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Editorials

  • Paying the consequences

    Last week’s determination by the state Occupational Health and Safety Bureau regarding the fatal deaths of Las Vegas city employees Frank Romero and Gene Hern should not be a surprise. Central to OHSB’s accusations is that that was no shoring along the edges of the deep trench — something that a union representative pointed out the day the tragedy occurred.

  • Water now, water later

    Last week, the Las Vegas Optic published the final installment of a six-part series on water. Written by managing editor Martín Salazar, the series focused on the city’s effort to address perennial problems with the collection, storage, treatment and distribution of our water supply.

    Within this body of work, this much stands out as crystal clear and critically important:

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 7, 2011
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up! SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS. Refinancing a bank loan to buy additional property can be a good deal, but in the case of the Highlands University Foundation, it was even better because it freed up more than $120,000 a year in student scholarship money. The foundation bought 1.25 acres of prime real estate next to its Rio Rancho campus, and in doing so, struck a favorable financing deal with the Bank of Las Vegas.

  • Fighting the violence

    Las Vegas has endured a too-high homicide rate in recent years — comparable per capita to such troubled cities as Detroit. Still, such incidents seem far away for many of us who remain seemingly insulated from such violence.

    However, an attack last summer, retold in an article last week, brings this city’s crime rate even closer to home. It’s a bleak reminder of how fast someone’s life can be changed by the violent actions of another.

  • Have a safe Halloween

    It’s that time again — a single evening of fun for the whole family, a night of trick-or-treating and handing out candy to cute little kids and older people who, at least for one night, just don’t want to be grown up.

    It’s a great tradition — one that shouldn’t be cut short by an unnecessary accident.

    Here are two words to keep in mind as you and your children enjoy the evening: supervision and observation.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! RECYCLING PROGRESS. The city of Las Vegas is about to play host to two collection points for the countywide recycling program. One will be at the corner of Hot Springs Boulevard and Mills Avenue; the other at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center at 1751 North Grand Ave. The sites will be fenced and city officials are determined to keep the area clean.

  • Another great benefit

    It’s common knowledge, at least in our line of work, that no event becomes an “annual” affair until its second year. So that in itself is cause to celebrate this year’s second annual Mayor’s Charity Ball.

  • Ground the flight plan

    Last week’s Las Vegas community forum sponsored by the U.S. Air Force drove a few points home — and hopefully our nation’s military leaders took notice. More than that, they should realize the consequences to ignoring such an outcry.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! THE PEOPLE SPOKE ... The U.S. Air Force plan to conduct low-attitude training flights over an area that includes San Miguel and Mora counties drew a full crowd Tuesday to Kennedy Hall on the Highlands University campus. About 150 people attended the public forum, dozens spoke against it and no one spoke in favor of the plan.