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October 14, 2019

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Phoenix lights a path for Las Vegas to follow on public transportation
For anyone wondering whether light rail is popular in communities that have invested in it, check out what happened this past August in Phoenix.
The world has become a more dangerous place in the Trump era
With President Donald Trump’s 1,000th day in office approaching this week, it’s a fitting time to assess the status of the United States in key global strategic and economic affairs.

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Where I Stand »

Letters to the Editor

E-mail your submission. Letters to the editor should be no more than 250 words and include the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

Our president has no respect for people’s lives
When President Donald Trump tried to take away Obamacare, he was told millions of people would be without health insurance and, as a result, many would die. He didn’t care. In his reality, they are just numbers on a paper.
By John Pauli, Las Vegas
Trump is part of a tyrannical flock
Kim Jong Un, Mohammed bin Salman, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin: What do all of these leaders have in common?
By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
Solar power is for everyone
Nevada is making major strides to encourage the production and use of new clean energy technologies.
By Jason Gateley, Las Vegas
Trump wants to be a dictator
President Donald Trump’s legal team has made the following claim referring to presidential immunity: “While in office, (the president) enjoys absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind,” spanning “every phase of criminal proceedings, including investigations, grand jury proceedings and subpoenas, indictment, prosecution, arrest, trial conviction and incarceration.”
By Thomas Hayden, Henderson
Nixon is no longer the worst
Let us harken back to former President Richard Nixon’s career to exhume corollaries between he and President Donald Trump.
By Peter McMurran, Henderson
Threats are how Trump deals
I keep remembering President Donald Trump’s boast that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and not lose a single vote.
By Joe Van Rhyn, Las Vegas
Many questions remain at Yucca
The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository could become a Superfund site due to large amounts of heavy metal deposits, in particular nickel and chromium, both known carcinogens.
By Jacob Paz, Las Vegas
President is projecting again
We’ve seen President Donald Trump’s ploy for three years: He assigns disparaging nicknames to others that actually pertain to himself.
By Bruce Joffe, Piedmont, Calif.
New law creates undue strain
In trying to make victims safer, our Legislature passed a bill that anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery loses the right to possess firearms. That right however, is …
By Bob Irwin, Las Vegas
Does GOP want a dictatorship?
We all know President Donald Trump is a narcissist, a philanderer, a sexual predator, a liar and a racist. But so what? All of this …
By Richard Strickland, North Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Senate math could pick Trump’s jurors
    There are two paths for holding President Donald Trump to account for his abuses: one passes through the Senate, the other through the ballot box. With Trump declaring he’ll do everything he can to obstruct House impeachment efforts, his opponents need to keep both options in mind as they move to overcome his obstruction, his lying and his increasingly unhinged behavior.
  • The next big media pitch should be science
    You know “that look.” It’s the face of some onlookers whose eyes glaze over when the news topic of the moment switches to science, or the glare one exhibits as if to impart the message, “I’m just a regular person, so don’t talk that scientific stuff around me.”
  • Dealing with China not worth the moral cost
    China is the largest, most powerful and arguably most brutal totalitarian state in the world. It denies basic human rights to all of its nearly 1.4 billion citizens.
  • Deep patriot state keeps America safe
    They want the law to be obeyed. They understand that political norms exist for a reason. They belong to all manner of political parties, but in their jobs and in their lives they act in a nonpartisan manner. They act as Americans first and make simple demands of leaders — don’t break the rules, don’t abuse your power for personal benefit, value the nation and respect the Constitution. These are the hundreds of millions of Americans who would best be described a …
  • Trump and Tehran have shaken up the Middle East
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it bizarre that the Republican leadership is (rightly) going nuts over President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in Syria while it’s ignoring his betrayal of the U.S. Constitution at home. If only Lindsey Graham & Co. were as eager to defend our democracy as they are the Kurds. But I digress.
  • Spiraling president is self-impeaching
    Trump is not just aggressively but lawlessly exercising the interests of his place, counting on Congress, after decades of lassitude regarding its interests, being an ineffective combatant. Trump’s argument, injected into him by subordinates who understand that absurdity is his vocation, is essentially that the Constitution’s impeachment provisions are unconstitutional.
  • Call Warren what she is — the frontrunner
    It took more than a year after New York magazine first made the declaration on its cover, but it has finally happened: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic frontrunner for the 2020 nomination.
  • Pete Buttigieg is agonizingly imperfect
    If I dreamed up an ideal Democratic opponent for President Donald Trump in 2020, it would be Pete Buttigieg. But, ugh, that age. My wish for a young candidate didn’t mean a 37-year-old one. There’s much wisdom in this life that’s accrued only with the passage of years, and he’d be better off — and significantly less vulnerable in a general election — if he had even five more of them.
  • Guest column: Vaping isn’t for kids, so don’t market it to them
    In a much simpler time, the most threatening advertising to children was putting a kid-friendly face on a non-kid-friendly thing; like cartoon mascots for alcohol, tobacco and prescription medications. Of course, when you got to the product, it was still just as adult and unappealing as ever.
  • The education of fanatical centrists
    It’s hard to believe that barely three weeks have passed since Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, issued a mysterious subpoena to the acting director of national intelligence, demanding that he produce a whistleblower complaint filed by …
  • What happens when Trump gets his alligator
    If Watergate became, for Richard Nixon, a cancer on his presidency, then Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal is shaping up as something different: It’s …
  • South Korea should welcome defectors, not pander to Kim
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in his anxiety to appease North Korea, faces difficult choices. North Korea is easily …
  • The rich really do pay lower taxes than you
    For the first time on record, the 400 wealthiest Americans last year paid a lower total tax rate — spanning federal, state and local taxes — than any other income group. This depressing milestone has two main causes: President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cut and the …
  • World leaders can still make miracles happen
    Even flawed presidents and prime ministers can act in noble ways, and we saw that in the 2000s when George W. Bush, Tony Blair and others made a heroic effort to tackle …
  • GOP’s bootlicking cowardice knows no bounds
    President Donald Trump’s defense against impeachment is bombastic, full of lies and incoherent to the point of lunacy, which is no surprise. Republicans are beclowning themselves to pretend Trump is …