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Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19, 2019

January 19, 2019 — Columnist's comments on illegal immigration irrelevant Columnist Dennis Cassinelli's snarky attempt to marginalize today's illegal immigration crisis with historical examples of "illegal" migration to this continent was neither funny nor relevant. The open borders crowd claims they're just showing compassion for economic and political refugees.

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Guy Farmer: Sisolak: More spending with no new taxes

January 19, 2019 — In his State of the State address last Wednesday evening, Nevada's new governor, Las Vegas Democrat Steve Sisolak, proposed an 8 percent increase over his predecessor's budget without any new taxes, which reminded me of former President George H.W. Bush's "no new taxes" pledge. When

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SILVER DOLLARS AND WOODEN NICKELS: Carson City is on the air

January 19, 2019 — Silver Dollars and Wooden Nickels is a weekly feature in the Appeal's Opinion pages in which the Appeal gives Silver Dollars to those who deserve recognition and occasionally a Wooden Nickel to those who deserve criticism. SILVER DOLLAR: To Carson City's local nonprofit radio station

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John Bullis: Verify the forms 1099-MISC you receive

January 19, 2019 — You know that everyone makes some mistakes. If you receive an IRS Form 1099-MISC (for miscellaneous) it is important to be sure it is correct. If the form is not correct, contact the person that issued it and ask for a corrected form. For example,

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Physiatry: Your questions (and answers) for pain

January 18, 2019 — Gregory Burkard Jr., DO is an interventional pain and sports medicine physiatrist who recently joined Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Natasha Schue: What exactly does a physiatrist do? Dr. Burkard: ​​I see and treat people living with pain. Pain can be caused by one or

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JoAnne Skelly: Climate change impacts on Nevada

January 18, 2019 — I've been curious how climate change will affect Nevada in years to come. I found an informative site, http://statesatrisk.org/nevada/, that's put out by http://www.climatecentral.org. This organization has "leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the

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Greg Dill: Keep your Medicare costs down

January 18, 2019 — Most doctors accept Medicare as full payment for their services. But some accept it only for certain services, and others don't accept it at all. What does this mean for you? If you have Original Medicare, it means you should try to use doctors, hospitals,

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Knecht: Key facts on Nevada state taxes, other revenues

January 18, 2019 — This is the second in a series of columns summarizing my Controller's Annual Report (CAR) for fiscal year 2018. Based on the state's official books and records, the CAR provides Nevada citizens, officials and others summaries of key facts, data, analysis and issues addressing Nevada's

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David Troxel: Alzheimer’s and dementia — what’s the difference?

January 18, 2019 — According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, these numbers are projected to increase to nearly 14 million. You might have heard the terms Alzheimer's disease and dementia used interchangeably. Alzheimer's disease and dementia are, in fact,

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Get Healthy Carson City: Insurance soup: Understanding your health plan

January 17, 2019 — Understanding health insurance can feel like a huge task. It's an alphabet soup of terms — PPO, HMO, plan year, in-network, out of network, deductible, copayment, co-insurance, out-of-pocket maximum and explanation of benefits. Here are some definitions to start with: A plan year is the

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Jim Hartman: Government shutdown: a political farce

January 17, 2019 — The federal budget for fiscal 2019 is $4.407 trillion. President Trump wants $5.7 billion for more miles of "wall" along the border with Mexico. Democrats don't want to spend a dime on the wall, but they will allocate $1.3 billion in additional funding for "border

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Letters to the Editor for Jan. 16, 2019

January 16, 2019 — Human rights According to our founding fathers, you have the right to the pursuit of happiness. That means you have the right to pursue your happiness to the best of your abilities under the laws of our country. The government does not guarantee your happiness;

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Dennis Cassinelli: The history of immigration in America

January 16, 2019 — Since the first undocumented aliens made their way across the Bering Land Bridge to enter North America more than 12,000 years ago, Americans have been plagued by immigration problems. Within just a few years, prehistorically speaking, families of the Spirit Cave Man, the Kennewick Man

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The Popcorn Stand celebrates National Popcorn Day

January 16, 2019 — Saturday is National Popcorn Day so of course this edition of the Popcorn Stand covers, well, covers National Popcorn Day. I love popcorn. The after effects of popcorn, not so much. I've eaten popcorn all of my life and somewhere way back in some space

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Kathy Walters: Finding our New Year’s passion

January 16, 2019 — It's that time of year when we get to focus on ourselves because, let's face it, much of our cultural messaging on New Year resolutions is about personal goals. Maybe this time around we are succeeding — we've been sticking to our fitness plan or

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Knecht: Key facts on Nevada’s spending problems

January 15, 2019 — This is the first of a series of columns summarizing my Controller's Annual Report (CAR) for fiscal year 2018. Based on the state's official books and records, the CAR provides Nevada citizens, officials and others a summary of key facts, data, analysis and issues addressing

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Jim Valentine: New year things to pay attention to

January 15, 2019 — Here we are in 2019, full of wonderment and expectations for the new year. With all that is going on in the world one can't help but ask where our attention should be focused as it pertains to real estate matters. The first thing that

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Ask Dirk: What should I do before calling for service?

January 15, 2019 — You've turned on the heat and nothing happens. No click. No warm air flowing through your vents. And it's cold inside. Should you immediately call for service? While some situations require a call to the technician to set up a service appointment, not all do.

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Leslie Cain: Real estate trends to expect in 2019

January 14, 2019 — While it is expected that this year is still going to be challenging for buyers, there is also good news for prospective buyers in 2019. Builders are constructing more entry-level homes, lenders are gradually making it easier to qualify for a loan, and there are

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The Popcorn Stand: Not good to think outside the (Bird) box

January 14, 2019 — In my latest "these kids today, whaddaya gonna do" rant, the old fuddy duddy has just learned about another not-so common sense thing young people do that has become a trend. I just wish these young people would learn from my father's generation and go

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