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Editorials

  • 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

  • Impressive performance

    Congratulations to the faculty and staff at West Las Vegas’ Union Elementary for their school’s impressive performance on last school year’s standards based assessment.

    State report cards released late last week reveal that 72.9 percent of Union Elementary students scored proficient or better in reading, while 81.4 percent of its students scored proficient or better in math.

    Those rates far exceed the proficiency levels of all other Las Vegas-area schools, and it is certainly something worth celebrating.

  • We need to do better

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual child well-being report last week.

    The good news: New Mexico no longer ranks dead last in child well-being. The bad news: We’re now 49th in this year’s Kids Count Data Book, an annual national report that grades states on education, health care and poverty.
    While no longer being ranked last is definitely a step forward, ranking second worst among states in child well-being is certainly nothing to celebrate.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 25, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! A LACK OF PRIDE
    Many in our community were outraged that some lowlife would have the audacity to steal the spear from the beautiful warrior carving in Plaza Park that was recently completed. We can’t imagine that the spear is worth much, so whoever took it likely did it as a prank, and we’re here to tell you it’s not funny. The craftsman who created the carving spent countless hours on the project. For someone to spoil that by walking away with the spear is just plain wrong.

    THUMBS DOWN! A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH

  • We need answers

    It is troubling that a woman was able to walk away with her two children during a supervised visit at the local Children Youth and Families Department office.

    We have to believe that judges don’t strip a parent of custody without having good cause. If anything, judges tend to be reluctant to take that action unless they have proof that a child’s wellbeing is at risk.

  • Require higher GPA

    We are baffled by the criticism that erupts every time one of our state’s universities begins considering increasing its admission standards.
    Regents at New Mexico State University are planning to vote this week on raising the minimum grade point average from 2.5 to 2.75, effective for Fall 2016. Officials at the University of New Mexico are also talking about implementing a similar change there.