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January 24, 2017

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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 ...
Trump administration’s help will be crucial for Lake Mead
Jan. 8, 2017
It’s critical for the new administration to start working immediately to avert a problem that could affect millions of Americans unless there’s progress to resolve it by August of this year. That problem would be a water shortage in states that draw from the Colorado River…
Nevada has a chance to set an example for the nation
Jan. 2, 2017
This year, Nevada lawmakers have an opportunity to become a beacon of moderacy in a nation where extremists are on the rise. It’s a worthy aspiration, as moderates hold a special place in the democratic process ...
Interior secretary, Congress should support Gold Butte
Jan. 1, 2017
President Barack Obama, in collaboration with outgoing Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Dina Titus, has gift-wrapped an opportunity for the Trump administration’s presumptive secretary of the Interior to make an immediate splash in his new role. ...
Wave of hate ripples through nation in wake of election
Dec. 26, 2016
Hate crimes and hate speech are sweeping across the United States like a brush fire. Hundreds of people are being victimized — men, women and children of various ethnicities, faiths and sexual identities. ...
Study shows a great America is one that's more carbon-free
Dec. 25, 2016
The nation is moving in the right direction. Amazing products are being developed to tap into renewable resources, such as Tesla’s remarkable new solar roofing tiles. The tiles look like ordinary shingles or ceramic roofing tiles, but they’re made of textured glass that allows light to shine through to a standard flat solar cell. ...
Now is not the time to get sleepy on Yucca waste dump
Dec. 19, 2016
If anything, this is a time to be more wary. Sen. Harry Reid’s departure leaves Nevada vulnerable, because the new congressional delegation will no longer have the political muscle it boasted the past decade or so.
In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders fans hold up signs about the team's possible move to Las Vegas during an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Denver Broncos in Oakland, Calif.
NFL owners shouldn’t stop Raiders’ move to Las Vegas
Dec. 18, 2016
As difficult as this may be to acknowledge, Las Vegas is offering the NFL team a better deal than the one put together by Oakland-area backers to keep the team rooted in California ...
Light rail: yes or no? Residents can tell the RTC
Dec. 14, 2016
The priorities identified in the survey are all important, but light-rail development is a must for the community. Not only that, but adding a rail system would …
Bumper-to-bumper traffic is diverted from two lanes to one Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.
What are the valley's transportation needs? RTC wants your opinion
Dec. 14, 2016
With the Las Vegas Valley's population projected to grow by 700,000 people by 2040, how will we all get around town? The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is seeking the community's input on a plan that will help provide the answer to that question and ...

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Trump knows what he’s doing
This businessman who became president Friday seems to know a thing or two about job creation. In my opinion, this is the first step to …
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By Timothy Carroll, Las Vegas
Kraft would not like editorial line
A third of those who died at Jonestown were minors, and it is believed that most others who died were forced to …
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By Jay Strassmeyer, Pahrump
Pruitt should not lead the EPA
That’s why I’m calling on Sen. Dean Heller to not only oppose this nomination but to reject any nominee who intends to continue to do harm to our environment for the sake of …
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By Austreberto Hernandez, Las Vegas
Finland plan may be problematic
found the concept of Finland giving money to its citizens interesting (“Finland experimenting with universal basic income,” Las Vegas Sun, Jan. 3), but I have …
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By Jack Oliver, Las Vegas
Officials worked hard for Nevadans
The Gold Butte region is home to a pristine desert landscape with rugged mountains and canyons, Joshua trees, prehistoric fossils, majestic wildlife and an abundant …
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By Jacqueline Palacios, North Las Vegas
Trump should not be president
All the facts have been established by our intelligence agencies, and they prove that Russian agents hacked our democratic election process. Donald Trump encouraged this hacking by blatantly requesting that …
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Israel needs American support
Israel continues to stand ready at all times to negotiate a two-state peace agreement with Palestine in spite of the fact that the little sovereignty they have is divided between Hamas and Fatah, both terrorist organizations committed to destroying Israel. ...
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By Patricia Luther-Mank, Henderson
Trump’s ego is running the show
His ego is running the most powerful machine in the world and has all U.S. assets at its disposal. Trump is not a successful businessman, he’s a successful con man. He has caused thousands of people who trusted him and did business with him to lose a lot of money. ...
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By Dave Starr, Las Vegas