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Today's News

  • LETTER: A psychology of prosperity

    Let us start thinking about how we are going to become debt free. Let’s start feeling good about accomplishing our goals. That is the psychology of economic prosperity. The more we are committed to our goal of economic prosperity — that’s what your going to get more of.

    If you doubt me, check it out with your friends and neighbors that are enjoying economic prosperity. If all we do is feel really bad because of all the debt we have — that’s what we are going to get more of.

  • LETTER: Seeking support for PT schedule

    A few of my classmates and friends would love to go into cosmetology. Luna Community College has a lot to offer for students willing to learn. But, they are unable to fulfill their dreams because of the hours the classes are taking place.

    A student must be there from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with few breaks in between lessons. The program is not broken down into classes and students cannot attend this program part time.

  • West works to clean up school

    Classrooms at West Las Vegas Middle School are being cleaned after a sewage backup affected a large portion of the west wing of the school.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu said classes would be held Monday, but the affected area will be undergoing a major cleanup for at least another three weeks by an Albuquerque company that specializes in cleaning flooded-out areas. He said students whose classrooms are in that area of the building would be moved to other classrooms at the school.

  • LETTER: Understanding the news business

    Regarding last Friday’s letter about negative reporting:

    Our Las Vegas Optic does a fine job of finding and reporting the community news:  Issues of safety, community events, celebrations, expenditures and other public interests are all served. The newspaper serves as the public interest watchdog by being as factual as possible. Reporting all sides of a story sustains objectivity. These are all positive contributions.

  • LETTER: Two of three ran good races

    On behalf of the honest voters of Las Vegas, I would like to congratulate Tommy Ortiz and Marsha Archuleta for a job well done. Working very hard and having sincere support does pay off even though the victory was in the hands of Tony “Vadez.”

    Tony who was appointed in the last term, had to work hard this time around or not. Could it have been the Luna Community College board members helped Tony only because he is the yes puppet (agreeing with board members’ decisions) to continue his term?

  • About compost tea

    Hang out in organic gardening circles or read the publications and you will soon hear the high praises of compost tea. In its simplest form, compost tea is simply water in which a scoop of mature compost has been added and allowed to set. I have often wondered what the great benefit of this is — after all, the nutrients in the tea are just the nutrients in the compost, dissolved to facilitate rapid uptake by plants.

    It turns out though, that the real deal is something more robust, with a different purpose. Properly brewed compost tea is a microbial innoculant.

  • Luna sees another drop in enrollment

    Luna Community College’s enrollment has dipped again, and members of the school’s Board of Trustees want to know why.

    Luna had 2,113 students enrolled in the fall of 2007, but that number decreased to 1,959 last fall — a 7.3 percent drop.

    The fall enrollment is critical because the state bases its funding for community colleges on such numbers.

    Since 2003, Luna’s enrollment had been going up and down, reaching a high of 2,183 in 2005.

  • COLUMN: A thorough thumping

    Last week, the voters had a clear message for Luna Community College: They’ve lost confidence in its leadership.

    Just 17 percent of voters — and less than 10 percent in Las Vegas itself — approved a tax increase that would have meant a $52 annual property tax hike for the owner of a $100,000 house. If the tax had passed, it would have paid for new buildings and capital improvements for Luna.

    That’s an undeniable thumping. So why did it happen?

  • EDITORIAL: Rush to destruction

    We hope the national Republican Party is not so desperate as to actually follow the lead of radio talk show entertainer Rush Limbaugh. If they are, and if they do, they will turn into little more than a fringe party, and the Democrats will become the only party with any clout in Washington. And that would be a bad thing.

    Limbaugh’s diatribes are what’s wrong with the GOP, not what’s right. Creating a more moderate party, filled with patriots like John McCain, is still the better way to go.

  • EDITORIAL: A vote of no confidence

    There are a lot of ways to interpret last week’s Luna Community College elections, but one thing is clear: It certainly wasn’t a vote of confidence. The 83 percent voter opposition to Luna’s proposed tax increase drives that point home very well.