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Editorials

  • Unifying efforts

    Movers and shakers in Las Vegas and San Miguel County have known for years that one of the biggest obstacles to progress has been the community’s divisions. Las Vegas is known for pulling itself apart rather than putting itself together for a common purpose.

  • A call for decorum

    Last week’s Las Vegas City Council meeting ended with criticism from councilors Vince Howell and Tonita Gurule-Giron that city officials had been disrespectful to members of the public and that they had created a hostile environment.

    The two city councilors didn’t elaborate, but they were likely referring to the behavior of City Attorney Dave Romero and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz who, at several points during the council meeting, seemed to lose their cool and lash out at speakers and members of the audience.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 21, 2012

    THUMBS UP! Three decades of service. The United World College is celebrating 30 years of bringing the best and the brightest students to the campus. The college — the only such school in the United States — was founded by wealthy entrepreneur Armand Hammer in 1982 and counts Prince Charles among its distinguished patrons and visitors.

  • Afghanistan quagmire

    United States involvement in Afghanistan isn’t going as well as anyone would like — and there are no easy solutions.

    The U.S. is up to about 100,000 troops fighting in this, the longest war in American history. Here are the costs for the U.S. so far in this 11-year conflict: In June, the tally hit the 2,000 mark for the number of service men and women killed, while the number of Americans injured in combat is approaching 7,000. And according to the National Priorities Project (costofwar.com), the U.S. has spent nearly $600 billion on this war.

  • The center of it all

    Let’s see if we can look at the 2012 campaign for the presidency from a common sense point of view, because just sticking with the facts isn’t as easy as one might think.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 14, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! NINETY POUNDS AND CHILD ABUSE. Drive through Las Vegas once with no seat belt fastened, en route to see a sick uncle in Santa Fe (you say), and maybe a deputy will let you off with a warning. Drive through again, going the other way, and maybe the officer will get suspicious. And if you happen to be carrying about 90 pounds of marijuana, your trip might just come to an abrupt end here.

  • Waterless refuge

    The lead story in this month’s newsletter by the Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, La Voz del Refugio, sported an unsurprising headline: “Dry Times on the Refuge.” That’s obvious to anyone who has been out there this summer — the marshes are dry, the fields never really turned green and even the wildlife seems more scarce. It’s no secret that a couple of years of especially dry summers have taken their toll on everything around here, and the refuge is clearly no exception.

  • Work of Art - 92, and she’s ‘with it’

    Photographing Julia Martinez for the Optic’s Senior Profile feature last week convinced me that hers was by far the easiest interview I’ve helped writer Lupita Gonzales conduct.
    I simply go along for the photos; I let my colleague ask the tough questions.
    So what made it so easy? Probably our conviction that Mrs. Herman Martinez is extremely alert. Yes, she’s 92, but she’s much more “with it” than many people 30 years younger.

  • 9/11, divisions and unity

    Who doesn’t remember Sept. 11, 2001? Anyone old enough can recall where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the planes crashing into the two towers of the World Trade Center, then into the Pentagon, and finally and unintentionally into a secluded field in Pennsylvania. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor some six decades earlier, it was an infamous day — and a call to war.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 7, 2012

    THUMBS UP! NEW BUSINESS. It looks as if Las Vegas is going to get its first modern brewery. New Mexico Craft Brewing has been approved for the necessary licenses so it can make, distribute and sell its beer at 1212 Railroad Ave. Some 15 new jobs will be created, with manager Miguel Melendez saying the company’s goal is to “stay true to Las Vegas and to our area” by keeping its beer “as local as possible” — all the way down to local artists creating product labels that tell the story of this area.