• Audit delay proves costly

    Las Vegas City Schools has been trying to get caught up on its financial audits for years, and while there have been signs of progress in that time, the district just hasn’t been able to get the job done.

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  • Let’s keep area safe

    It’s difficult to look at the photograph of 19 young men, members of an Arizona Hotshot crew — some of its members only in their 20’s — without being saddened, without personalizing the fact that they died while trying to protect their neighbors’ property.

  • Equal rights for all

    The U.S. Supreme Court made history last week with a pair of decisions on same-sex marriage that left gay rights advocates celebrating.

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    The latest Kids Count survey has found that New Mexico, for the first time, has slipped to worst in the nation when it comes to child well-being. According to the survey, more than 30 percent of children in New Mexico were living in poverty in 2011 and nearly two-fifths had parents who lacked secure employment. The results of that report are sobering. Rather than pointing fingers at one another and trying to assign blame, we all need to roll up our sleeves and get to work on improving the situation for our kids. We owe them that much.

  • Repeal city ordinance

    There’s been much debate about whether the community rights ordinances approved by the Las Vegas City Council and Mora County Commission are lawful.

    Danelle Smith, a respected lawyer in Las Vegas and a former city attorney, weighed in on that issue earlier this month. Her conclusion is that the ordinance approved by the Council is “clearly unconstitutional” and “will cause major problems for the city of Las Vegas if (it) is ‘enacted’ into law.”

  • A painful necessity

    It’s no secret that Las Vegas City Schools has struggled with its finances for years.

    This past school year, the district implemented furloughs and even switched to a four-day school week to help balance its budget.

    Clearly, those half measures didn’t work, given that the district was facing a nearly $1.1 million deficit just a few months ago.

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  • Luna and nepotism

    Less than three years ago, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees approved a strict nepotism policy that prohibits the college from hiring a person who is related to a current board member, administrator or employee of the college, except in limited circumstances.

  • Kudos to local schools

    In this day and age when 30 percent of New Mexico’s children are experiencing hunger, it’s reassuring to see that school districts in Las Vegas, Mora and Pecos are stepping up to the plate and offering free meals to kids during the summer months.