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Hey Congress: Try inhaling and chill out

WASHINGTON — Legal marijuana is spreading like a weed across the land but it has yet to take root in the place where people might benefit most from inhaling: the U.S. Capitol.

The horrible reform ahead

During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, corruption in government and industry was so common and blatant that it generated widespread revulsion in the public. It led to the Progressive Era, when remedies were adopted that turned out to be less than successful, such as initiative, referendum, and recall. Today the initiative petition process in California is a national joke and its use here in Nevada has effectively been limited to special interests.

A counter for hysterics in Michigan

DETROIT — Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan Republican, Spencer Abraham in 1994, has been elected to the Senate and for only one term. Evidence that former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land might end this GOP drought is that Democrats are attacking her for opposing “preventive health care.”

Letters to the Editor

Moose lodge and seniors thank community

Hearing an echo on Benghazi

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Wednesday held Benghazi hearing number 1,372,569, give or take, and this time they were determined to find the proof that had eluded them in the previous 1,372,568: that Obama administration officials had put politics before national security.

Solar panels good deal for Moapa tribe

Take the Valley of Fire exit off Interstate 15 north of Las Vegas, and you can’t miss the sign welcoming visitors to the Moapa Tribal Travel Center. It reads, “Tax Free.”

Jeb Bush’s challenge is to win Hispanic vote

WASHINGTON — The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking — some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits — askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination.

Preventable disease spreads in Nevada

“In May of 1874 I removed to Virginia City, Nevada, where the sewage of the city ran in an open flume under the sidewalk, and many times the odor was so unpleasant that people had to take the middle of the street,” wrote John Manson in the American Journal of Clinical Medicine in March 1910. “The consequence was that we had diphtheria all the time.”

Rape survivor criticized for writing about attack

Amanda Collins — a young Reno woman who survived a rape attack in a UNR parking garage in 2007 and has led efforts to pass a “campus carry” law in Nevada — is now being attacked by liberals for daring to speak out about it.

COMMUNITY VIEWPOINT: A cooperative for Nevada

Each year, Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA), hosts a variety of community meetings in an effort to provide our members with in-depth information about our cooperative’s financial position and strategic business plans. These meetings also offer valuable opportunities to share information about VEA’s continued success, economic contributions and member-focused initiatives.

Conservatives to women: Go get married

WASHINGTON — The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees.

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