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November 26, 2020

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Sasse’s call to repeal 17th Amendment reflects broader attack on democracy
Until the early 20th century, U.S. senators were chosen by state legislatures and not by the voters themselves. But the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913 changed that, allowing all Americans to …
Trump is a clear and present danger to US
There is no such thing as a vacation during the time of coronavirus …

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Teachers find a way to thrive
Celebrate teachers with passion, compassion, knowledge, patience, a sense of humor and intellectual curiosity. They understand that the career they have chosen is one with a possibility of great rewards.
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By Daphne Grabovoi, Henderson
Trump fails first test of a leader
I assume the Sept. 10 letter “Reasons to support Trump” was written before the interview tapes President Donald Trump made with Bob Woodward were revealed.
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By Joyce Weisdorf, Las Vegas
They’re heroes, not ‘losers’
In 1941, my four brothers left home to join the Army and defend our country in World War II. On April 13, 1945, my oldest brother, Louis, was killed in Cebu, Philippines. President Franklin Roosevelt died …
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By The Rev. Joseph P. Annese, Henderson
Mr. President, you’re wrong
“I don’t get it. What was in it for them?” That was the flippant question allegedly posed by President Donald J. Trump while he accompanied Gen. John Kelly to Arlington National Cemetery to honor Kelly’s son, Marine First Lt. Robert M. Kelly, who died during combat operations in …
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By Peter McMurran, Henderson
Why the fuss over names?
I’d wager that if you conducted a poll about the name Carson or Fremont and asked locals if they were offended by the names, 95% of those people (who actually knew who they were) would say …
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By P. Steven Demchak, Las Vegas
Cycling boom is great to see
The boom in bicycling in Las Vegas is wonderful and hopefully here to stay. (Kudos to Sun guest columnist Andrew Woods for spotlighting the rise of cycling locally in his …
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By Joanne Leovy, Las Vegas
Trump acting dictatorial
In light of California public schools considering adding to their curriculum the issue of slavery based on New York Times’ 1619 Project, President Donald Trump angrily tweeted, “Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will …
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By Richard Brattain, Las Vegas
Why are we name-calling?
Just wondering when in our society did we find it acceptable to call public figures names …
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By Thomas Sanchez, North Las Vegas
Group rebuts Sun editorial
The Las Vegas Sun’s Sept. 4 editorial on “big oil” is unfortunately based on a series of false claims and mischaracterizations that have since been traced back to …
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By Keith Christman, American Chemistry Council, Washington, D.C.
Sad display by the GOP
After watching the events unfold last month at the White House for Republican National Convention, what a kick to the groin for all of us …
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By Paul E Michael, Henderson

Other Voices »

  • I’ve never seen the West in such distress
    The open road in the Big Empty part of the American West has always been therapeutic. Vacant skies, horizons that stretch to infinity, country without clutter. The soul needs to roam, too.
  • When good people don’t act, evil reigns
    I have often wondered how major world tragedies and horrors were allowed to unfold. Where were all the good people, those who objected or should have? How did life simply go on with a horror in their midst?
  • Students shortchanged by lack of oversight, transparency at NSHE
    On Aug. 7, the Nevada System of Higher Education attracted negative attention from students, the public and state officials after the board of regents’ chief of staff attempted to silence Regent Lisa Levine during a meeting with his reprehensible statement, “I don’t want to man-speak but I will have to if you continue to child-speak.”
  • Trump, GOP no longer believe in law and order
    We have laws. And we have rules. And we have norms of decency that have grown over time and to which most sane people adhere. That means in the case of Don Ahern’s Henderson building, which played host to the throngs of the unmasked who crammed inside to breathe all over each other, society has an answer. Our laws. And they, in turn, provide the kind of societal order — or so it is hoped — that allows …
  • Let’s all root for schools
    High-quality education is actually a team sport. The student and parent are co-captains. They have an amazing team of players at their school, ready to offer their very best practices in terms of …
  • Despite his anti-vaxx record, the president attacks Biden and Harris as anti-vaccine
    Donald Trump’s habit of projecting his own failings onto his adversaries reached a new level of absurdity on Labor Day, when he attacked the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for “reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric” and accused them of …
  • Greater clean-car standards vital for Nevada
    Nevada is on the front lines of the climate crisis with two of the fastest warming cities, Las Vegas and Reno, in the …
  • Group rebuts Sun editorial
    The Las Vegas Sun’s Sept. 4 editorial on “big oil” is unfortunately based on a series of false claims and mischaracterizations that have since been traced back to …
  • Gross domestic misery is rising
    Are you better off now than you were in July? On the face of it, that shouldn’t …
  • St. George’s water grab worth fighting
    St. George’s water grab worth fighting
    As the Colorado River continues to shrink and demand for water in the West increases, a dangerous proposal to suck water out of Lake Powell requires all of us to ask ourselves an important question: Can Mother Nature endure the will of humanity and …
  • Donald Trump is the most serious threat to American Jewish security in 50 years
    Donald Trump is the most serious threat to American Jewish security in 50 years
    For that cohort in the Jewish community (or any minority community in America) that still supports Trump, this should be a wake-up call.
  • COVID-19 reveals challenges for outdoor areas
    COVID-19 reveals challenges for outdoor areas
    Mark DeOpsomer of Bozeman, Mont., is a backpacker with lots of miles on his soles. For almost four decades he’s gone to the remotest corners of the Northern Rockies. On a recent trek 24 miles into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana, he was relaxing along the banks of a creek, when out of nowhere a pack-rafter floated by. “I’d never seen any rafters before in The Bob but now …
  • Asian American Pacific Islanders are strong community contributors
    Asian American Pacific Islanders, specifically Chinese, first moved to Nevada back in the late 1800s to work on ditches in Great Basin. That is the first known AAPI immigration here in our state. Fast-forward to the 1980s, and …
  • A goldmine by a salmon fishery is a terrible idea
    In Alaska, what supports 14,000 jobs, generates $1.5 billion annually and sustains the region’s indigenous communities, just as it has for millennia? The answer is Bristol Bay’s wild salmon fishery, and it is no exaggeration to say it is the world’s most productive.
  • ‘I keep my promises,’ Trump said. OK, let’s check.
    Four years ago as a candidate, President Donald Trump made more than 280 campaign promises. Let’s see how he did …