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September 15, 2019

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High-flying Aces worthy of support as they begin WNBA Playoffs run
When the Las Vegas Aces tip off today in the WNBA Playoffs, a remarkable success story will …
Protections for Mojave poppy bee are worthy for the health of our desert
Some locals may never see a Mojave poppy bee. And even if they were buzzed by one, they might not know exactly what it is. But the little black-and-yellow bee is …

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Bill would boost end-of-life care
There comes a time in many of our lives when we either take or are given the responsibility of caring for a seriously or terminally ill family member. It is a hard job and unfortunately can be …
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By Briana Santarsieri, Las Vegas
Letters draw disagreement
Two letters on Sept. 11 caught my eye. The first was regarding Walmart’s plan to …
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By Robert Edwards, Las Vegas
Different views, but we’re friends
A Sept. 10 letter (“Time to reveal the brutal truth,”) suggests people who support President Donald Trump cannot …
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By Michael Casler, Las Vegas
Readers weigh in on R-J’s attempt to break business relationship with Sun
When the Las Vegas Review-Journal announced legal action last month to break the Joint Operating Agreement under which the Las Vegas Sun and the R-J have operated for 30 years, readers of the publications took notice …
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Trump right about Comey
Former FBI Director James Comey is no angel. That much is clear, as …
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By David Tulanian, Las Vegas
Assess Trump’s fitness for office
It is high time to reassess President Donald Trump’s fitness for office, having …
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By Don Hiddleson, Millcreek, Utah
McConnell’s theatrics
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, aka “Moscow Mitch” or “Grim Reaper McConnell,” says 297 mass shootings with 335 souls murdered and 1,554 injured so far this year are …
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By Gil Eisner, Las Vegas
Seniors right to be wary of tech
The article in the Sept. 3 Sun discussing why older people are not using ride-sharing services (“Older people need rides. Why aren’t they using Uber and Lyft?”) may be …
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By James Moldenhauer, North Las Vegas
Stop terrorizing schoolchildren
It’s good to see that some people are starting to wake up to the idea that we are scaring children with all these …
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By Victor Moss, Las Vegas
Wake-up call needed on guns
Well here we go again with another mass shooting, and still nothing is being done. It appears that society is OK with these shootings, otherwise …
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By Gary W. Hansen, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • A safe bet: August isn’t always a day at the beach
    The first time I remember the danger of vacationing in August was in 1972. My parents loved to travel to Southern California during that month for a little respite by the ocean. The time off brought them back refreshed and ready to recommit their newspaper to the job of …
  • Reliable power grid may resolve migrant crisis
    For more than a year, leaders in Washington have been circling the drain trying to find a compromise on immigration legislation. It has reached far beyond just a policy concern as there have been …
  • Can the right escape racism?
    Last week I wrote a column that simultaneously argued that conservatism has a problem with white-nationalist infiltration and that liberalism, influenced by the revival of racial chauvinism in the Trump era, is increasingly tempted to smear mainstream conservatives as …
  • More newborns are crying for drugs, not milk
    Every 15 minutes in America, a child is born after a prenatal exposure to opioids. Here in West Virginia, 14% of babies are born exposed to drugs, and perhaps 5% more to alcohol, totaling nearly 1 out of 5 newborns. Some get by without symptoms, but for many …
  • Courageous Russians will bring down Putin
    Russian human-rights lawyer Karinna Moskalenko once explained to me how Vladimir Putin’s machinery of repression works. “It isn’t necessary to put all the businessmen in jail,” she said. “It is necessary to jail …
  • Not only the young hindered by anxiety
    Over dinner the other day with a new college student, freshly arrived on one of the Capital Region’s campuses, I watched as he flipped back and forth from the food to his phone, and then rubbed his hands on his lap in a nervous gesture. He didn’t engage in conversation. It was easy to infer that he was totally distracted by …
  • Security in schools shouldn’t rely solely on physical features, guards
    As school administrators address gun violence, it’s critical they don’t focus entirely on fortifying school buildings. In fact, students will be harmed if the situation turns into …
  • Trumpism is bad for America’s business
    With each passing week it becomes ever clearer that President Donald Trump’s trade war, far from being “good, and easy to win,” is damaging …
  • Dare we dream of the end of the Grand Old Party?
    Toward the end of his new book, “R.I.P. G.O.P.,” renowned Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg makes a thrilling prediction, delivered with the certainty of prophecy. “The year 2020 will produce a …
  • Sorry, but tonight’s debate is about electability
    It has become a habit to scold Democratic voters who say that electability is their standard in deciding whom to support for their party’s presidential nomination. Forecasts made hours before Election Day three years ago went spectacularly awry, so who can know …
  • Trump has done nothing to win back voters who left him
    The outcome of the 2016 presidential election reinforced a certain lesson. No, not that the universe is a cold, empty, meaningless void, and that hope and justice are pretty lies told by self-deceived fools. I mean the other lesson: Don’t underestimate …
  • Beware the slavery of polls, evils of direct democracy
    The EU referendum was an intrusion of direct government into the workings of parliamentary representative government — a referendum, not favored in Britain’s unwritten constitution, a sort of legal blithe spirit of practice, precedent, tradition and habit, trailing all the way back to …
  • What was Iran hiding?
    Reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency don’t usually make for riveting reading, so you may have missed the latest, soporifically headlined “Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 (2015).” Don’t be fooled. Buried in the report are …
  • Be honest about gun control
    Beto O’Rourke has easily emerged as my favorite presidential candidate on the issue of gun control. He has done so because he is speaking openly, passionately and honestly about what he would like to do to stem our epidemic of gun violence, a stance that is …
  • Can South Korea count on America?
    More American flags fly on a typical Saturday afternoon in central Seoul than in an American downtown on the Fourth of July. The sight of those flags, held high in parades of conservatives and rightists protesting …