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Editorials

  • Learning lessons

    We appreciated what Gary Gold had to say after accepting the position of president of the West Las Vegas Schools board. He and fellow board member Christine Ludi seemed to be excited over the prospect of having a united front when it comes to tackling the district’s problems — and for good reason, given the politics that swirled around the board in recent years.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWNS! UNACCEPTABLE. It’s probably no surprise to anyone who has repeatedly been to the Las Vegas transfer station that the city would be cited for deficiencies there. More often than not it’s been a mess — unnecessarily so, even for a transfer station.  

  • Great Vegas events

    Last year, the bottom almost fell out of a big mariachi conference for youth when, just three weeks before it was scheduled to begin, organizers discovered that Santa Fe would not be able to host the event. So Memorial Middle School band director Martin Sena, a skilled mariachi performer in his own right, volunteered to bring it all to Las Vegas. The result was a rousing success.

  • Let the DA prosecute

    As much as such delays are frustrating — it seems such a long, long time ago that the Jay Quintana case became a court case and even bigger news — it’s probably best to get all questionable or potentially questionable circumstances out of the way before the trial. It should help ensure that the proceedings are fair and just, and will withstand attempts to appeal a jury’s decision.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! HAPPY BIRTHDAY. It’s good to see the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps come around with the program still in place and running strong. Some 200,000 Americans, including more than 2,000 New Mexicans, have served in this matter in 139 countries over the years.

  • Middle East revolutions

    It seems so far away, but it’s closer than you might think — these revolutions that are breaking out in the Middle East. About a dozen nations in the region have endured mass protests in the last three months or so, many of which turned terribly violent.

    And while some regimes like Moammar Gaddafi’s in Libya are striking back brutally, the rebellions will likely continue into the months ahead.

  • Force the disclosures

    History may show that one of the worst U.S. Supreme Court decisions ever made occurred last year, when the high court ruled that the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 violated corporations’ and unions’ First Amendment rights. The ruling essentially gave these monied interests the same free-speech protections as afforded to individual citizens, thereby allowing unlimited amounts of money to flow into political advertising as a way to manipulate elections.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up! GREAT RECOGNITION. The West Las Vegas school district was honored at the State Capitol last week because four of its elementary schools were named among the top 20 schools in the state serving the needs of English language learners. The Don Cecilio Martinez, Tony Serna, Union and Valley elementary schools shared in West’s honor. The ceremony was part of the Bilingual Education Day at the State Legislature, and West was the only district to have four schools listed.

  • Let ‘em build

    We’re not convinced Allsup’s Convenience Stores Inc. can fully deliver on plans to build a new store at Grand Avenue and Seventh Street. But that’s not a good enough reason to stand in the way of the project.

  • Excuses, excuses

    State education officials revoked the licenses of 22 teachers last year, 13 of whom were accused of sexual misconduct, according to an Albuquerque Journal report last week. But since Jay Quintana isn’t on that list, one must wonder if there should be more.