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EDITORIAL: For Clark County sheriff

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie surprised the valley’s political establishment last year when he announced he would not seek a third term as chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo faces former Capt. Larry Burns in this fall’s election to replace Sheriff Gillespie.

EDITORIAL: Firefighter recruitment

Southern Nevada local governments so rarely enact money-saving efficiencies that it’s tempting to applaud even the slightest spending reduction. But a well-intended attempt to consolidate some administrative functions is such a missed opportunity, it makes us wonder whether officials understand the problem they’re trying to address.

EDITORIAL: Reid, Redskins and bribes

The Washington Redskins offend Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It’s not merely the name of the capital’s NFL franchise that disgusts the Nevada Democrat, but the way in which the team is defending itself against Sen. Reid’s constant attacks on the team.

EDITORIAL: Solve school space issue with private sector help

The school year is underway, again putting the spotlight on the Clark County School District’s crowded campuses. Because the district has no available funding for new construction, some extreme options are under consideration to ease crowding in the coming years: allowing students to alternate days between going to school and staying home for online classes; year-round campuses; and of course, the despised solution of double sessions.

EDITORIAL: Raises show no need for Henderson tax hike

It needs to be repeated again and again: There is an exceptionally short list of Nevada government entities that need more funding, even though every last one of them is clamoring for tax hikes. The state’s K-12 system is at the top of the list, and Nevada’s awful mental health care system is a close second. And improving mental health care in Nevada holds the promise of reducing costs for police, courts, jails and the overall health care system.

EDITORIAL: Misplaced minimum wage rage

Protesters took to the streets in Las Vegas and other cities Thursday to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage for fast-food workers. The irony of the demonstrations was lost on the participants (assuming they were fast-food workers and not operatives paid by the Service Employees International Union). If they get their way, thousands of fast-food workers will quite literally be out on the streets, priced out of their jobs and into the unemployment line.

EDITORIAL: Shut down Operation Choke Point

Banks must cooperate with authorities if the government, working with the courts, can demonstrate that a financial institution’s customer is committing fraud or other crimes. Banks should not be expected to cooperate with authorities who, for political reasons, want to deny financial services to perfectly legal businesses.

EDITORIAL: Fruits of our labor

This holiday weekend, as the cooler weather of autumn flickers from the horizon, let’s not be alarmists: Even if there are more hamburgers and fewer T-bones on those backyard grills for yet another year, neither famine nor pestilence stalks the land.

EDITORIAL: Show us the money

If we were to list every federal tax and fee on these pages, we’d need a few weeks to complete the task. There are so many taxes flowing into Washington that not even the IRS can keep track of them all.

EDITORIAL: Cookie crumbles under flawed lunch standards

Students in Elyria, Ohio, just west of Cleveland, love their pink cookies. Jean Gawlik, the school district’s longtime food production manager, first introduced the family recipe to the city’s school lunch rooms more than 40 years ago, and since then the delicious homemade sour cream cake cookie has taken on a life of its own.