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EDITORIAL: End lawmakers’ lobby hobby

Election to Congress is a golden ticket, essentially a guarantee of lifetime job security in Washington. The more former lawmakers we have, the more lobbyists we get, and the more lobbyists we have, the more spending we get. Breaking this vicious, costly cycle will take more than electing a genuine fiscal conservative as president. No, to dial back the size of Washington, we have to shut the revolving door forever. And one freshman lawmaker has an idea to do just that.

EDITORIAL: Funding great teachers

Another reminder for legislators: hundreds of millions of dollars in new education spending will create hundreds upon hundreds of new teaching positions. If the state can’t fill those positions with good educators, achievement initiatives won’t work.

EDITORIAL: Great interstate

Interstate 11, for years nothing more than a dream on a drawing board, became very real Monday when Nevada officials broke ground on a stretch of freeway that will provide a faster, direct link between the Las Vegas and Phoenix metropolitan areas.

EDITORIAL: Witness payment ruling

Bravo to District Judge Susan Scann for ordering the Clark County district attorney’s office to release documents related to its witness payment program to the Review-Journal. It’s too bad prosecutors still don’t understand the spirit of the state’s public records law, which was at the heart of Thursday’s ruling.

Tolerance a two-way street

Excited protests against Indiana’s recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America’s growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time.

EDITORIAL: IRS in dire need of greater accountability

When thieves stole 40 million credit and debit card numbers from Target customers during a massive data breach in 2013, the company eventually agreed to pay $10 million under a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit. Experts said that the incident could have been avoided if the company had adopted and implemented better data security measures, and the Department of Justice even looked into the matter.

Tone down rhetoric, re-emphasize shared U.S.-Israel interests

Last month, in what were free, fair and democratic elections, the Likud party gained a plurality of the vote from the Israeli electorate. We congratulate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on this victory and wish him well in his efforts to form a stable coalition ruling government for all citizens, Jews and non-Jews alike.