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Editorials

  • Striking a balance

    When it comes to filming in Las Vegas, there are a couple of interests to consider. One is what the movie-makers bring to town when they decide to shoot “on location” here. The crews can be enormous, and when they decide to stay here — eating at local establishments and sleeping in local accommodations — the monetary benefit for Las Vegas is significant.

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    THUMBS UP! CARS BACK ON THE LOT. It’s good to see the old Enchantment car lot at Seventh and Mountain View being used again.

    Lithia has opened up a late-model used car sales operation at that location, as well as a full service department, with hopes it can establish a new-car dealership there within the year. Here’s hoping for great success.

  • The campaign for literacy

    Congratulations to The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico for another successful event. Last week’s literacy fair — the third for Las Vegas in as many years — featured about 25 literacy-related booths, attracted more than 200 participants and was graced by the presence of the state’s First Gentleman, Chuck Franco.

  • Consolidation vs. division

    Gary Gold, chair of the West Las Vegas school board, is pushing the issue of consolidation in a responsible way. He’s taking it to his own school board.

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    THUMBS DOWN! TERRIBLE TIMING. We understand the need to resolve certain legalities, once and for all, regarding the city’s new charter, but now?  Las Vegas councilor Andrew Feldman said the more he studied the new charter, which was passed by a majority of voters in 2000, the more he grew concerned, so now he’s ready to challenge it in court.

  • City made a bad call

    It’s laudable that the city is willing to give a second chance to people who have gotten into trouble with the law. We all make mistakes, and we all deserve a chance at redemption.

    State law doesn’t allow the city to implement an all-out ban on the hiring of felons, and that’s a good thing. As City Manager Timothy Dodge points out, if you take away a person’s ability to make a living, what’s left but for that person to revert to crime?

  • Unusual cooperation

    Just when you think the rifts between Democrats and Republicans are too great for anything good to happen, here comes a bipartisan plan to revamp the New Mexico Senate district boundaries. District Judge James Hall approved the compromise plan last week, which had the support of Gov. Susana Martinez, some other Republicans, a group of Democrats and Native Americans.

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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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