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Today's Opinions

  • Publisher's Note: Vote on year's top stories

    Every year about this time, we begin sifting through the year’s Optics to select the biggest local stories of the year. I’ve always enjoyed this year-end chore, but this time around we’re going to do it differently.

    This year, you get to be the judge.

    Today, on Page B7, you’ll find a master list, compiled by copy editor Art Trujillo, of the big local stories covered by the Optic in 2009. I ask that you go through this list and rank the top 10 stories of the year.

    The rules for participation are simple:

  • Editorial: Don't shoot messenger

    We’re glad to see Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, present his side of the story involving the hospital’s relationship with the union that was voted in a couple years ago, but we’re sorry to see him fall into the trap of “blaming the messenger” for some of his troubles.

  • Letter: Powell concerned about land swap

    I am very concerned about the proposed state land office Whites Peak land exchange. Specifically, the integrity of the appraisal process needs to be looked at very closely and I would strongly recommend that the appraisals be verified by a second disinterested party.

    Also, I am told that land office commercial properties in the Sandia Science and Technology park and at Mesa del Sol in Albuquerque are being considered as part of this exchange. This is where the appraisals need to be very sound to protect the best interests of the trust.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs up ... TIMELY COMMUNICATION. Last week in this space we complained about the manner in which the East and West school districts announced their first snow day of the year. We urged a better approach so that parents, students and teachers would be able to know in a more timely fashion.

  • As It Is: Tell the good, bad and ugly

    Recently, the city of Las Vegas mailed its annual report to residents. This is part of Mayor Tony Marquez’s promise to keep residents updated on the city’s activities.

    I’m all for the city’s reporting to residents. The 16-page glossy booklet appeared professional and did a good job informing the rest of us about the city’s accomplishments.

  • Work of Art: An irregular rebellion

    Andy Rooney’s segment on “60 Minutes” Sunday evening made a point that’s become increasingly obvious: Few people write letters the way they used to.

    Rooney drew the patent conclusion that with e-mail almost instantaneous and almost free, the Postal Service receives less revenue because fewer people mail that way.

  • Editorial: A better runoff

    Surely every local voter knows that, here in Las Vegas, a candidate doesn’t need a majority to win an election. All that’s needed is more votes than any other candidate running for the same position. Consequently, majority rule doesn’t apply to our mayoral and council races — and much if not most of the time, the winner doesn’t get a majority.

  • Letter: CROP Walk another success

    I am delighted to report to you that CROP Hunger Walk Las Vegas raised $9812.85 this year and we had 150 walkers.  This means that our two local hunger relief agencies — The Samaritan House and the Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen — will each receive $1226.60 (one half of the 25 percent returned to Las Vegas for hunger relief efforts here).