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January 18, 2021

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Adelson’s impact on Las Vegas and the world cannot be overstated
It may seem difficult to believe today, but there was a time not so long ago when the idea of a Las Vegas resort having its own convention center was considered laughable. The thinking was that resort operators were wasting their time and money trying to attract conventiongoers, and instead should concentrate on serving the tourists who came here to play on weekends. Then came Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian, and everything changed.
Nevada state Republican Party speaks loudest by saying almost nothing
Five days after the deadly rampage in the U.S. Capitol, the state GOP leaders had yet to disavow the rampage or directly attempt to defuse the threat of more terrorism ...
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Suggestion for those in office
If you can’t honor your oath before God and those who elected you to uphold the Constitution, resign.
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By Gil Eisner, Henderson
Put the president behind bars
President Donald Trump fomented last week’s siege of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., several months after he said the extremist group Proud Boys should “stand back and stand by.”
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By Reid Grosky, Las Vegas
Rioters have been duped
There have been innumerable apologists for President Donald Trump’s efforts to contest the election results because of alleged voter fraud resulting in his bitter defeat.
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By Peter McMurran, Henderson
Christ wouldn’t support Trump
Some born-again Christian folks invited me to join them on a Zoom meeting to pray for our nation. I joined them and soon realized it was a Trump pep rally, not a prayer session for our country.
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By Stan Olson, Las Vegas
Protect the US: Remove Trump
On Jan. 7, the speaker of the House and the new majority leader of the Senate attempted to ask that the 25th Amendment be invoked, with a call to the vice president.
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By Richard Strickland, Las Vegas
Pets need shelter from cold, heat
Cold weather is here, and no pet in extreme weather should be left outside overnight.
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By Linda Faso, Las Vegas
Capitol scene a long time coming
The events of Jan. 6, 2021, in the nation’s capitol represent the culmination of a widespread revolutionary assault on the American way of life.
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By Kimball Shinkoskey, Woods Cross, Utah
Next election, remember Jan. 6
I watched in disbelief and disgust as protesters, including white nationalists and “Don’t Tread on Me” persons, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s encouragement.
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By Tom Harper, Las Vegas
This leadership is dangerous
President Donald Trump rallied people to engage in a protest that turned into an armed insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. His seditious rhetoric prompted a horde of domestic terrorists to swarm the entryways and breach the spaces protected by security personnel.
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By Don Hiddleson, Millcreek, Utah
Law must be applied to all
The first act of the new attorney general must be to initiate criminal proceedings against the former President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Jan. 21.
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By Jason Brent, Las Vegas

Other Voices »

  • Constitution is all that’s keeping us from authoritarianism
    We Americans are not particularly exceptional when compared with other people in the world. What makes our country great is a Constitution that provides us with liberty, democracy and opportunity.
  • The Nevada spirit will carry us through, if we commit to it
    History books of the future will address these amazing times we are living through, and I hope we pause to reflect and make course corrections regarding the legacy we wish to leave.
  • The narcissist in chief brings it all crashing down
    Our president has never been a very stable man. But I’m trying to think of what threshold of loco he had to clear in order for one of his senior advisers to confide in my colleague Maggie Haberman that Donald Trump “lost it” on the day of the insurrection.
  • Stop using taxpayer money to prop up the oil and gas industry
    As Nevada’s taxpayers start to receive our second round of stimulus checks, a new report shows that the outgoing administration has handed out billions of dollars to oil and gas companies in the form of relief payments, tax breaks and debt forgiveness.
  • Trump mob’s Capitol offense
    Not only was a Capitol policeman killed after being hit by a fire extinguisher, the entire security apparatus meant to protect our democracy failed. Was the pathetic response to the anarchy engineered by Trump? It would not be the first time he sabotaged the government he was running. He was not even moved to protect his own lickspittle, the vice president, who was in the chamber when it was attacked.
  • The president actively incites terrorists
    Wednesday was a horrifying and shameful moment in American history. I’ve covered attempted coups in many countries around the world, and now I’m finally covering one in the United States.
  • Here’s why Biden needs to help teachers like me
    I am a public school teacher, though sometimes it feels like I work for the company store. For five years, I have been making monthly payments on a student loan that started out at $50,000 but has grown to $59,000 because of accrued interest. So far, I have paid down the principal by a whopping $97.
  • We can’t be surprised by the Capitol riot
    After four years of President Donald Trump’s lies, delusions and disrespect for the law, can anyone be surprised that he tried to incite a coup last week?
  • Big Business finally sees the downside of supporting this president
    The spectacle unfolding all day Wednesday of violent insurrectionists in front of and inside the U.S. Capitol has provoked many supporters of President Donald Trump suddenly to deem themselves ex-supporters.
  • Trump’s real claim to fame: Biggest loser
    Think about it. He lost the election. Then he threw his energy into the campaigns of two Senate candidates in Georgia, both of whom lost. Then he returned to Washington, where his supporters delayed the certification of the election with a thug-like assault on the nation’s Capitol.
  • Brian Greenspun
    Plenty to blame for Trump’s traitor tantrum
    The question that will be asked by new generations of Americans must be, “What did you do, Daddy or Mommy, to prevent the coup attempt of the United States …
  • That Buffett-Bezos-Dimon health care venture goes bust — predictably
    Anyone not blinded by the star power of Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon could have known that their project to solve America’s health care woes was a dead duck from the start.
  • Are we supposed to believe that only Republicans legitimately win elections?
    Of the many stories to tell about American politics since the end of the Cold War, one of growing significance is how the Republican Party came to believe in its singular legitimacy as a political actor. Whether it’s a hangover from the heady days of the Reagan revolution (when conservatives could claim ideological hegemony) or something downstream of America’s reactionary traditions, it’s a belief that now dominates conservative politics and has placed much of the Republican Party in opposition to republican government itself.
  • With one call to the president, QAnon shows its power
    Forgive me for failing, at first, to find much news in the news that President Donald Trump had pressured officials in Georgia to overturn the election results. That he had been caught doing so on tape was even more dog-bites-man.
  • Republican Party has gone feral
    There have always been people like Donald Trump: self-centered, self-aggrandizing, believing that the rules apply only to the little people and that what happens to the little people doesn’t matter.