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EDITORIAL: Regulations due for a makeover

On Wednesday in Carson City, Assembly Bill 409 is expected to get its first hearing in the Legislature, before the Assembly’s Committee on Commerce and Labor. And if ever a bill were aptly numbered, AB409 is it — because Nevada’s occupational licensing regulations need some serious cleaning up.

Blood on the asphalt

It’s not exaggerating by too much to say Las Vegas streets and freeways are blood-soaked killing fields through which the Grim Reaper drunk-drives his Chevy Corvair while texting, eating lunch, changing the radio station and sharpening his scythe.

Full funding of UNLV med school an imperative

A few weeks ago, at Preview Las Vegas, we heard the good news that Nevada’s unemployment rate is down and our economy mostly has come back. Nonetheless, Southern Nevada is still woefully behind where it needs to be for long-term growth. Not only are we not keeping up with peer cities such as Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Orlando in terms of diverse and high-paying industry sectors, we are falling behind cities such as Omaha, Neb. — a metropolitan area less than half our size.

EDITORIAL: Kill ill-willed bill

When the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities introduced legislation to gut the state’s public records law and price out public access to government, the group wasn’t taking a rogue action that defied the will of the organization’s membership. Precisely the opposite was true. The league sponsored Senate Bill 28 because it had the explicit, full support of entities at every level of Nevada government.

No good reason to oppose charter school? Residents beg to differ

The 4,500 residents of Sun City MacDonald Ranch do not take a position on a project around our community without researching facts. We agree that a charter school project is worthwhile if in a location that would not be detrimental to the surrounding community. Your Feb. 27 editorial, “No good reason to oppose charter school,” contained false and misleading statements in an effort to convince city officials that the proposed school is a worthwhile project at this location.

One Senate bill targets violence against women

When I was in my early 20s, I was still getting my life together. I had only recently gathered the courage and the resources to leave an extremely abusive relationship. I didn’t know when I drove home from work one day that I would be badly beaten in broad daylight right outside of my apartment. I didn’t know that despite having a temporary protective order in place, I would become one of the three in 10 women who are beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. I didn’t know how lucky I was that a gun wasn’t around.

EDITORIAL: Congress should ax betting tax

Our representatives in Washington, D.C., rarely have trouble coming up with ways to extract more money from the people, which is then spent on more government. So it’s surprising — and downright laudable — when a lawmaker goes to bat not once, but twice to get a tax completely repealed and keep money in the hands of those who can put it to far better use.

EDITORIAL: Boulder City bypass

The Las Vegas Valley has seen its share of important road projects over the years. The beltway has brought immeasurable relief to drivers, as has the widening of U.S. Highway 95 from the Spaghetti Bowl north to Centennial Hills. Interstate 15 looks nothing like the highway that ran west of the Strip 20 years ago, and Project Neon will transform it even more.

EDITORIAL: Judge must order DA to release records

Government officials do not have the discretion to decide which documents are public records and which ones are confidential. They cannot reject a request for public records based on what they think the documents might be used for. They cannot set a cap on the number of records requests a party can submit. They do not have the latitude to reject some records requests because they complied with others. And they certainly can’t tell news organizations whether to report on government documents or when they must stop reporting on those public records.