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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Vote according to God’s law

    First, let’s set the stage with an excerpt from “The Manhattan Declaration,” which was developed by a group of prominent clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars of (many Christian) faiths:
    “Therefore, let it be known that we will not comply with any edict that compels us or the institutions we lead to participate in or facilitate abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide, euthanasia, or any other act that violates the principle of the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every member of the human family.

  • Mismanaging phone funds

    In the case of the Forgotten Phone System, that $1.2 million purchase in the West Las Vegas School District that must have sat hidden away in some bubble-wrap for about three years, there’s a lot to be concerned about, and plenty of questions that still need addressing. We hope school board members are digging away right now, trying to come up with answers soon.

  • Labor Day and politics

    Officially, today is Labor Day, but unofficially it’s the kickoff to the fall campaign, when candidates hit the home stretch. Let’s see if we can tie the two together.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 31, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! LOSING A BIG FOOTPRINT. Neil Armstrong was mission commander of Apollo 11 in July 1969 when he became the first person to walk on the moon. His death last weekend at age 82 reminds us of a time when the United States could dream big and act out those dreams.
    Armstrong was an example of the greatness that’s part of our national DNA. He made us proud, and he will be missed.

  • Hedging their bets

    Let’s be clear on this: The proposed water rate increases are high because a large influx of revenue is needed. Las Vegas needs millions of additional dollars to address some pressing water system needs. If not, the “what-ifs” could determine the city’s future.

    Here are a couple of those what-ifs — worst-case scenarios that might still be preventable, if only the city had the money: