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Editorials

  • Credit the road crews

    It’s easy to take for granted the working men and women who keep the rest of us moving, but the crews that keep our highways and biways clear during bad winter weather deserve our recognition.

    When snow and ice coat our roadways, city and state crews go to work. The Optic feature in our weekend edition, on the state Department of Transportation’s District 4 work crews, should serve as a reminder of just how valuable their work is to us all.

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    THUMBS DOWN! EXACERBATING A TRAGEDY. Details regarding the deaths of two city employees just keep making things worse for the city. Immediately after Frank Romero, 49, and Gene Hern, 32, were killed when a trench collapsed on May 18, we learned that the 9.5-foot-deep trench hadn’t been properly reinforced. And now, through a Occupational Safety and Health Board report, we’re told two other employees expressed concern about the safety of the situation before the accident, but nothing was done.

  • Redistricting alternatives

    The goal of redistricting is to adjust boundaries to the population changes over the past decade so that they are approximately equal. It seems simple enough, until all the political interests get involved. Then it must go to trial.

    That’s what is occurring in New Mexico right now. District Judge James Hall is presiding over a trial this week in which Republicans, Democrats and minority groups are arguing for their own particular tilt in realigning the congressional district boundaries. Soon to follow will be other state redistricting issues.

  • Highlands’ mixed bag

    The latest Performance Effectiveness Report — a report card of sorts for the state’s universities — is a mixed bag of good news and bad news for Highlands University. It points to some things that the school is doing right, and to places where improvements need to occur.

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    THUMBS UP! ACCREDITATION. For the first time in the city’s history, the Las Vegas Police Department has earned an accredition from the state Law Enforcement Accredition Program. That means the city’s insurance premiums are likely to go down, but more importantly, it’s confirmation that we have a quality PD protecting and serving the citizenry.

  • Heroes of adoption

    As November comes to a conclusion, so goes National Adoption Month, a time to highlight the need for children and youth in foster care to find permanent homes with loving adults. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there are 107,000 young people in the U.S. waiting for such a home. A couple of weeks ago, however, there were six fewer kids in the system — thanks to the actions of a single man, an attorney in Farmington.

  • Mayoral standards

    Councilor Andrew Feldman’s decision not to run for Las Vegas mayor adds a new dimension to next year’s municipal election. Or, more precisely, it takes away a dimension, since the no-nonsense, intelligent Feldman would have been a real contender. And since Mayor Alfonso Ortiz continues to insist that he’s not running, it’s a wide open question as to who will lead this city in 2012.

  • Thanksgiving expressions

    Editor’s Note: A version of this editorial first appeared in 2010.

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It’s centered on a great American pastime, eating, and one of the better virtues of the human spirit — being appreciative for the blessings bestowed upon us. It also consists of long family weekends together, shopping, ball games, and relaxing with family and friends. All in all, this is a holiday that can be as hassle-free, or hassle-filled, as we choose to make it.

  • Never again

    With the five-year anniversary of one of the great tragedies of our community — an unspeakable tragedy for two Las Vegas families in particular — our thoughts turn to the victims, and to the heart-wrenching outcry: Never again.

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    THUMBS DOWN! POLITICAL WINDS SHIFT. Las Vegas City Council member Andrew Feldman is ready to hang it up. Fellow councilor Diane Moore is too. Neither will seek re-election next year, and Feldman, who announced last summer his intention to run for mayor, has decided not to run for that position either.