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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t roll back energy standards

    The Construction Industries Commission is proposing to roll back energy efficiency standards for new homes and commercial buildings that were adopted last year, before Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office. The rollback proposal carries out the recommendation of Martinez’s Small Business-Friendly Task Force.

  • ‘Icy’ sign needed at El Corte curve

    El Corte (“the cut”) is the mote/nickname many people use for this curve on Interstate 25 just four miles south of Las Vegas. A mountain cut made on I-25 left a tall portion on the southeast side and every winter from October through March the roadway here is in the shade even on sunny days. The result is that any moisture is likely to remain frozen in the curve when the rest of the highway is dry and safe.

  • Nuestra Historia - El Distrito de las Escuelas: The Jesuits

    In September 1874, five years after the arrival of the Sisters of Loretto, an order of Italian Jesuits from Naples came to  Las Vegas and established a private school for boys.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - Gettysburg of the West

    “If I owned Texas and Hell, I’d rent out Texas and live in Hell.”
    — Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan

    The Battle of Glorieta was not called the Gettysburg of the West because of the large number of casualties. It was compared to the Battle of Gettysburg because it just may have determined the outcome of the Civil War.

    Had the Confederates from Texas reached California, they would have had an entire coastline of blockade-free ports and all the gold they needed to finance their army.

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star on ethanol energy policy (June 6) —  If Congress ever gets around to making the sort of spending cuts needed to put the country's finances on a sustainable path, the ethanol industry justifiably will be required to do its share.

    As critics have pointed out, the industry currently enjoys a rare trifecta of government support. It’s subsidized. Its use is mandated. It’s protected from foreign competition.

  • Lessons yet to learn

    As the murals go up celebrating The People’s History of El Norte, it’s hard to imagine a better guest for the occasion than Reies Lopez Tijerina, a dynamic leader of the Chicano Movement during the second half of last century. His personal history coincides with “the people’s history” in a way that gives added meaning to the day’s events.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 8, 2011
  • Work of Art: Let’s do the Jeffersonian Rock

    My favorite dance — there can be no doubt — is the Elevator Dance. It has no steps. And the second favorite, a bit more complicated, is the Y- Dance. The idea here is to escort an attractive woman to the middle of the dance floor, put your arms around her and ... Y Dance?

    Any attempt at fancy footwork on my part might lead to an appearance on Dancing to the Stares, as my tripping would be more fantastic than light.

    Let me explain: