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Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 23, 2014

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS DOWN! TAKING ON DRUNK DRIVING
Being guilty of driving under the influence is a serious matter, but when such becomes habitual, the guilty need to be taken off the road. State police arrested a 69-year-old man over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to the arresting officer, the man performed poorly in attempting field sobriety tests. True, we all realize, an arrest is not tantamount to being found guilty, but this man’s track record certainly isn’t enviable. We say, revoke all driving privileges and impose harsh punishments on those caught driving on a revoked license. One such incident is too many. Being charged for a sixth time makes a mockery of our laws.

THUMBS UP! ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BIKE RODEO
Members of the local Kiwanis Club rose early and stayed late to conduct their annual bike rodeo for youngsters. Kids learn young how to navigate around obstacles, how to look in every direction and other safety practices. And the helmets the Kiwanians provide, although extremely inexpensive, may help prevent serious injuries. Kiwanians are in their 23rd year of conducting this service and deserve the community’s thanks.

THUMBS UP! CONGRATULATIONS, ATHLETES
Youngsters are helping to keep Las Vegas on the athletic map. Nicholas Gurule of West Las Vegas, only a sophomore, is the state’s champion in the javelin, recording a throw of 161 feet, 8 inches, during competition last week at the University of New Mexico track and soccer complex. Last weekend, the Lady Cards earned fourth in softball in the state, and Joedy Quintana, of West Las Vegas, took first in the 100-meter dash. We’re proud of these stellar performances among our students.

THUMBS UP! THE DECISION IS IN YOUR HANDS
To all the candidates running in the June Primary, we say thank you. Running for office isn’t an easy task. It opens one up to scrutiny and criticism, but those who prevail can make a real difference. If you haven’t decided which candidate you want to vote for, check out the B-section of today’s Optic for our voter’s guide. And if you’re eligible to vote in this election, please do so.

AND WE QUOTE
“The media has made him out to be a bad person. He was struggling, but everyone struggles in their lives. I just can’t believe this happened.” — Agnes Lujan about her husband, Arcenio, who was shot and killed by state police officers earlier this month after he pointed a rifle at them.