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Rent control is not the answer to rising housing prices

The Nevada Independent recently published a poll that found 81 percent of Democratic respondents supported rent control and 53 percent of Republican respondents did. Establishing rent control would be a disaster for Northern Nevada, however, making our housing crisis worse, not better.  

Don’t downplay monkeypox — here’s what you should know 

As cases of monkeypox infections continue to climb across the country, U.S. officials have declared the virus a public health emergency and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a global health emergency. These recent declarations are vital efforts to help increase awareness about this public health threat, as monkeypox has often been downplayed and stigmatized as a disease that can only infect those within the LGBTQ+ community.


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Maintaining momentum on health insurance access

For the first time in 40 years, inflation is dominating headlines across the country. Whole generations of Nevadans have never seen such skyrocketing prices at the grocery store, the gas station and in their monthly bills.

I’m a Catholic and a Knight of Columbus, but not for much longer

Allow me to explain. My religion has changed since I was a kid. We have two different versions of Catholicism now. Version A was a respectful, caring, private religion that lived and let live. We did our thing but didn’t try to force others to live the Catholic way. We didn’t try to wipe out other religious beliefs and replace them with our own.

Clear climate messaging matters

How did we get from “there’s no planet B” to “drill baby drill” again? Inflation and hostile gas prices are causing a fast-swinging pendulum of messaging mayhem. At a time when climate change unequivocally demands reductions in fossil fuel emissions, we’re hearing appeals for increased oil and gas drilling rather than less.

Nevada deserves to be first

I know I am a broken record on this, but it’s time that Nevada supplant New Hampshire as the first-in-the-nation state in the presidential nominating process.

Queensridge follies: Is city about to settle lawsuits with developer Lowie?

With little fanfare and minimal notice, the City of Las Vegas appears to be ready to consider shelling out $64 million to settle a string of lawsuits involving EHB Companies developer Yohan Lowie over projects that include building hundreds of condominiums on land inside the upscale Queensridge neighborhood.

Reimagining teaching

As teachers, students, and families prepare for the start of a new school year next week, there is great uncertainty as to how many students will be assigned to a classroom that does not have a full-time licensed teacher, a long-term substitute, or worse, no teacher at all. (Clark County School District has 1,473 teacher vacancies.) 

Moving beyond the “Big Lie”

As a person who has been a registered Republican since first being eligible to vote 32 years ago, I believe it is time for Republicans to unequivocally repudiate the “Big Lie” and begin a new era of civic engagement focused on putting the people and communities we are serving ahead of our ideological affiliations and special interest loyalties. 

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Nevada can lead the nation on economic revitalization

Nevadans must have access to good-paying technology-driven jobs and opportunities. By decentralizing digital jobs currently concentrated in places like Silicon Valley, we can revitalize Nevada’s economy and ensure that everyone can benefit from the digital economy.

We’re all going to lose if we keep thinking the ends justify the means

California Gov. Gavin Newsom had a busy Friday of schadenfreude. He not only signed a gun control law modeled off the controversial Texas abortion bill from 2021, he taunted conservatives in the Lone Star State with a not-so-subtle full-page newspaper ad reminding them it was their pro-life bill that give him the inspiration to go after firearms. 

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