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Editorials

  • Expungement a bad idea

    In a perfect world, anyone who commits a crime and is arrested would be convicted and end up behind bars if the crime is serious enough.

    It goes without saying that we don’t live in a perfect world.

    Our country’s founding fathers set up a criminal justice system in which prosecutors must prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order for that individual to be convicted of a crime. And that’s exactly as it should be. As the saying goes, it’s better that 10 guilty men go free than that one innocent man be convicted.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 26, 2014

    THUMBS UP! RHS-ST. MIKE’S RIVALRY IS HUGE   
    When rivals Robertson High School Cardinals and the Santa Fe St. Michael’s Horsemen meet in football, the object isn’t just to win but to win big. Each team dreams of holding the other team scoreless, in what might have become the big rivalry in Class 4A football. The Cardinals won big, holding the Horsemen scoreless. But let’s not over-celebrate, as the Capital City crew is vowing revenge, perhaps down the line during tournament time.

    THUMBS UP! HU GAME WAS RECORD-SETTER

  • Editorial: Time to study police pay

    The Las Vegas Police Officers Association minced no words last week during the public input portion of the City Council meeting.

    The message, delivered by officer Adam Vigil: “Over the past several years the LVPOA has been working towards helping its members to achieve a rate of pay which will enable them to better afford the cost of living in our city. The truth of the matter is we are constantly losing officers to other agencies which have put public safety at the top of their priority list.”

  • An incredible summer

    With summer officially drawing to a close this week, it was fitting that the final weekend of the season would feature a classic car show at Fort Union Drive-In paired with showings of “Grease” and “Cantinflas.”

    Fitting because the summer of 2014 ended up being packed with fun things to do in Las Vegas and the surrounding area, events that gave locals an excuse to explore their own city, and tourists a reason to come to the Meadow City. The Fort Union event marked the 57th birthday of the classic 1957 vehicles.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 19, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! BREAK-INS AT SCHOOLS, SENIOR CENTER
    Las Vegas police suspect three juveniles of breaking into the Las Vegas Senior Center,  two West Las Vegas schools and vehicles earlier this month. The buildings were then vandalized, resulting in more than $1,000 in damage. The cases are being handed over to the Juvenile Probation Office. Let’s hope that those responsible are held accountable and that they learn that it’s not OK to break into a building and vandalize it.

  • Learning from tragedy

    Seventeen months have past since two girls were killed in an alcohol-related rollover on Interstate 25 near Tecolote, but the devastation remains.

  • Poorly handled

    Conflicts in sports schedules are nothing new this time of year.

    They happen frequently, and, unfortunately, homecoming activities are no exception to that rule.

    That’s why the on-again, off-again shuffling of homecoming activities at West Las Vegas High School was so bizarre and had some in this community pointing fingers at West Board member Gary Gold.

    In case you missed the controversy, here’s the short version.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 12, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! FARMERS MARKET UNREST

  • A broken system

    Once again immigration reform has been pushed to the back burner, this time by President Barack Obama, who announced on Meet the Press over the weekend that he will wait until after the November midterm elections to take up the issue.

    Previously, Obama had threatened to issue an executive order by summer’s end if Congress failed to take up the matter.

    Now the Obama administration is pledging to act before the end of the year.

    We’re not holding our breath.

  • High court must step in

    Several religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it’s constitutional for states to outlaw gay marriage.

    The Mormon church joined The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics & Religious Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the friend-of-the-court brief asking the nation’s highest court to hear Utah’s marriage case, according to The Associated Press.