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Editorials

  • Obama also to blame

    After a brief sigh of relief that an economic crisis of unprecedented proportions was averted, we turn our attention to the outcome. It looks bleak indeed.

  • Water planning

    It was an information-packed meeting Wednesday, when city officials and consultants presented their preliminary study and recommendations for Las Vegas to tackle its water problems.

    The bottom line: It’s going to cost. A lot.

    No surprise there. Everyone should know by now that the city is too heavily dependent on the Gallinas River for its water supply,  that our reservoirs are badly in need of repair, and that our water lines are leaking like sieves. No one said it would be cheap to address any of these problems.

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    THUMBS DOWN - INADEQUATE RESULTS. Nearly 87 percent of New Mexico’s schools — including all but two in San Miguel County, and just one in Mora County — failed to meet federal adequate-yearly-progress standards during the last school year. Such dismal results motivated the state Public Education Department to announce plans to replace the system, if the feds allow it, with a state plan to grade schools A through F instead of with the pass-or-fail approach currently being used.

  • Spanish Market

    Ronald Samuel Garcia, a self-taught santero, will be among a group of artists showcasing their work during this weekend’s 60th Traditional Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza.
    Garcia, a native of El Carmen in Mora County, will feature his New Mexican retablos, relief carvings and “Mora Style bultos,” carvings of religious figures.

  • Disturbing closure

    Las Vegas is not a rich town. Sure, some people here have deep pockets, but there are far more who endure unemployment and underemployment, which create poverty-level conditions and a host of problems that go with such desperate circumstances.

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    THUMBS DOWN - MEDIOCRE MONSOONS. Despite this week’s rain, the monsoon season has been a disappointment. We need much more moisture to offset dismally dry conditions.
    Meanwhile, other parts of the country are suffering from extreme temperatures, with heat indexes rising as high as 130 degrees in parts of the Midwest. While we’d like to believe that this is just one of those super-hot summers, we fear it’s the new normal. Earth may indeed have passed the “tipping point” toward global warming.

  • Taking a stand

    Las Vegas took a stand Sunday — against senseless vandalism, and even the hint of intolerance.

    Some 80 people turned out for a public meeting this past weekend to discuss the vandalism at the Montefiore and Masonic cemeteries that took place in late June. The Montefiore cemetery — a Jewish cemetery at the outskirts of the Masons’ — sustained the most damage, which led to speculation that the act was anti-Semitic.

  • Water into the future

    With the monsoon season slowly beginning to arrive, relief from this prolonged drought is in sight — but it will only be a little bit of relief. Las Vegas is at a low-water mark that won’t easily go away. The issue of an adequate supply will return again and again until we arrive at some long-range solutions.

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    THUMBS UP! GUBERNATORIAL ATTENTION. When 78 percent of the state is in “extreme or exceptional drought conditions,” as State Engineer John D’Antonio said last week, it’s flattering to see Gov. Susana Martinez give attention to Las Vegas’ water needs. But that’s just what she, and several other state and federal officials, did last week by attending a ceremonial groundbreaking and signing of a water purchase agreement to help the city with its dire water situation.

  • Playing with fire

    Picture a family up to its neck in debt, with the parents fighting over how to address the problem. We’ll say it’s the father who insists that all available resources be used to pay down the family debt, except that he refuses to sell his Lamborghini, even though that’s obviously the best way to raise the money needed. Meanwhile, the mother is insisting that her mother, who depends on them, needs to go to the doctor, even though it’ll cost.