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EDITORIAL: Amid Hafen hubbub, panel wisely leaves Henderson charter intact

Andy Hafen’s second term as mayor of Henderson will be his last. The Nevada Supreme Court declared as much earlier this year when it issued a surprising clarification on the state constitution’s voter-approved term limits amendment. And the city’s citizen Charter Committee assured as much last week when it declined to recommend a change to Henderson’s governance structure that could have kept Mr. Hafen in office through the end of the decade.

EDITORIAL: Keep close eye on constable

The Las Vegas Township constable’s office will close come January, having been abolished by the Clark County Commission. But the next five months can’t go fast enough as Constable John Bonaventura continues to make a mockery of his elected post. Lately, it seems not even a week can pass without more troubling or even outlandish news coming out of the office.

EDITORIAL: Tainted investigation

Law enforcement agencies have a difficult enough task even when they have the support of the citizens they serve. It certainly doesn’t get any easier when that public trust is broken, something the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives learned earlier this month.

Hamas’ war crimes threaten far more than Palestinians

When adults are found to be acting contrary to the interests of their own children, when they deliberately place their dependents in harm’s way, when their conduct violates the most fundamental human rights of those who are incapable of resisting, either because of their age or infirmity, all people and societies of conscience are obliged to intervene.

ANOTHER anti-tax study?

The last time we checked in with the anti-Education Initiative crowd, they were touting studies that predicted Las Vegas would look pretty much as it did in Resident Evil: Apocalypse if voters OK’d the measure.

Nanny State has plenty of detractors

My July 6 and July 20 columns on the growth of the Nanny State generated more response than can be published. But it was very encouraging to see so many readers understand the threat the growth of government poses to the rights of parents — and the well-being of children.

EDITORIAL: Put foot on gas in energy search

In a move that could boost economies along the East Coast, the Obama administration approved the use of underwater sound blasts to pinpoint the locations of oil and gas deposits beneath Atlantic Ocean waters. Environmentalists are less than pleased with the decision, but President Barack Obama deserves praise for it.

EDITORIAL: Conserving cash

Government isn’t structured to run efficiently. It’s a rare moment when the private sector doesn’t outperform the bureaucrats who would purport to be our betters, even in areas dominated by government hype. Like being eco-friendly.

EDITORIAL: Don’t give VA another $17.6 billion; privatize the agency

In case you’re keeping score at home, the Department of Veterans Affairs repeatedly ignored and hid warnings from whistleblowers about a pattern of negligent practices resulting in delays in care, shoddy treatment and needless patient deaths at its medical centers. According to a report by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., VA negligence cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements over the past decade and may have killed up to 1,000 veterans.

EDITORIAL: City manager salary

It’s rare that we advocate for public-sector raises in the best of times, and even more unlikely under the current conditions. Generally speaking, private-sector workers aren’t reaping any benefits from the still-sluggish recovery following the Great Recession, and here in Clark County, the taxpaying public also faces a never-ending push to increase taxes on several fronts.