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EDITORIAL: School district needs to move forward on outside-the-box solutions

The Clark County School District is getting a tough lesson in math as it deals with surging enrollment and aging campuses, amid numbers that come nowhere near adding up. As the Review-Journal’s Trevon Milliard reported last week, the district plans to spend $301 million in the next five years on capital projects, including replacing one school entirely, renovating and replacing equipment at older schools, and adding portable classrooms to alleviate student crowding.

EDITORIAL: Land of the free?

How are we doing, safeguarding those “unalienable Rights” with which we are “endowed by our Creator” — in support of which 56 patriots solemnly pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, 238 years ago?

EDITORIAL: Judge takes air out of no-fly list

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown last week ruled the federal government’s “no-fly” list, originally created to prevent another 9/11, was unconstitutional. The list accused 20,000 people — including 500 Americans — of having links to terrorism and banned them from traveling on commercial airline flights.

EDITORIAL: NLV landlords

New employees are moving into North Las Vegas City Hall at no expense to city taxpayers. In fact, the government stands to net a six-figure income from the deal.

EDITORIAL: Give VA chief authority

Bravo to President Barack Obama for reaching well outside his comfort zone and nominating Bob McDonald, the retired chairman, president and CEO of Procter &Gamble, to reverse the culture of corruption and indifference that plagues Veterans Affairs.

EDITORIAL: Public land transfers

Washington controls far too much land in Nevada — about 86 percent of the state — and puts far too many restrictions on its use. Nevada’s economy would be far stronger and far more diverse if much of that federal land was under state or local control or, even better, transferred to private ownership.

EDITORIAL: VA corruption a national disgrace

The Department of Veterans Affairs finally is under intense scrutiny for its bogus waiting lists and the unconscionable treatment delays that have caused an untold number of preventable patient deaths. But new information shows that malfeasance, malpractice and outright corruption within the VA is worse than Americans could have imagined — much worse.

EDITORIAL: School shootings

Of all the senseless crimes in this country, school shootings are the most shocking and least explainable. The June 10 violence at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore., was no different. The mass shooting left one student dead and a teacher wounded before the 15-year-old killer took his own life.

EDITORIAL: Expanded background checks won’t end U.S. gun violence

Gun control advocates have filed an initiative to require background checks for private-party firearm sales in Nevada. If the groups behind the drive collect enough valid signatures to gain a vote on their petition, they’ll still have to overcome the strongest argument against expanded background checks: the fact that determined lawbreakers who want a gun will not respect the laws written to disarm them.

EDITORIAL: Instead of raising federal fuel tax, let states keep revenue

Members of Congress blame the depletion of the Federal Highway Trust Fund on the ever-increasing fuel economy of vehicles and the failure to adjust the fuel tax to inflation. These factors have resulted in more miles traveled on the country’s highways, leading to heavier traffic and more wear and tear on roads, and not enough money to upgrade and repair them because of rising construction and material costs.

EDITORIAL: Secret agency

The more a government seeks refuge in secrecy, the less credibility it has with the people it serves. The longer a government refuses to answer basic questions about public business, the more suspicious taxpayers become.

EDITORIAL: E-cigarettes and teen smoking

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported good news in its National Youth Risk Behavior Survey: cigarette smoking by American juveniles has dropped to its lowest level in 22 years. The smoking rate among teens was 15.7 percent in 2013, which is already lower than the 16 percent rate the government hoped to reach by 2020.

EDITORIAL: The IRS and ‘suspicious activity’

Speaking of IRS arrogance, a pair of agents proved agency overreach extends all the way to Las Vegas. At last week’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference, put on by the State Bar of Nevada, Josh Bottjer and Adam Steiner ordered the media out of a conference room at Red Rock Resort. According to a person present, the men then delivered to lawyers, gaming executives and regulators a heavy-handed presentation regarding the kinds of “suspicious activities” casinos are obligated to report. Among them: any customer who expresses distrust of the government.

EDITORIAL: Heck bill a good start toward bigger VA reform

When the new Veterans Affairs hospital in North Las Vegas was being built, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it would be “as pleasurable as any hospital can be.” Then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said the medical center would give area veterans increased access to much-needed medical care.