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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 29, 2015

    THUMBS UP! COMING IN THIRD AT NATIONALS

  • Don’t drink and drive

    If you picked up a copy of Friday’s Optic, chances are you saw the ad purchased by Ray Collins.

    The ad shows the crumpled white minivan where five members of his family died after their vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver whose blood alcohol content was four times the legal limit. At the bottom of the ad is a family photograph of Renée Collins-Gonzales, 39, Paul Gonzales, 35, Selena Gonzales, 10, Jacqueline Gonzales, 11 and Alisha Garcia, 17, who died in the crash, and of Arissa Garcia, the sole survivor of the crash.

  • No special session

    It appears that the window for a special legislative session has come and gone, and that’s truly unfortunate, given what was at stake.

    Lawmakers adjourned the regular legislative session in March without approving a capital outlay package that would have provided more than $260 million in funding for capital improvement projects around the state. Entities in Las Vegas and San Miguel County were in line to receive more than $21 million in funding under one version of the capital outlay bill, while entities in Mora County were slated to get $255,000.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 22, 2015

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME BACK!
    The Las Vegas Train Robbers, opened their 2015 home baseball season this week with a game against the defending league champion Santa Fe Fuego. It’s unfortunate that this season, the Pecos League presented the Train Robbers with a truncated schedule, with only 10 home games. But that’s still an opportunity to watch some great baseball. Home games begin at 6 p.m., and the schedules are published in the Optic sports section.

  • Sentence inappropriate

    We‘ve generally shied away from criticizing decisions made by judges and juries, believing that those decisions deserve great deference. But every once in a while we’ll see something so egregious that we feel compelled to weigh in.

  • Overhaul Patriot Act

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from  The Free Press of Mankato, Minn.

    The Patriot Act was rushed through Congress 14 years ago amid the obvious fear following 9/11.

    Since then, particularly since Edward Snowden’s revelations of invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency, the wisdom of the Patriot Act’s sweeping authority for spy agencies has been looked at more soberly.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 15, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    Congratulations to Las Vegas resident Carroll L. Riley, an archeologist who received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 43rd annual Heritage Preservation Awards ceremony last week. Riley is considered a pioneer in his field. The 92-year-old is credited with establishing the contact between the Southwest and Mesoamerica. The award was bestowed by the state Cultural Properties Review Committee.

    THUMBS DOWN! AN ALARMING TREND

  • Time to clean up our city

    First impressions matter, whether we like it or not.

    Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent promoting Las Vegas and San Miguel County in hopes of drawing tourists here. It’s an important part of our economy, and one that none of us can afford to take for granted, given the fragile state of that economy.

    But what happens when tourists arrive in town only to be greeted by trash strewn all over our streets and parks? Or if they have the misfortune of driving behind a motorist who decides to throw trash out his window?

  • Our criminal justice system

    If you’re charged with a crime in this country, and you can’t afford to hire an attorney to represent you, the state is required to hire one for you.

    It’s so fundamental to the proper functioning of our criminal justice system that the right to an attorney is guaranteed in the constitution.

    Spending taxpayer dollars on criminal defense lawyers for people who are accused of breaking the law isn’t the most popular thing for elected officials to do. But it is the right thing to do.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 8, 2015

    THUMBS UP! RIO GALLINAS MOVES INTO NEW HOME