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EDITORIAL: Cheers to Norm!

It’s fair to compare Norm Clarke with Norm Peterson, the character portrayed by George Wendt in the classic sitcom “Cheers.” When he entered the bar each day, Mr. Peterson was greeted by patrons’ simultaneous shout of “Norm!”

EDITORIAL: End lawmakers’ lobby hobby

Election to Congress is a golden ticket, essentially a guarantee of lifetime job security in Washington. The more former lawmakers we have, the more lobbyists we get, and the more lobbyists we have, the more spending we get. Breaking this vicious, costly cycle will take more than electing a genuine fiscal conservative as president. No, to dial back the size of Washington, we have to shut the revolving door forever. And one freshman lawmaker has an idea to do just that.

EDITORIAL: BLM blockade

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management finally released some records related to last year’s Bundy ranch confrontation in Bunkerville. Considering the limited number and scope of documents provided to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, one of two scenarios is true: Either the BLM is so incompetent that it put no thought into the overdone cattle roundup and never analyzed the guns-drawn showdown that resulted, or it’s so arrogant and unaccountable that its leaders believe they can ignore the law.

EDITORIAL: Let them play

Two kids walking home from a Montgomery County, Md., park were abducted three blocks from their house Sunday. It was around 5 p.m., hours before sunset, and the children were following their parents’ instructions to be home by 6 p.m. When the children didn’t arrive home on time, the parents were rightly worried. They said they didn’t get a response from authorities until 8 p.m., three hours after the children were taken.

EDITORIAL: Obamacare’s preventive mandates don’t deliver

Before the not-so-affordable Affordable Care Act was forced upon the American people, some economists, elected officials, medical experts and pundits repeatedly made the case that giving everyone access to “free” preventive care with no co-payments would create overwhelming demand for a health care system already short of providers, drive up insurance costs and provide little to no health benefits for Americans.

EDITORIAL: Sandoval plan has our support — with a few suggested revisions

There are just seven weeks left in the 2015 Nevada Legislature. Lawmakers have made much progress in reviewing Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $7.3 billion, two-year budget, which includes about $800 million in new education spending. There is wide bipartisan support for the governor’s plan to improve Nevada’s inferior public education system: a mix of program expansions, new initiatives and policy reforms that will make schools more accountable for the billions of dollars they spend each year.

EDITORIAL: Expanding school choice for the poor

Nevadans want more school choice. The long waiting lists at magnet schools and charter schools are more than enough proof of demand for public education options beyond traditional neighborhood schools. But some families have more choices than others, and it’s up to state lawmakers to guarantee that all Nevada children have educational alternatives.

EDITORIAL: Funding great teachers

Another reminder for legislators: hundreds of millions of dollars in new education spending will create hundreds upon hundreds of new teaching positions. If the state can’t fill those positions with good educators, achievement initiatives won’t work.