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Editorials

  • ‘As one community’

    Members of the East and West school boards are to be commended for their comments last week in support of consolidating Las Vegas’ two school districts.

    Their words nudged the community toward a renewed discussion about what’s best for the city and its schools.

  • Tim Dodge’s evaluation

    We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen a performance evaluation process with more twists and turns than the one conducted recently for Las Vegas City Manager Tim Dodge. On one end of the spectrum, we have a mayor who saw no wrong in Dodge’s performance, while on the other end, one city councilor raised some valid concerns — but only in the press, after the evaluation process itself.

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    THUMBS UP! VETERANS DAY. On this day in which we honor our veterans, we’re also wrapping up our nearly decade-long “war” in Iraq. The president says our soldiers there should be home for the holidays. That’s cause for a great celebration, and the giving of sincere thanks. We’re happy for the service men and women who are returning home, and we’re grateful for your dedication to our nation.
    And for those who continue to serve, wherever you are, thanks to you as well. We are safer as a nation because of your best efforts.

  • 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
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    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.

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    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.