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Editorials

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    THUMBS UP! CLEAN ENERGY. A sea of solar panels, spread across, 50 acres has been constructed near Las Vegas — the latest of five PNM solar facilities to open across the state in the past year. At its peak the Las Vegas Solar Energy Center will produce enough energy to power about 7,000 homes and will offset about 44 million pounds of carbon dioxide — the equivalent to taking 4,500 cars off the road, according to PNM.

  • Benchmarks for progress

    The No Child Left Behind initiative, started in George W. Bush’s first term, had its strengths. It gave needed emphasis to the fact that every child, no matter how disadvantaged, deserves a good education, and that our public schools cannot leave behind a few for the sake of the many.

  • American dreamer

    This Optic editorial first appeared on Jan. 17, 2005.

    “...  I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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    IMPRESSIVE TURNOUT. Seventeen people filed on Tuesday for three Las Vegas municipal seats, making it the largest slate of candidates for so few openings at least in recent memory. Nine people filed to run for mayor — the first four-year term for that position, if the new charter holds up, while two filed for the Ward 2 council and six others for Ward 3.

  • Saving for a rainy day

    The forecast of “new money” appears to be motivating our lawmakers and governor to fall into an old habit of thinking about today but not tomorrow.

    After three years of revenue shortfalls, it appears that a slight economic rebound in New Mexico is likely to lead state government into some extra money. Some $254 million in additional revenue is projected for the state budget, and lawmakers are already proposing ways to spend it.

  • Municipal filings

    Tuesday is a big day for Las Vegas. It’s filing day for mayor and two city council seats. And judging by an undercurrent social media and “coffeeshop” talk around town, there will be a full slate of candidates running.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME TO THE CENTENNIAL. As of today, statehood in New Mexico is 100 years old! Over the coming year, the state will be celebrating this momentous occasion in a variety of ways — and we look forward to it all.

  • Ideology and voting

    Following a political doctrine can be a destructive path. Look what happened last summer, when some tea party Republicans placed their no-tax convictions above the national interest. The result was a stalemate over raising the debt ceiling until the 11th hour, which helped convince Standard & Poor’s that America’s AAA credit rating was no longer deserved — and, for the first time in history, the nation’s credit rating was lowered.

  • Hopes for the new year

    With a new year, hopes run high that things can and will get better. In that vein, we offer here some community wishes for Las Vegas in 2012.

    It would be nice to see moisture, all year long, but not so the city can become complacent in its efforts to develop a secure water supply — not just for today but 20 years down the road. Las Vegas needs other sources to offset its dependence on the Gallinas River, and it needs to stop the leaks in the dam and the pipes. In 2012, the city could take a big step forward, or backward, depending on its leadership at City Hall.

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    THUMBS UP! BETTER MEALS AT SCHOOL. We applaud the discussion taking place among Las Vegas City Schools board members to serve healthier meals to the district’s students. Gloria Lovato-Pacheco got the discussion going with her objection to a list of processed foods being purchased by the district. “I would like our students to have food that is fresh and made in our cafeterias,” she said. “I would like to serve food that looks like it would be served at home.”