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Biggest babies on planes are grown-ups

The past few times I've been on a plane, I've had to endure the grating behavior of babies. It's without question the worst part of air travel today — and that's saying a lot in an era of baggage fees, poor on-time performance and terrorist treatment from the TSA.

Tesla can't defy rules of mass auto production

The relationship between Wall Street and the auto industry has always been contentious, with automakers balancing their huge capital needs and long-term business model against investors' relentless focus on short-term returns. Tesla has turned this struggle on its head in its short time as a public company, grabbing market valuations at multiples of earnings that resemble Silicon Valley software startups more than any car company. Now, as the electric automaker struggles to move beyond low-volume production of a single model, investors have to be wondering why they thought Tesla could defy the century-old rules of mass auto production.

EDITORIAL: Photographer's exhibit is vintage Nevada

It's appropriate that Jeff Scheid's first solo photography exhibit is being staged at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Over the course of his 34-year career at the Review-Journal, Mr. Scheid has documented as much Nevada history as anyone, capturing iconic images from boxing rings and desert landscapes, courtrooms and showrooms, crime scenes and casinos.

LETTERS: Fremont Street a bad experience

On a recent Friday night visit to the Fremont Street Experience, the street was full of panhandlers and half-naked men and women. It's become a disgraceful circus atmosphere. I have lived here 38 years, and I have never seen such trash and disrespect for tourists and locals alike.

EDITORIAL: Minimum wage increases kill jobs

President Barack Obama has long pushed for a higher federal minimum wage, and a handful of a U.S. cities either have proposed higher minimum wages or approved them. And while Democrats will continue to champion minimum wage increases throughout the 2016 campaign, a higher minimum wage, contrary to what progressives tell us, would end up harming the people it's supposed to help.

Metro finally gets (some of) More Cops sales tax

Metro police may finally see another sales tax increase dedicated to hiring more officers approved by the Clark County Commission. But instead of a 0.15-percentage-point increase authorized by the Nevada Legislature in 2013, or a compromise 0.075-percentage-point increase floated last year, the increase will be 0.05 percentage points.

Social Security disability process needs reform

Today we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Since its inception, America's Social Security system has undergone numerous changes. Originally, Social Security was intended to pay only retirement benefits to the primary worker. However, in 1939 the law changed to add survivors' benefits and benefits for the retiree's spouse and children. In 1956, disability benefits were added.

Reid extolls solar power, early caucus and Glass-Steagall

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said marijuana shouldn’t be a Schedule I controlled substance, derided NV Energy for its approach to rooftop solar power generation and said he wouldn’t ask President Barack Obama to designate Gold Butte as federally protected land – but allowed that he may still make that request in the future.

Congress can't allow Internet service to be taxed

Nevada schoolchildren are preparing to head back to the classroom. Meanwhile, members of Congress are counting the days until they must head back to Washington. When students start cracking open laptops, lawmakers will be taking a crack at critical legislation affecting taxpayers.

LETTERS: Save Dash Pass by charging a fee

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles' decision to stop the Dash Pass program showed the typical bureaucratic mentality of throwing the baby out with the bathwater ("DMV ends Dash Pass remote access," July 23 Review-Journal). Any business in the private sector would have looked at the problems and developed changes that addressed those problems. Leave it to a bureaucracy to come up with a solution that will simply replicate the previous problem.

EPA's ozone rule: A cure worse than the disease

As the Environmental Protection Agency rushes to complete its new rule on ozone emissions, there's been a lot of discussion about the burdens on businesses and local governments. Yet there's been little mention of how this regulation could harm individual Americans.