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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.

EDITORIAL: Great interstate

Interstate 11, for years nothing more than a dream on a drawing board, became very real Monday when Nevada officials broke ground on a stretch of freeway that will provide a faster, direct link between the Las Vegas and Phoenix metropolitan areas.

EDITORIAL: Witness payment ruling

Bravo to District Judge Susan Scann for ordering the Clark County district attorney’s office to release documents related to its witness payment program to the Review-Journal. It’s too bad prosecutors still don’t understand the spirit of the state’s public records law, which was at the heart of Thursday’s ruling.

EDITORIAL: IRS in dire need of greater accountability

When thieves stole 40 million credit and debit card numbers from Target customers during a massive data breach in 2013, the company eventually agreed to pay $10 million under a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit. Experts said that the incident could have been avoided if the company had adopted and implemented better data security measures, and the Department of Justice even looked into the matter.

EDITORIAL: Your vote counts, so don’t miss primary

The municipal election primary is upon us. Early voting ended Friday, and those who haven’t voted get just one more chance to cast their ballots, on Tuesday. Turnout is expected to be typically apathetic, perhaps not even cracking 10 percent, making every single vote all the more valuable.

EDITORIAL: Capitalism crushes poverty

Capitalism often gets a bad rap. But make no mistake, the incredible decline in poverty worldwide over the past two centuries — and especially over the past three decades — is largely due to economic growth spurred by capitalism and industrialism.

EDITORIAL: Legislature should support asset forfeiture reform bill

Innocent until proven guilty is supposed to be a hallmark of the American justice system. But in the case of asset forfeiture, it doesn’t work that way in many states, including Nevada for the moment. Civil asset forfeiture laws override constitutional rights, allowing law enforcement to legally steal property of individuals without a conviction, an arrest or even so much as a citation.

EDITORIAL: Regulations due for a makeover

On Wednesday in Carson City, Assembly Bill 409 is expected to get its first hearing in the Legislature, before the Assembly’s Committee on Commerce and Labor. And if ever a bill were aptly numbered, AB409 is it — because Nevada’s occupational licensing regulations need some serious cleaning up.

EDITORIAL: March Madness means money

March Madness isn’t contained to your TV set. As it does every year in Las Vegas, the NCAA Tournament has taken over the town, with thousands of tourists flooding sports books and plopping down basketfuls of their hard-earned cash on their favorite teams.

EDITORIAL: Reid’s run unmatched in Nevada history

To say Harry Reid belongs on Nevada’s hypothetical Mount Rushmore suggests that three other people have wielded influence comparable to the longtime U.S. senator. In reality, no other figure in Nevada’s 150-year history has built as much power for himself — and as much leverage for the state — as the Searchlight native, who announced Friday morning that he would not seek re-election to a sixth term.

EDITORIAL: Drones mean business

The assessor’s office provides an aerial image of your house — and your entire neighborhood, for that matter — and displays it on the agency’s website. Other websites provide similar views. But if you’re trying to sell your house and want much closer, better aerial footage to enhance your listing, you can’t get it.

EDITORIAL: Legislature must let Uber operate in Nevada

If Nevada lawmakers are serious about attracting more high-tech companies to the state, about lifting the state’s entrepreneurial profile and appealing to the 21st-century workforce they claim they want to create, they’ll pass legislation that allows one of the country’s most innovative industries to operate here.

EDITORIAL: North Strip makeover

Soon the Echelon eyesore will be no more. As reported Monday by the Review-Journal’s Howard Stutz, Malaysia-based Genting Berhad will break ground May 5 on the $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas hotel-casino, a project that promises to accellerate the redevelopment of the north Strip and wipe out a painful reminder of the Great Recession.