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LETTER: Protecting Southern Nevada’s outdoor treasures

There aren’t many places in the country where there’s an opportunity to set aside 2 million acres of land for public recreation, such as at Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon, and to protect native plants and animals such as in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. We are lucky we live in one of those places.

As a guide on the Colorado River, I’ve seen how many more people have been getting out to enjoy the outdoors over the past year. We have to balance the need for people to get outdoors with preserving these spaces. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep. Dina Titus recently introduced the Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act which would do just that, setting aside more public lands to give us more places to go.

Now is the time to expand protections for the places that make Southern Nevada unique, from Red Rock to the Desert Refuge.

LETTER: Asian hate crimes, Congress and higher education

Victor Joecks’ April 28 column claimed that opposition by Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen to a Republican amendment to the Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill was tantamount to supporting discrimination in higher education.

LETTER: Nevada counties get more control in pandemic

Your April 27 editorial rightly suggests that Gov. Steve Sisolak pass more control of COVID restrictions to Clark County, as has since been done. This, however, does not mean the pandemic is over.