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By The Staff

Thumbs UP for ... A CIVIL CAMPAIGN. This year’s municipal election campaign has been the most civil in years. No potshots. No last-minute charges. No malicious gossip. So far — and we hope it stays that way.

The candidates for Las Vegas mayor and City Council deserve credit for keeping this election season above-board.

Thumbs UP for ... MUNICIPAL DECISIONS. Interestingly, there’s evidence that the city may have some real races out there — particularly for mayor, where only one candidate filed to be on the ballot and his two challengers filed as write-in candidates.

So what’s going to happen? We’ll find out Tuesday, so don’t miss out on participating.


Thumbs DOWN for ... REPEAT OFFENDERS. In recent days, state police have arrested three repeat DWI offenders — one with seven, another with five and still another with four.

All three suspects had revoked licenses because of their previous DWIs, so it’s troubling to see them still on the streets.

To be sure, they’re presumed innocent until found guilty of their latest charges. Still, the state police are to be commended for their aggressive stance when it comes to DWI. They’re on the lookout.

Thumbs DOWN for ... SHOCKING NEWS. The city police are treating last week’s death of an 83-year-old woman as a possible homicide. Margaret Garcia died soon after she was taken to the hospital, because of what police describe as a violent incident.

Every homicide is a tragedy in our community, but it’s especially shocking to hear that someone allegedly attacked a woman this age. Have we no decency left?

Thumbs UP for ... ONLY THE BEGINNING? It appears that, in an effort to balance the state budget, lawmakers are prepared to take away money for projects in which state funds haven’t been spent — and here in Las Vegas and San Miguel County, the list is long. Nixed in the process are state funds for the Ribera school renovation into a community center; city water system improvements, including a diversion dam on the Gallinas River; a new roof at the police station; a new student center at Highlands University; municipal courthouse improvements; and more. All told, the funding losses total more than $2 million.

Unfortunately, this may only be the beginning. When lawmakers regroup next week in a special session to pass a budget, we can expect worse. In a government town such as Las Vegas, cutbacks in the state budget can be painful, and there’s plenty of reason to think that this year will be the worst in a long time.

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“When we go to ask for bucks, we should have a plan.”

— Las Vegas resident Alex Aragon, referring to the city’s likely loss of state money because it hasn’t been spent.