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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.

EDITORIAL: Time to red-card this stadium plan

The Las Vegas Valley needs a new stadium — one new stadium. And if taxpayers are going to be asked to fund part of the construction costs, the terms must be favorable, the planning process must be exceptionally open and deliberate, and the venue must have flexibility. There must be vetting and more vetting. And then some more vetting.

EDITORIAL: Self-driving cars stuck in park

Self-driving cars are widely seen as a technology of the future. But they could be the technology of right now, providing consumers with more freedom, flexibility and safety — if only the lumbering truck that is government would just pull over and get out of the way.

EDITORIAL: President Present

To hear the White House tell it, President Barack Obama’s commitment to his fellow Democrats is as strong as ever. Democrats on Capitol Hill tell a different story, however, and the national press and the public are catching on.

EDITORIAL: Animal planet

Sixteen years ago, voters enshrined in the state constitution specific limits on the Legislature’s ability to intrude on our lives, erode our freedoms, burden our businesses and pile ever more laws into the Nevada Revised Statutes. Biennial regular sessions were capped at 120 days because Nevadans wanted lawmakers to focus on essential business, such as passing a budget, then go home.

EDITORIAL: Sahara reborn as SLS

Strip hotel openings, once annual affairs of one-upmanship, are especially worthy of celebration today because they’re so rare. This weekend’s opening of the SLS Las Vegas should resonate with anyone in Southern Nevada who remembers the good old days, who fought through the Great Recession, who believed that with hard work and vision, eventually, things could get better.

EDITORIAL: An army of evil

James Foley was fearless. As an independent videographer and reporter, he regularly risked his life to travel to unfathomably dangerous places so the rest of the world could better understand the horrors so many people endure.