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By The Staff

thumb DOWN for ... HAVE WE LEARNED ANYTHING? On this day eight years ago, the world changed. That single day pushed this nation into a war against terrorism, and for a brief moment in time, we were united. No more — now it seems Americans are even more polarized than we were before the attacks. And that’s a crying shame.

Still, on this day we need to remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and pray that their tragic passing is not in vain.

thumb UP for ... TALKING ABOUT DIVISIONS. Las Vegas Councilman Morris Madrid gave a good speech Wednesday about our divided town, listing five significant divisions that keep us apart: old vs. young; Anglo and Hispanic; well-educated vs. under-educated; East vs. West; and Republican vs. Democrat. Using the unity Americans felt on Sept. 12, 2001, as a illustration, he implored Las Vegas to come together rather than allow these divisions to continue to pull us apart.

Well said, and full of meaning for our divided city. We’re glad he said it, and thankful that he recognizes that these divisions won’t disappear without exposure. We as a community must face that which divides us before we can overcome them. By pointing out some of the divisions, Madrid opened the door for a honest and constructive dialogue — if only it will happen.

thumb UP for ... BRIGHT BLUES. In what its organizers consider to be the first of many to come, the Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival played to a good crowd Sunday in Las Vegas’ restored King Stadium. And a good time was had by all.

Thanks to Casa de Cultura and Miguel Angel and Georgina Ortega for putting on such a great event. Keep ‘em coming!

thumb DOWN for ... A LIFETIME UP IN SMOKE. Thank God everybody got out OK, but still it’s a tragedy of significant proportions. After 52 years of living in her home on Commerce Street, Amalia Montaño, 89, lost everything to an early morning fire Monday.

This is a woman who opened her home up to a hundred or more people through the years, one of her grandsons told the Optic. So it’s a loss for many. Now it’s time for her family and the community to step up and take care of her.

thumb UP for ... PARKING RESOLUTION. It was a long time in coming, culminating in a City Council discussion that looped around every conceivable issue that relates to the central issue — parking around Robertson High School. But it appears that the issue is finally being adequately addressed.

After some hard work by city and school staff — particularly Deputy Chief Christian Montaño and RHS Principal Eddie King — a solution has been reached. Sure, where the vendors can park remains an open question, but we’re confident that will be resolved soon.

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“There is a lot missing. If you’re going to release e-mails, release them all — the ones he wrote, too.”

— Council member Andrew Feldman, regarding city e-mails released following an Attorney General opinion that they are public records. Feldman has questioned whether Mayor Tony Marquez was selective in the e-mails he turned over to the Optic.