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By Optic Editorial Board

EXCLUSIVE AND SECRET. The Las Vegas Fiesta Council recently sent out a letter stating, among other things, that it hasn’t kept its finances a secret from either its members or the city of Las Vegas. But it added that no one has requested the documents.
Despite its claim to openness, no one outside that exclusive group has apparently seen its detailed finances. There may be no problems at all with the council’s books, but the group’s secrecy has bred suspicion. The council has only itself to blame for that.

A GENUINE DESIRE. Residents are beginning to announce their intentions to run for seats on the two local school boards. We hope for competitive elections on both sides of the river.
But no one should run just to remove someone else. Nor should they enter the fray with the sole interest of athletics.
Rather, candidates should have a genuine desire to help improve academic performance in local schools. And they should inspire educators to seek out best practices. A good start would be to figure out how Union Elementary — in a very modest neighborhood — is consistently our top-performing local school.

A FINE RESTAURANT. The burning of Hatcha’s Restaurant in Mora was bad news. Employees lost their jobs as a result. In our opinion, the New Mexican food served there is some of the best in the area. There are Las Vegans who make the trip to Mora just to enjoy the cuisine at Hatcha’s. Let’s hope the owners can bring back this fine restaurant.

BIPARTISAN WISH. In a visit to town, Lieutenant Governor-elect John Sanchez urged people to put aside partisan differences, saying he was a “good Republican, but I’m a better New Mexican.” Amen to that. We hope both Democrats and Republicans follow that philosophy.

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“You basically would be banning wind development. I don’t think that’s what we as a county want to do.”

— Nicolas Leger, San Miguel County commissioner, who argued that a proposed three-mile required distance between homes and turbines is too far.