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EDITORIAL: Congress should ax betting tax

Our representatives in Washington, D.C., rarely have trouble coming up with ways to extract more money from the people, which is then spent on more government. So it’s surprising — and downright laudable — when a lawmaker goes to bat not once, but twice to get a tax completely repealed and keep money in the hands of those who can put it to far better use.

EDITORIAL: Boulder City bypass

The Las Vegas Valley has seen its share of important road projects over the years. The beltway has brought immeasurable relief to drivers, as has the widening of U.S. Highway 95 from the Spaghetti Bowl north to Centennial Hills. Interstate 15 looks nothing like the highway that ran west of the Strip 20 years ago, and Project Neon will transform it even more.

One Senate bill targets violence against women

When I was in my early 20s, I was still getting my life together. I had only recently gathered the courage and the resources to leave an extremely abusive relationship. I didn’t know when I drove home from work one day that I would be badly beaten in broad daylight right outside of my apartment. I didn’t know that despite having a temporary protective order in place, I would become one of the three in 10 women who are beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. I didn’t know how lucky I was that a gun wasn’t around.

EDITORIAL: Judge must order DA to release records

Government officials do not have the discretion to decide which documents are public records and which ones are confidential. They cannot reject a request for public records based on what they think the documents might be used for. They cannot set a cap on the number of records requests a party can submit. They do not have the latitude to reject some records requests because they complied with others. And they certainly can’t tell news organizations whether to report on government documents or when they must stop reporting on those public records.

EDITORIAL: The power of forgiveness

Sometimes, a person does something so magnanimous and so unexpected that it can make even the most hardened soul have renewed faith in humanity. Cynthia Portaro delivered such a moment last week at the Regional Justice Center. Her actions were so moving that veteran public defender Joseph Abood said he’d “never seen anything like it.”