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EDITORIAL: Don’t forget the reforms

In case lawmakers needed a reminder, our support of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget — and the tax increases needed to fund it — is conditional. Major government reforms must be part of the deal. And with less than a week remaining in the 2015 Legislature, not enough of those reforms have passed.

EDITORIAL: Carpetbagger cleaning

If a candidate seeking election to the Legislature doesn’t live in the district he or she seeks to represent, that candidate should be prohibited from taking office. It shouldn’t matter which party the candidate is affiliated with or which party is in the Legislature’s majority.

EDITORIAL: College debt a looming threat

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says the total amount of U.S. student loan debt has quintupled since 2004, surpassing both credit card and auto loan debt as the single biggest nonhousing liability in the country. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau compares the student loan industry to the subprime mortgage market prior to the explosion of the housing bubble and warns that such an unsustainable amount of debt will severely limit the ability of young Americans to buy homes, create businesses and save for retirement.

EDITORIAL: Holstering progress

The alarmism that dominates opposition to firearm legislation trashes law-abiding gun owners out of necessity. Arguments must focus on the carnage of lawbreakers to advance the gun control agenda and prevent the expansion of gun rights.

EDITORIAL: Guarding the guardians

Clark County commissioners were in rare form Tuesday, expressing shock — Shock! — and outrage — Outrage! — over abuses carried out by court-appointed guardians. Last week, the Review-Journal reported the miserable oversight failures of the system that’s supposed to protect the estates of thousands of elderly and mentally incapacitated residents, and in their first meeting since those reports, commissioners were eager to blame anyone but themselves.