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EDITORIAL: Scholars of merit

The National Merit Scholarship Program honors the top 1 percent of the country’s high school seniors, based on their PSAT scores. The Clark County School District’s Class of 2014 had 38 semifinalists, and 14 of them go to Clark High School.

EDITORIAL: Speaking of scholars …

If earning ridiculously competitive scholastic recognition is your thing, try becoming a Rhodes Scholar. To win two or three years of study at England’s Oxford University, all expenses paid, you have to be one of the very best students at your college. This year, just 857 applications were endorsed by 327 colleges and universities, and only 32 Americans were selected to enroll at Oxford next fall.

Shield law upheld!

If nothing else, the legal assault mounted against journalist Dana Gentry was notable for its audaciousness.

A deal to improve medical education

The recent announcement that higher education leaders have signed a major agreement calling for an expansion of the University of Nevada School of Medicine has generated considerable discussion and some controversy.

Valid reasons to oppose Internet gambling

Howard Stutz’s Nov. 24 column (“Look out, Net bets, Adelson’s after you”) employed a medieval practice used to avoid confronting unpopular positions. When you can’t defend the message, attack the messenger.

EDITORIAL: Subsidized jobs

Nevada’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 9.3 percent. In Southern Nevada, the rate is 9.4 percent, with more than 92,000 people looking for work. Although the region clearly is through the worst of the economic downturn, with home values rising and taxable sales steadily increasing, its job market is still among the most discouraging in the country.

EDITORIAL: Ethics and accountability

If violations of state ethics laws are never punished, what’s the point in having ethics laws? If violators can cut deals before an ethics investigation even starts, why have an Ethics Commission?