Opinion

Grandmama Mia!
Saturday, April 18, 2015
other voices:
When my brother Michael was a Senate page, he delivered mail to John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who had offices across the hall from each other.
Smart girls vs. bombs
Saturday, April 18, 2015
other voices:
Last fall, President Barack Obama slapped back at critics by citing what he called a foreign-policy success: Yemen.
What if we didn’t have video?
Saturday, April 18, 2015
other voices:
Once again, what a difference a video makes. As soon as I saw the cellphone video of the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager of the North Charleston Police Department in South Carolina, I wondered how the apologists for police misconduct were going to spin this one.
The unpolarized Moynihan
Monday, April 13, 2015
other voices:
The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions. Our politics are polarized, we are told, because of gerrymandered districts, the rise of opinionated media sources and party primaries closed off to independents or voters in the other party.
Wake up before it’s too late, America
Monday, April 13, 2015
letter to the editor:
All Americans, regardless of party, want to avoid a nuclear threat that would destroy America. Therefore, the only place most of us diverge is whether the threat from Iran is grave enough.
Indiana sets itself back with law and misses the point with its fix
Monday, April 13, 2015
other voices:
It took Indiana generations to rid itself of the Ku Klux Klan image indelibly etched in the 1920s and ’30s by a murderous bed sheet salesman who declared, “I am the law,” in the state. Even now a residue of that bigotry unfairly clings to the Hoosier reputation like a stench of excrement that somehow won’t seem to go away.
Rising star stalled by toxic tweets
Monday, April 13, 2015
other voices:
Is Trevor Noah the new Charlie Hebdo? Most of the civilized world seemed to rise in heartwarming solidarity after that French satirical magazine was attacked by Islamic terrorists in January. But some of that support suddenly softened as many discovered just how offensive many of the edgy publication’s cartoons actually were.
An explanation of AB 277 needed
Monday, April 13, 2015
letter to the editor:
Assemblymen Erven Nelson and John Ellison and Sen. Joe Hardy’s sponsorship of Assembly Bill 277 is simply a smokescreen, a veiled attempt to further divide the populace to garner political favor with religious conservatives, knowing full well that a majority of the affected groups of American citizens will never vote for them anyway. Many of us are not completely clear about the relationship between AB 277 and the Nevada Constitution’s “free exercise clause” and need to better understand this bill’s intent. Please enlighten us.
Where’s the tolerance when tables are turned?
Sunday, April 12, 2015
other voices:
OK, now it’s religion’s turn. People of faith who assert their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enacted by Indiana have been pilloried as bigots, haters or worse.
Power and paychecks
Sunday, April 12, 2015
other voices:
On April 1, McDonald’s — which has been facing demonstrations denouncing its low wages — announced it would give workers a raise. The pay increase won’t, in itself, be a very big deal: The new wage floor is just $1 above the local minimum wage, and even that policy applies only to outlets McDonald’s owns directly, not the many outlets owned by people who bought franchises. But it’s at least possible that this latest announcement, like Wal-Mart’s much bigger pay-raise announcement a couple of months ago, is a harbinger of an important change in U.S. labor relations.
Improving financial security for all Nevadans
Sunday, April 12, 2015
other voices:
No state suffered as much from the Great Recession as Nevada. No state saw a bigger drop in median incomes or a bigger share of its residents descend into poverty. No state saw higher foreclosure rates or a greater proportion of its mortgages go underwater. At the depth of the recession, no state suffered more bankruptcies per capita. While some of this may have been due to factors beyond our control, there is no denying that poor financial decisions contributed to the crisis we experienced.
Murphy’s Law and Yucca Mountain
Sunday, April 12, 2015
letter to the editor:
The argument by Robert Land and William E. Brown Jr. that “Tourists won’t want to come to a radioactive Las Vegas” (Las Vegas Sun, March 29) centers on an important issue. However, tourists aren’t that bright. Those would be the same tourists who came to Las Vegas to view atomic bomb tests.
Building roads is building futures
Building roads is building futures
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Where I Stand:
This past week, a couple hundred people descended on a vacant lot overlooking Lake Mead to witness something historic: a groundbreaking for the bypass of what will become Interstate 11, the last remaining significant section of the country’s interstate highway system that was …
International development contract opportunities for Nevada companies
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Guest column:
On April 22, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean will visit Las Vegas to explain international development programs and how Nevada businesses can take advantage of project contracts ...
The system doesn’t work for most of us
Monday, April 6, 2015
letter to the editor:
Many of us are concerned about the growing gap between those who are doing very well and the rest of us. It is poorly understood by many Americans that this gap is maintained and increased by wealthy and powerful interests with lobbyists who drive policy in Congress.