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gun violence, Las Vegas Shooting

Opinion: The New Norm of Violence

By Victor Rivera I’m glad to say that the greater Las Vegas community has responded to the Route 91 tragedy in a way that made me proud of my hometown. I volunteered on campus at UNLV to help collect supplies for victims and first responders. Everywhere, I was hearing stories of that civic pride like lines of people to donate blood stretched for blocks or that some centers that were collecting supplies were indeed already full. A shocking event happened,…

Opinion: Authentic Patriotism

By Victor Rivera What is authenticity? My personal take is that when it comes to people, authenticity is the behavior that comes from a person which is natural to them and relates to people in a way that that is upfront and honest. I finish my personal definition by adding that this behavior is not forced or coerced. To be a small child and be told that you have to hug your older relative is a nice gesture, but that…

Guest Blog: Hate in Nevada – The Bundy Connection

By Mike McGreer Last weekend, the nation was rocked by the outburst of violence that white supremacists provoked in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Charlottesville tragedy is simply the latest in a long line of fascist, racist, bigoted and anti-government atrocities committed through the history of the United States. Sadly, some of this bigotry can be found dangerously close to home. (more…)

Guest Blog: Understanding Charlottesville – How Did We Learn to Hate?

By Dr. Michael Green In April 1861, America went to war with itself. The Confederates were determined to preserve its institution of slavery that judged a person’s worth by the color of one’s skin. Though their army would ultimately be defeated four years later, their ideology persisted in finding new ways to enforce laws based on hate. In August 2017, white supremacists descended upon Charlottesville. The marching and violence in Charlottesville last weekend were about history: the proposed removal of…

Opinion: Patriots Betrayed

By Matthew DeFalco Last week began as a normal week for the tens of thousands of LGBTQIA American service members. Until it wasn't. Some woke up in the morning and exercised with their comrades, put on their uniforms with pride, and went to work. Others worked through the night in dangerous combat zones around the world, protecting and defending the rest of us, here in America. And then, something happened that they won't ever forget. (more…)

Opinion: Heller Needs to Stand with Nevadans and Their Health Care

By Denise Tanata Senator Heller will demonstrate in the coming days whether he stands with the people of Nevada, including our children, or with his leadership in Washington. His vote to allow the Senate to move forward with repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has jeopardized health insurance for tens of thousands of Nevadans, including many of our state’s poorest children. Senator Heller can and must act to prevent the children of Nevada from losing affordable, comprehensive health…

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New RPS bill will make Nevada a clean energy leader

By Elspeth DiMarzio, Sierra Club - Beyond Coal Campaign This year is the 20th anniversary of the state’s first renewable portfolio standard (RPS) bill. In 1997, NV got less than 5% of its electricity from renewable sources. As of December 2016, the state gets about 20% of its electricity from renewables. This surge in clean energy generation is a big reason why over 20,000 people work in clean energy and energy efficiency – four times the number of people employed…