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Editorials

  • Centrist candidates

    While many on the left and the right will disagree, we submit that more than anything else, America needs a centrist leader. And while it might seem that the battlelines are being drawn elsewhere, the 2012 presidential election will likely be a contest between a centrist left incumbent and a centrist right challenger.

    And if we were going to put our money on any of the Republican Party candidates, we’d wager that Mitt Romney will be the challenger facing President Obama.

  • What’s owed

    San Miguel County officials are preparing another batch of liens against property owners who have run up thousands of dollars in unpaid trash collection bills. Last week, the finance department gave commissioners a list of 207 property owners who owe between $1,199 and $1,742 on accounts going back to mid-2003. Altogether, we’re told, the tab totals about $300,000.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 14, 2011
  • The east-side school tax

    Last week’s report on this year’s property tax assessments is a great big mixture of good news and bad news, especially for the east side of Las Vegas.

  • Recycling opportunity

    It’s unfortunate that all it takes is a few people to create a blight upon our community. Most citizens don’t litter, but the few who do create eyesores for everyone else.
    Fortunately, however, the opposite is also true. A relative handful of people can make the entire community look better — and in more ways than one. We venture to say that most Las Vegas residents don’t recycle,  but among those who do are some dedicated individuals working to make the task easier for everyone.

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  • Democracy goes to court

    It’s a flashback to 2001, when a judge had to decide redistricting then, too. Only this year it’s worse, because there’s even more disagreement this time around. And when the dust settles and the issue is resolved, once again the real winners will be the attorneys.

  • The PRC appointment

    Jerome Block Jr. finally did the right thing, even if it did take considerable pressure from the attorney general’s office to motivate him in that direction. The Public Regulation Commission member agreed to resign his position last week as part of a plea agreement for many of his irresponsible and illegal actions as a “public servant.”

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    THUMBS DOWN! HOT AND DRY. As summer officially wound down last week (as of last Friday, we’re in autumn), a National Weather Service meteorologist said we’re on track for 2011 being the driest year ever in New Mexico. And one of the hottest, with only the summer of 1980 being worse in the temps category.

  • Tackling bullying

    A recent Associated Press/MTV poll of youth in their teens and early 20s found that most of them — 56 percent — have been the target of some type of online taunting, harassment or bullying. Moreover, according to bullyingstatistics.org, last year about 160,000 children a day missed school out of fear of being bullied. And for many of them, when they weren’t being physically picked on at or near school, they were having to endure cyberbullying — something that can haunt a child day and night, and it’s on the rise.