By Knight Allen, Las Vegas
This is not child’s play
The Commander-in-Tweet held a news conference last month in which he called the news media “very unfair” for reporting the truth, and for exposing his many and frequent lies to the public. ...
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By Bruce Joffe, Piedmont, Calif.
Stop abusing animals to entertain people
After watching a recent “60 Minutes” story, it should be crystal clear about the abuse animals suffer to entertain people. ...
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By Linda Faso, Las Vegas
Heller serving GOP instead of Nevadans
Hello, Sen. Dean Heller: Are you serving Nevada or the Republican Party?...
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By Caryn Neidhold, Reno