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How about these laws?

Although the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature is still eight months away, lawmakers have already begun to ask the dedicated and long-suffering lawyers at the Legislative Counsel Bureau to start drafting proposed laws.

EDITORIAL: Colorblind Harry Reid continues to divide

Harry Reid is the da Vinci of distraction. The moment any scandal, policy failure or political defeat crashes down on him — and there have been plenty the past few years — the Senate majority leader unleashes outrageous rhetoric that’s better suited for a sandbox than what once passed for the world’s greatest deliberative body. Worse, the Nevada Democrat has become especially fond of slinging race cards just to crank up the outrage.

EDITORIAL: Merit pay, incentives can help boost low-performing schools

The lack of “teacher equity” in education systems across the country — including the Clark County School District — is by design. School districts and teacher unions have long embraced contracts and policies that ensure a steady flow of exceptional, experienced teachers to stable, higher-achieveing, higher-income, less-violent campuses where parents are more involved. Meanwhile, lower-achieving, lower-income, more-violent schools with higher minority enrollment and less parental involvement serve as training grounds for the newly hired — and the last stops for poor teachers who should be fired.

EDITORIAL: Sage-grouse politics

The fate of a chicken-size bird carries huge economic and political stakes across the West. The sage grouse, long a threat to the thriving energy sector, is also a threat to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Science, law of no concern to Center for Biological Diversity

In Nevada today, a coalition of fringe environmental groups is trying to scare the public into banning hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which is an essential technology for developing more than 90 percent of the nation’s oil and natural gas wells. This proven technology has the potential to unlock significant energy resources, create jobs and generate much-needed tax revenue in Nevada.

EDITORIAL: Throwing book at kids

Spencer Collins is the kind of 9-year-old who’d make any parent proud. In the age of PlayStation and Xbox, he’s a voracious reader, a trait he attributes to his mother, an elementary school teacher. In fact, for Mother’s Day, Spencer, with help from his father and grandfather, built a small bookcase in his front yard, from which friends and neighbors could check out and share books — a gift his mom had said she wanted.