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EDITORIAL: The VA's promotion-by-demotion mentality

When Ed Russell, the underperforming director of the VA's embattled Reno regional benefits office, was placed on administrative leave over the summer, both Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., rightly pushed for his removal. Mr. Russell was indeed ousted from his job, but not in the way Rep. Titus and Sen. Heller wanted.

EDITORIAL: NOAA goes into global hiding

Climate change agitators love to say the science is settled in their favor, that researchers have irrefutably proved industrial carbon emissions are causing global temperatures to rise to such an extent that irreversible environmental damage already is under way.

EDITORIAL: Hillary minimizes VA problems for political gain

The widespread incompetence and corruption within the Department of Veterans Affairs is irrefutable, uncovered by 138 separate nonpartisan investigations. This is important to remember during campaign season, when candidates will say anything — regardless of the facts — if they think it will help them raise money and win election.

EDITORIAL: Health insurance mandate gets costlier

Today marks the start of a new open enrollment period for Nevada's health insurance exchange. The process promises to be smoother than either of Nevada Health Link's previous two signup periods, which were among the worst Obamacare debacles in the country — no small feat for a law that has caused chaos throughout the health insurance marketplace and canceled millions of policies.

EDITORIAL: U.S. firearm violence hasn't increased

Mass shootings leave Americans anguished and angry. Every time one happens, more and more voters want to know how many more mass shootings will happen before our leaders "do something" about it. The unrelenting media coverage of and emotional debate surrounding mass shootings create the impression that the country is awash in worsening gun violence.

Review-Journal advisory board suggests changes to features section

After spending part of an afternoon last week with the Review-Journal's Reader Advisory Board, I came away thinking we need to make some changes to our features section or risk losing them as readers. I wasn't the only one. We limited last week's discussion to the features section because of time constraints, but our new features editor, Stephanie Grimes, filled a notebook.

EDITORIAL: Government violates its own environmental standards

In today's increasingly green-minded society, private entities face a lot of pressure to follow environmental regulations at the local, state and federal levels. Failure to comply can result in significant fines, aggressive prosecution and even the shuttering and/or seizing of businesses. If private-sector firms face intense pressure to comply with environmental regulations, we could assume that entities run by governments — the institutions charged with enforcing these same regulations — would do everything they could to make sure that they are in compliance with these standards, as well.