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Editorials

  • It wasn't a gaffe

    It seems as if the only time the word “gaffe” ever comes up in the media is during presidential elections every four years. With cameras ever-present, it’s natural for them to make a few public mistakes now and then.

    The media have made a big to-do about the verbal stumbles of both Barack Obama and John McCain — at the expense of coverage about their philosophies and positions on the issues. It’s a sad reality that sensation trumps substance just about any day of the week, especially on the presidential campaign trail.

  • A good approach

    The Las Vegas City Council deserves credit for hiring a third-party collection agency to help collect on past-due utility accounts. The firm will target 976 accounts, amounting to $256,000.

    This decision was at the prompting of Utilities Director George DuFour, who has been creative in his approach to his job since being hired late last year.

    If this collection effort works, as officials have pointed out, then the next goal should be to focus on unpaid fines in Municipal Court.

  • Let's hope board is right

    An elected body should think long and hard before it rejects the advice of its hired professionals. Ignoring that advice is exactly what the Mora school board did recently.

    Mora Superintendent Dora Romero said she had proposed that the district hire a third-party engineer for a planned multipurpose sports complex “in order to gain perspective as to what actually needs to be done in our situation.”

  • Shifting the paradigm

    When a self-described lifelong oilman, and a longtime Bush supporter to boot, steps up to lead the way in alternative energy production, you know the paradigm has shifted. The cynics, however, would point out that the reason is that there’s money to be made in wind and solar power. To which we would add, that’s a good thing.

  • Momentum with Obama

    In politics, you should never admit that you’re jealous of the other side. Recently, however, Americans have seen much envy in the GOP.

    Republicans obviously know that Democrat Barack Obama had a picture-perfect trip to the Middle East and Europe, showing that he can do just fine on the world stage. As such, they are accusing the presidential candidate of acting as if he were already the president. This ignores the fact that their own candidate, John McCain, goaded Obama into taking the trip.

  • Transparent budgeting

    Did you notice the additional coverage the Optic gave the city budget process this year? More than once it led the day’s news, even with less-than-flattering headlines expressing “rejection” and “concern.” But in the end the job was got done, and the budget was passed — looking about as good as one might hope for in a fiscally tight year.

  • Change and stability

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has changed most of the cast of characters at City Hall since taking office nearly four months ago. He immediately hired a new interim city manager and disbanded all city committees. Last month, he brought in a new permanent city manager and dismissed six of the city’s 10 department directors. Citizens voted him in on a change platform, and change they have received.

  • Thumbs

    UP thumb MISTAKE ADDRESSED PROPERLY. After revelations that the city violated its own ordinance by approving a Chamber of Commerce contract without running it by the Lodgers Tax Board — which had been disbanded earlier this year — the mayor and council took a step back to fix the mistake. A new board has now been named with able-bodied business people on it and the process can now move forward legally.

  • Change and stability

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has changed most of the cast of characters at City Hall since taking office nearly four months ago. He immediately hired a new interim city manager and disbanded all city committees. Last month, he brought in a new permanent city manager and dismissed six of the city’s 10 department directors. Citizens voted him in on a change platform, and change they have received.

  • Boomers, race and Vietnam

    Two issues have always haunted Baby Boomers: Vietnam and race. And while significant process has been made on the issue of race, the nation is still arguing over the lessons of the Vietnam War.

    That’s why Barack Obama has a chance to win the presidency even as the nation continues to debate the definition of patriotism.