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Editorials

  • Historic? We’ll see

    The Las Vegas City Council adopted an ordinance last week that sets the stage for borrowing up to $25 million for water system improvements — a big step toward costly improvements to an infrastructure in need. Officials hailed the ordinance as a historic moment and a milestone, but that much remains to be seen.

  • Cleaning up our emissions

    Global warming. Climate change. Extreme weather. Call it what you want, just recognize it as an environmental upheaval of epic proportions. Earth and Humanity are moving toward the edge, and it doesn’t appear reversible given today’s political and economic paradigm.

    Forget the argument that all this is a hoax — the science, coupled with empirical observation is there, that the earth is indeed warming.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 23, 2012

    Looking for reasons for the season? Here are three gratuities gleaned from recent events in and around Las Vegas:

  • National thanks

    It’s that time of year in which we express our appreciation for what’s good in this world. Following are a few thanksgivings from our perspective on the nation.

  • Concede vote and negotiate

    Finally, a ruling in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s legal challenge to a 121-73 vote held five years ago in favor of a union for hospital employees — and the U.S. Court of Appeals decision is about as damning as they come.

    Just read this verbiage in the ruling in reference to “a blizzard of arguments” challenging the vote supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 16, 2012

    THUMBS UP! INTERNATIONAL DISPLAY. United World College isn’t the only place where you can find international diversity in the Las Vegas area. Take a look at Highlands University and last week’s Gathering of Nationalities event and you’ll see plenty of it.
    What a tremendous advantage our community has, to be able to count among us so many people from so many nations and cultures. Such diversity is an advantage — and something well worth celebrating.

  • Leaving no one behind

    When President Obama spoke on Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he spoke as if the United States never leaves any veteran behind. “We take care of our own,” he said more than once. It was inspirational rhetoric, but it’s not altogether true.

    On the battlefield, a soldier is taught: leave no one behind — it’s something they strive to do even though it’s not always possible. But when soldiers return home, far too often they are left to fend for themselves.

  • Looking over the ‘cliff’

    Now that the 2012 elections are history, President Obama and lawmakers in Washington must turn their attention back to governing.

    Looming on the immediate horizon is the Budget Control Act of 2011, AKA the “fiscal cliff” the nation faces beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 9, 2012

    THUMBS UP! FINALLY, IT’S OVER. In what goes down in history as the most expensive election in American history (at least until 2016), we breathe a sigh of relief that it’s finally over. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the total cost of the presidential and congressional campaigns jumped up 7 percent to nearly $5.8 billion, with about $2.5 billion going solely into the presidential campaign. One big reason for the increases: the superPACs.
    Not surprisingly, the previous record for campaign spending was in, you guessed it, 2008.

  • Eliminate the College

    Understand that this is being written before Tuesday’s election results, so we don’t know the outcome at the time of this writing. For all we know, one of them could have won the popular vote but not enough electoral votes, making his opponent the victor in a bifurcated election. It happens — see the 2000 election, when Al Gore won the popular vote and George W. Bush won the Electoral College.

    That’s what we want to write about on this day-after day — that antiquated relic of an 18th century solution called the Electoral College. We’d like to see it dissolved.