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Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 27, 2013

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! A SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY
There’s been no shortage of generosity this holiday season. Las Vegas police went door to door delivering toys and food baskets in several neighborhoods last week. Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club distributed countless toys to children on its own. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Association also bought clothing and toys for needy children this year. And that’s just scratching the surface. We’re lucky to live in a community where people care about one another.

THUMBS UP! A GOOD PICK
Teresita Aguilar is no stranger to New Mexico; she was dean of graduate studies at the University of New Mexico prior to going to work at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. That, coupled with the fact that she is a first generation college graduate herself, makes her a great candidate for the New Mexico Highlands University provost post. She starts her new job in January. She replaces Gilbert Rivera who has played a key role in bringing stability back to Highlands.

THUMBS UP! PRODDING BRINGS RESULTS
It was a matter of only a few days after we prodded city officials about the absence of the traditional Christmas tree before one appeared, to brighten up the corner of Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue. Such trees generally come from the generosity of private citizens. This year’s tree came from the Gascon area property of Editha Bartley. Locals are thankful for the spirit and generosity of such people.

THUMBS UP! LET THE PARADE CONTINUE
Despite the cold, a large number of people came out to watch the annual Electric Light Parade through downtown Las Vegas. We’ve long contended that having marching bands in parades is like the icing on the cake. This year there were two marching bands, and in past years, even the Moriarty High School marching band has performed here. People seemed pleased by the array of floats, this year, but some also wondered about the unexpected “intermission.” One account said the parade flowed smoothly for a few minutes but was then delayed long enough for some spectators to assume the parade had ended. In the future, let’s make sure all units are lined up and ready to go.

AND WE QUOTE
“It is a positive connection when we deliver the gifts. They get to see us in a whole different light.” — Las Vegas police Sgt. Michael Lopez, referring to the gifts that city police distributed to children around the community.