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LETTERS: Trump the modern-day, truth-telling court jester

Has Donald Trump become America's Jester? In medieval times, the court jester was an established institution. The jester, often referred to as the fool, was exempt from the niceties of the court and could speak the truth without fear of punishment. In today's parlance, he could tell it like it is, regardless of the consequences.

The beginning of the end for The Donald

Thursday's question-and-answer sessions with Republican presidential candidates — sorry, they weren't debates — won't clear the field and won't create much separation in the polls, but they accomplished the top goal of party loyalists focused on taking back the White House in 2016.

Mormons should stay the course with Boy Scouts

The upcoming decision by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on whether to break ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the admission of gay scoutmasters matters to the Scouts because, as of 2013, LDS-affiliates make up 17 percent of its membership. In Southern Nevada, Mormons make up more than half of the Las Vegas Area Council's membership.

EDITORIAL: Get mandates, subsidies out of solar energy business

The feud between NV Energy and the rooftop solar industry is flaring up again. The power provider has proposed a new rate structure that lowers the net metering credit for future rooftop solar customers, who use what they need and sell their surplus power to the utility. Solar proponents have said the proposal will irreparably harm the industry.

GOP debate marks beginning of the end for Trump

Thursday's question-and-answer sessions with Republican presidential candidates — sorry, they weren't debates — won't clear the field and won't create much separation in the polls, but they accomplished the top goal of party loyalists focused on taking back the White House in 2016.

EDITORIAL: Long walk to new arena? The horror!

Las Vegas has long wanted to attract a major professional sports franchise, and it's on the brink of doing so with the National Hockey League. But apparently there's concern about where all the local fans might park to access the gleaming new Strip arena being built by MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment Group.

LETTERS: Selfie stupidity justifies fine

The article in the July 26 Review-Journal about visitors who are taking "selfies" at Yellowstone National Park is further proof that you can't fix stupid ("Bison attacks woman trying to take a selfie in Yellowstone Park"). When one goes to this majestic park, there are signs posted everywhere warning people to stay at least 30 yards away from the bison and other wild animals. Yet people, in their stupidity, choose to ignore the signs and get self-absorbed in taking a selfie using their cameras. Then, when they are injured, immediately the rangers and other park personnel have to rush to their aid. As cold as it may sound, these people should be fined. Maybe they would learn a lesson and heed the warnings that are posted.

LETTERS: Laws should encourage more legal gun ownership

Each time our country experiences an act of gun violence, such as occurred recently in Charleston, S.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., we hear talk of gun control for a while. But usually nothing happens, because no one knows exactly what to do in order to prevent the violence. Gun control, more stringent background checks and so on is not the answer.

EDITORIAL: Excellent drivers

Move over, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. The Major League Baseball stars from Southern Nevada have been bumped from the national sports headlines by another pair of valley products: Kyle Busch and Inbee Park.

EDITORIAL: Clinton must reveal stance on Keystone pipeline

When Hillary Clinton launched her 2016 presidential campaign this spring, she boldly proclaimed on social media that she, unlike the GOP, was "looking forward to a real discussion" about the issues facing Americans. As we saw last week, however, her desire to have "a real discussion" about the issues does not apply to the Keystone XL pipeline.

LETTERS: Trump terribly wrong about immigrants

Never in the annals of American politics has one man — Donald Trump — been so wrong for so long about so much. Mr. Trump's bombastic opinions about immigration, foreign policy and the fight against ISIS make one wonder about the depths of extremism to which the Republican Party I belong to has sunk.