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December 18, 2014

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When it’s about education, let’s not cut corners
Dec. 7, 2014
It’s possible that Catherine Cortez Masto was the best candidate for the executive vice chancellor position filled by Chancellor Dan Klaich. Her credentials are not in dispute. But some regents are justifiably irked that they were not involved in the hiring process and a more extensive search was not undertaken.
Voters want to see GOP’s vision
Nov. 9, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval rode a Republican surge in his re-election bid Tuesday, one that swept not only through Nevada but also throughout the nation.
Give the dying the right to pick how and when they want to die
Oct. 31, 2014
Data from the Oregon Public Health Division show that between 1997 and 2013, 1,173 terminally ill patients received prescriptions for life-ending medication and only 752 of them decided to use the medication. Another 31 people may have taken the medication, but the information wasn’t reported to the state. California may be the first, thanks to Brittany Maynard.
The Sun’s 2014 election endorsements
Oct. 22, 2014
The Sun offers its endorsements of candidates and makes recommendations on the ballot questions for this year’s election. All terms are four years unless otherwise noted.
Endorsements on the judges
Oct. 22, 2014
Voters this year have several judicial elections to consider. These can be difficult choices for voters because as a rule, the public doesn’t track judicial decisions and legal issues, so voters can be hard-pressed in knowing who the best judges are. Let us help you. Here are the Sun’s endorsements for District and Family Court races in Clark County.
Endorsements for state questions
Oct. 21, 2014
Nevada’s Supreme Court is one of the busiest in the nation, with justices facing a crippling caseload. As a result, justice is served slowly. There’s a reason for that: The state Supreme Court is Nevada’s only appellate court for cases coming from District Courts. There’s a simple solution ...
Endorsements for county races
Oct. 20, 2014
In the race for Clark County sheriff, the public would be well served whether retired Metro Police Capt. Larry Burns or Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo wins. They both bring significant qualities and experiences to the race, but, in our view, one candidate stands out.
Recommendations for top statewide races
Oct. 19, 2014
This is no time for a complacent electorate, one that figures that with a shoo-in governor and no presidential race to agitate the masses, this is an easy election to take a pass.
Despite layoffs, downtown Las Vegas has a bright future
Oct. 19, 2014
Recent news of layoffs at the Downtown Project sent ripples of uncertainty through the community, but sober analysis illustrates that the area, in spite of those layoffs, remains on the upswing. Downtown Las Vegas still has plenty going for it, and one bit of sad news doesn’t destroy several years of promising developments.
Our endorsements for state legislators
Oct. 18, 2014
This year’s election for state legislators should be a call to arms for voters to endorse lawmakers who will put Southern Nevada’s needs ahead of partisan politics. For too long, we have gotten the bum’s rush in Carson City, where our needs are given short shrift — even from our locally elected politicians.
Endorsements in education races
Oct. 17, 2014
Given that Nevada has long been below the national average on any number of measures of education — student achievement, proficiency, per-pupil spending, to name a few — this has to be a top priority for the state and the next Legislature.
Your vote is no less important for lack of top-ticket races
Oct. 12, 2014
Just because there are no presidential candidates on the ballot this year, and the race for governor is a one-man affair, doesn’t mean you have no reason to vote. If you care about how Congress, the state Legislature and law enforcement are run, or about taxes and education in Nevada, cast your vote.
Nevada students, teachers need our support
Sept. 28, 2014
Nevada’s chronic struggles to create a robust education system reflect not just an unwillingness to adequately fund our schools as a public policy priority, but also ...
How Tesla, UNLV supercomputer are reshaping Nevada
Sept. 21, 2014
Critics of the $1.3 billion tax abatement granted to Tesla Motors by the state may not be looking at the big picture ...
It’s time for an honest discussion about guns in America
Sept. 14, 2014
Hyperbole from advocates on both sides of the gun debate has made it almost impossible to sort through all the shouting and have a sober, adult debate about the role of guns in modern-day America.

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Teach kids a different lesson
I found Mike Smith’s recent editorial cartoon depicting a mother telling her child to “watch out for the police” rather …
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By Michael Kreps, Las Vegas
Article contains inaccuracies
In the Dec. 4 edition of the Sun there was an article about a company that is marketing a shield for EM radiation that comes from smart devices (“Startup wants to save you from your cellphone”). This article contains lots of mistakes that are …
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By Walter Wegst, Las Vegas
Details are lost in racial outcry
Lost in the racial outcry over the decision to not indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of black petty criminal Eric Garner is the key fact that the attempt to arrest Garner was overseen by a black female police sergeant.
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By Marc Jeric, Las Vegas
Support inclusive conservation plan
The sage grouse was all over the headlines last week as the Western Governors Association and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met, in part, to discuss its fate.
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By John Cahill, Henderson
Put the run back in the Rebels
I was interested in your article a few days ago about the transfers from the UNLV basketball team.
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By Jim Veltri, Las Vegas
Consider other points of view
We all have a tendency to read about and listen to political opinions that agree with our own. It would be a very healthy thing if everyone read just one book that explains the political opinion opposite theirs.
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By Michael Nash, Las Vegas
The dark reality for immigrants
Last summer, when Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama’s adviser, was in Las Vegas to promote immigration reform, I pointed out to her that Republicans don’t want immigration reform. Undocumented immigrants are expected to register as Democrats once they gain citizenship, so why should Republicans help them? I have since been convinced there is a far darker reason.
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By Cesar Lumba, Las Vegas
Rethink public safety priorities
It is a commonly held belief that the death penalty is less expensive than life without the possibility of parole, but that’s just not true.
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