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EDITORIAL: Congress should kill ethanol mandate

The country’s decade-old Renewable Fuel Standard requires increasing levels of plant-based ethanol and biodiesel to be added to traditional fossil fuels. It was supposed to be good for the economy and great for the environment. It has been neither — and it could get even worse.

EDITORIAL: A new federal assault on First Amendment

The First Amendment protects the right of the people and the press to criticize the government, especially when their opinions are presented in highly offensive terms. But the First Amendment does not prevent the government from trying to undermine and deny that right whenever it suits the bureaucracy’s interests. The Department of Justice’s recent treatment of Reason magazine and some commenters on its website highlights federal hostility to dissent and the lengths Washington will go to chill free speech.

It’s time to hold Bundy accountable for standoff

The Obama administration is often criticized by conservatives for selectively enforcing, or failing to enforce, the law. These complaints most often arise in relation to immigration or drug laws that the president disagrees with, but this administration’s law enforcement failures go beyond those issues.

Social Security needs a serious solvency solution

Tough issues, like tough nuts, crack hard. Social Security and entitlement reform, while assuring seniors that they will receive the benefits of hard work, is one such issue. Here in Clark County, we older Americans are watching closely what Congress — especially Rep. Cresent Hardy, and Sens. Dean Heller and Harry Reid — do to preserve Social Security this session. And we have a suggestion.

The real deal

There came a moment during Bernie Sanders’ town hall meeting at Treasure Island on Friday when he blurted out a seemingly spontaneous line that was really anything but.

Public schools can fight ESAs by being more accountable

The Nevada Legislature passed the nation’s first universal Education Savings Account bill, which will allow people of any income to use public education funds to attend private schools. Nevada joins 13 other states with a voucher or ESA program, though all others are targeted only at high-needs students.

Time is now for strategic reset

It’s time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Picot map is defunct.

EDITORIAL: UNLV medical school scholarship drive delivers

Higher education officials, health care professionals, business leaders and lawmakers made a lot of promises in creating a brand-new medical school at UNLV. Economic development. Improved health care. New physicians who’ll stay in the valley to alleviate critical doctor shortages. Significant community and philanthropic support to accompany the state funding required to get the school up and running. The rapid development of not merely a good medical school, but a great one that can attract excellent applicants and be highly selective in admissions.