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Nevada does not need circus-like Assembly

The Founding Fathers didn’t have partisan caucuses when they gathered in Philadelphia in 1776. Neither did Nevada’s first lawmakers when they met in Carson City 150 years ago and started the Silver State.

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers can’t waste time on Gorman gripes

Assemblyman Harvey Munford’s bill draft request to boot Bishop Gorman High School’s sports teams from state playoffs is a terrible idea. Not only is the proposed legislation bad policy, it’s an overreach indicative of the poor prioritization that has plagued previous Nevada Legislatures.

EDITORIAL: Pay more for less?

If the 2015 Legislature wants to reward nonperformance, then by all means lawmakers should boost the budget of the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline.

EDITORIAL: More Keystone stonewalling from president

The Keystone XL pipeline appears dead for the duration of Barack Obama’s presidency. After dancing around the topic and delaying any sort of action on the project for years, the president provided a concrete position during his year-end White House news conference on Dec. 19, saying that Keystone XL would provide “not even a nominal benefit” to U.S. consumers.

EDITORIAL: Congress could stand to repeal many laws

John Adams held dear the belief that our nation should possess “a government of laws and not of men.” Mr. Adams shared Aristotle’s belief that “law should govern,” and wrote that “it is the duty of the people, therefore, in framing a constitution of government, to provide for an equitable mode of making laws, as well as for an impartial interpretation and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them.”

New Year’s resolution: question junk science

Science has come a long way from the days when we believed the universe revolved around the Earth, lobotomies were the best treatment for depression and germs didn’t exist. But while you probably won’t read any studies of alchemy or bloodletting in respected scientific journals, it doesn’t mean the days of publishing inaccurate and misleading research are behind us. In fact, 2014 was a banner year for the promotion of some pretty dubious and downright silly research.

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