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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 22, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! FAILING TO PAY TAXES

  • Trash City, USA

    Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. Unsightly litter is nothing new in the city of Las Vegas or in San Miguel County.

    Take a short drive and chances are you’ll come across a discarded pile of trash, a mattress or even a couch tossed on the side of the road somewhere.

    But some callous scofflaw has taken the nasty behavior to a new low, discarding more than two dozen used syringes by the side of the road near Porkchop Hill.

  • Locking out the public

    New Mexico’s largest school district is parting ways with its superintendent, but neither side is saying why.

    The Albuquerque Public Schools Board voted unanimously Friday to accept Winston Brooks’ resignation, despite the fact that he still has two years left on his contract.

    Unfortunately the settlement agreement entered into by Brooks and the district shortchanges New Mexico taxpayers.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 15, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!

  • Make work mandatory

    The food stamp program is an important safety net aimed at ensuring that those who are down on their luck don’t go hungry.

    According to an Associated Press story published in last Wednesday’s Optic, 420,000 New Mexicans receive food stamps, with roughly half of them being children. The average benefit is $265 a month, which really isn’t a lot considering the cost of food these days.

  • Support for open primaries

    It appears that reason is finally beginning to prevail on the issue of closed primaries in this state.

    You may recall that back in June a lawsuit was filed challenging the current system, in which only registered Democrats and Republicans are allowed to vote in state primaries. Albuquerque lawyers David Crum and J. Edward Hollington are arguing that New Mexico’s primary election system is unconstitutional because it denies the basic right to vote to a large number of voters in our state.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 8, 2014

    THUMBS UP! ANOTHER HILARIOUS SHOW
    They’ve done it again! Over the Edge VII, a presentation by the Las Vegas Community Theatre Collective, entertained audiences with their latest capers taking pot shots (pun intended) at pharmaceutical shenanigans as well as local foibles. Capacity crowds hooted at the sometimes-not-so-hidden references to our community! Good job, folks!

    THUMBS UP! A WET SUMMER

  • Lawsuit is right move

    This newspaper first reported about water taps in the Gene “Geno” Maes subdivision near Zeamway and Airport Road in July 2011. At the time, the City Council was being asked to approve an extension of a city water line to Airport Road to boost fire protection for the northeast part of the city, improve water quality and to service the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station.

  • Editorial: Celebrating rich history

    We are fortunate to live in a place filled with historic homes and buildings.

    Drive down Seventh or Eighth Street, and you’ll see an array of gorgeous Victorian homes that were built by wealthy merchants and other well-to-do residents at the turn of the last century. Go down Douglas Avenue, Bridge Street or around the Plaza, and you’ll see a wide mix of architectural styles that document the rich history of Las Vegas. A stone’s throw away from the Plaza is South Pacific, where modest adobe structures have stood for more than a century.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 1, 2014

    THUMBS UP! A SUCCESSFUL RALLY
    The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally has come and gone, but fortunately the economic benefits of the event will linger on. Motorcyclists spent lots of money this past weekend at local hotels and motels, restaurants, gas stations and assorted other benefits. That spending helps boost our economy. To those who spent countless hours organizing the rally, we thank you.

    THUMBS UP! A WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE