It’s easy to say the United States is all about supporting its veterans, the people who served and sacrificed to protect Americans’ freedoms.
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The Devil’s Hole pupfish might be the most expensive swimmer on the planet.
Aspen Financial Services took the damage-control strategy of attacking the messenger to an outrageous new level. When local journalist Dana Gentry started reporting on the company’s dismal performance and disgruntled investors, Aspen and its chief, Jeff Guinn (son of late former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn) filed a subpoena to examine her sources of information.
Emotions shouldn’t guide public policy. However, emotional arguments are the favorite currency of a fast-rising lobby: animal lovers. Time and again, that currency pays off.
The costly, counterproductive war on drugs has turned the United States into incarceration nation. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, 716 of every 100,000 people in this country are locked up, by far the highest rate in the world, well ahead of such beacons of freedom as Rwanda, Cuba and Russia.
If violations of state ethics laws are never punished, what’s the point in having ethics laws? If violators can cut deals before an ethics investigation even starts, why have an Ethics Commission?
Nevada’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 9.3 percent. In Southern Nevada, the rate is 9.4 percent, with more than 92,000 people looking for work. Although the region clearly is through the worst of the economic downturn, with home values rising and taxable sales steadily increasing, its job market is still among the most discouraging in the country.
The National Merit Scholarship Program honors the top 1 percent of the country’s high school seniors, based on their PSAT scores. The Clark County School District’s Class of 2014 had 38 semifinalists, and 14 of them go to Clark High School.
If earning ridiculously competitive scholastic recognition is your thing, try becoming a Rhodes Scholar. To win two or three years of study at England’s Oxford University, all expenses paid, you have to be one of the very best students at your college. This year, just 857 applications were endorsed by 327 colleges and universities, and only 32 Americans were selected to enroll at Oxford next fall.
With so many charitable efforts under way to help Southern Nevada’s neediest residents, there isn’t enough space in this newspaper to properly recognize them all.