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<p>Public figures like former Gov. Jim Gibbons, who became embroiled in a scandal involving a cocktail waitress while in office, became easy targets for the sharp pens of CityLife.</p>
<p>Reporter Amy Kingsley wrote in December 2010 of the F Street controversy that the &amp;#8220;wall separating the historic Westside and City Hall might finally bring them together.&amp;#8221;</p>
<p>AP PHOTO/LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE</p><p>Fromer editor Steve Sebelius described U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. in 2007 as someone who &amp;#8220;has already admitted he&amp;#8217;ll lie without hesitation if he thinks it necessary&amp;#8230;&amp;#8221;</p>
<p>Editor Arnold M. Knightly expressed concern in December about the proximity of large bars to kids&amp;#8217; play areas at Container Park in downtown Las Vegas.</p>

“The fact that many Americans are still deluded enough to claim Iraq was an imminent threat is proof America has a really big problem telling the difference between David and Goliath.” - Saab Lofton, Nov. 13, 2003

“For two hours last Friday, members of Gov. Jim Gibbons’ newly reinstated Nevada State Commission on Minority Affairs discussed anything but the host of real problems facing Nevada’s minority communities.” - Jason Whited, June 12, 2008

“It’s 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, and I’m nestled in a corner of a biker bar in Bullhead City, Ariz. My mind is screaming like the thousands of motorcycles that have passed me since 5 this morning, when I packed a small bag of black clothes and wife-beaters in hopes of chasing down a Hell’s Angel at the River Run in Laughlin.” - Patty L. Walsh, May 3, 2007

“I’m sitting at the kitchen table in the North Las Vegas home of the soul singer formerly known as Bettye Swann. She’s smiling, as always - a bright, warm smile that’s irresistible. It absolutely beguiles you into smiling back.” -Jarret Keene, March 3, 2005

“This is a rallying cry to the thousands of service industry workers in Las Vegas, whose sweat and toil keep the Strip running. Look to your brothers and sisters in California; grab yourself a picket sign and shut down the Strip.” -David Hare, Oct. 23, 2003

“What’s to be said of the many streets with more than one name? Fort Apache Road turns into Rampart Boulevard. Martin Luther King Boulevard becomes Camino al Norte when the, um, pricier neighborhood begins.” - Megan Capehart, Feb. 20, 2003

“Catchy quotables. Biblical rhetoric. Ridiculous worst-case scenarios. Insults. Scare tactics. Lies. They were all used by the various Nevadans Against Legalizing Marijuana.” - Jimmy Boegle, Oct. 3, 2003

“There’s something joyous about the panting of a dog.” - H. Lee Barnes, July 4, 2002

“Animal Control Officer Carol Treftz said she was told by another new hire that one of the training officers didn’t want to train her because she was a lesbian.” - Matt O’Brien, Aug. 23, 2007

“Because Sen. John Ensign has already admitted he’ll lie without hesitation if he thinks it necessary, it’s difficult to take anything he says seriously, or literally.” - Steve Sebelius, Sept. 6, 2007

“Outlawing legal brothels in order to combat illegal prostitution is like outlawing legal sports books in order to crack down on illegal bookies.” - George Knapp, Sept. 13, 2007

“The transient nature of Las Vegas also applies to the news media. Journalists come and go.” - Geoff Schumacher, June 26, 2008

“We may find ourselves in real trouble with North Korea, folks. I don’t mean the fake histrionics of Homeland Security and the war against terror. I mean full-on Cuban Missile Crisis trouble.” - Joshua Ellis, Feb. 17, 2005

“We caught the stoplight at Spring Mountain after a painter in a truck strung with ladders hesitated before the yellow and then sped through the red, a technique often used to screw his fellow motorists. Asshole!” - Jack Paris, Nov. 25, 2004

“Like those rare and wonderful evenings when, somehow, I manage to get the most beautiful redhead in the bar to sit with me— inciting stares of astonishment and disapproval from the other patrons and passersby - Pure (the new nightclub inside Caesar’s Palace) and I go together like an unwashed wino staggering into a swanky Hollywood party.” - Seth Flynn Barkan, March 24, 2005

“I promised myself I’d never start a review with some flat preamble about how there’s so much more to Vegas than the neon.” - Kelle Schillaci, Oct. 28, 2004

“Constitutionally defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman was really just the one-trick pony in the show. On July 14, the show was really about stirring the controversy pot in a pep rally for President Bush’s conservative base.” - Emmily Bristol, July 22, 2004

“Although the world is full of lonely souls, there’s always a powerful connection to be made.” - Matt Kelemen, Aug. 26, 2004

“How can it be that such a significant fraction of ‘college level’ writers are producing work nearly indistinguishable from - or sometimes worse than - the incoherent strivings of many third-graders?” - David Surratt, Aug. 17, 2006

“The truth of the matter is America is waking up.” - Lee Plotkin, Sept. 14, 2006

“Few people actually get excited about tofu.” -Jeff Inman, Oct. 12, 2006

“When was Las Vegas’ golden era? In my not-so-humble opinion, it was the 1970s.” -Lissa Townsend Rodgers, July 12, 2007

“The hard-won gains of the women’s movement, for Paris Hilton, seem to have trickled down to mean the right to act like a spoiled little shit publicly and be praised for it.” - Meredith McGhan, May 17, 2007

“Many war films exist in a kind of vacuum, accomplishing little except sucking the truth out of the historical event they purport to detail.” - Kevin Capp, April 13, 2006

“Locally, if the EPA lowers the standard, large amounts of perchlorate in the ground won’t have to be removed, saving Kerr-McGee a fortune in clean-up fees.” - Cathy Scott, Jan. 20, 2005

“The Nevada Legislature is essentially a subsidiary of Nevada’s lobbying industry, which in turn is working on behalf of mining, gambling, banks and other corporate interests.” - Hugh Jackson, Nov. 14, 2012

“Choosing Elaine Wynn for a leadership role in our state’s schools is like picking Adolf Hitler to head up a fundraiser for Jewish orphans.” - Chip Mosher, Jan. 1, 2014

“I prefer to get out and do shit!” -Sarah Jane Woodall, Nov. 27, 2013

“I went to Container Park downtown last week and liked what I saw. The only thing that bothered me, and maybe I’m getting old, was the proximity of the bars close to the playground.” - Arnold Knightly, Dec. 5, 2013

“So if your neighbor, friend or family member suddenly starts looking like a real-life zombie, it could be Halloween. Then again, it could be krokodil.” - Launce Rake, Oct. 10, 2013

“Now that you’ve got Bitcoins, what can you do with them?” - Chris Ainsworth, Jan. 1, 2014

“I felt that way when I started patronizing gay establishments in the late 1990s and early 2000s. You didn’t need rubber jousting tournaments or carnival games to attract people to the Fruit Loop, which has always been the closest approximation to a gay hub that Vegas has ever had.” - Mike Prevatt, Oct. 10, 2012

“The wall separating the historic Westside and City Hall might finally bring them together. After more than two years of protests, negotiations and questions about funding, the two sides are quietly coming to an agreement on plans for a new-and-improved F Street underpass.” - Amy Kingsley, Dec. 16, 2010

“The temporal experience of reading lends itself to the belief that what you’re reading, what you’re experiencing on the page, must be true, or else why would you be feeling the emotions you’re having just on the basis of a typeface on a white page?” -Tod Goldberg, Feb. 25, 2010

“Last week, I saw the full moon on the surface of a memory, the wreck and ruin of time just below its stillness.” - Gregory Crosby, May 18, 2004

“They say that a good home-cooked meal is the way to a man’s heart, but my guess is the proverb should cast a wider net: Offering food of any sort gives you an in to the ‘heart’ of all living things.” - Lenadams Dorris, May 18, 2004

“My mother used to tell me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. If my editors at CityLife subscribed to mom’s philosophy, this week’s review might be one of the shortest in history.” - Al Mancini, Feb. 25, 2004

“I’ve lived in interesting places before, including Tokyo and the Bay area, but hardly anyone wanted to visit me until I moved to Sin City. Now, I’ve got more friends than a Powerball winner.” - Karenmary Penn, May 18, 2004

“As Election Day approaches, local campaign ads have made it abundantly clear that, in fact, there is no one on the ballot in the Great State of Nevada fit to hold public office.” -Lisa Coffey, Oct. 29, 2002

“More rules mean government officials have a greater opportunity to prevent the public from taking a part in politics.” -Mike Zigler, Aug. 3, 2004

“My stream of consciousness was tempted to hurl this drippy botch of a novel across the room in a mix of dashed hopes and mislaid relief. But that wasn’t at least until Chapter 3.” - Andrew Kiraly, March 26, 2008

“Someday, after whatever finally kills me finally kills me, the coroner will drop his bloody gloves into the tray and tell his recording device, ‘… but he didn’t have much time left, anyway.’” - Scott Dickensheets, Dec. 9, 2011

Compiled by Chip Mosher. CL