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EDITORIAL: Pre-K not the way

The state’s education leaders are celebrating a federal grant that will allow five school districts to expand pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds. They’re sold on the idea that the earlier a child begins school, the better the child will fare in elementary grades and beyond. As reported last week by the Review-Journal’s Trevon Milliard, the state will receive $6.4 million as part of a four-year award that could exceed $43 million.

EDITORIAL: Local control of federal land

Sometimes, the perfect can’t be the enemy of the good. Although there was much to abhor about the defense funding bill that finally cleared Congress last week — Washington’s sausage factory was in rare form this month — the legislation delivered several land provisions of such importance to Nevada that the policy monstrosity should be celebrated across the Silver State.

Fiore, under fire, plays the victim card

I was somewhat surprised last week when she accused Assembly Speaker-designate John Hambrick of waging a “war on women” after Hambrick removed her from her position as incoming chairwoman of the Assembly Taxation Committee for the 2015 Legislature.

Minimum wage hikes squeeze teens during holidays

Christmas has come early this year for young adults seeking a holiday job, with new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that retailers went on a 430,000-job hiring spree (on a seasonally-unadjusted basis) during the month of November.

EDITORIAL: Value your freedoms on Bill of Rights Day

Today is Bill of Rights Day. The observation, first ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, commemorates Dec. 15, 1791, when the first 10 amendments to our Constitution — known as the Bill of Rights — took effect. President Roosevelt ordered the recognition because he saw the Bill of Rights as “the great American charter of personal liberty.” And it’s not difficult to see why.

EDITORIAL: Cracking the code on Nevada’s taxes

To call a new Tax Foundation study of Nevada’s revenue structure a starting point for tax reform discussions wouldn’t be accurate. Over the years, the state has seen too many tax studies to count, all of which have been considered by the Nevada Legislature to varying degrees, then thrown into desk drawers and onto top shelves to collect dust. Lawmakers and state leaders have talked and talked about tax reform for decades and done nothing to address core flaws in the way Nevada funds state government.

EDITORIAL: Governor’s council bolsters state’s mental health system

It was a move straight from the textbook on political crisis management. When a disaster of incompetence or nonperformance emerges, an elected executive appoints a task force, or a blue ribbon commission, or a select panel, or any group of people willing to address the outrage. Said task force then takes forever to produce a report that makes a nice paperweight come Christmastime, and nothing improves.