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Today's Opinions

  • A ‘smell’ that won’t go away

    State District Judge Eugenio Mathis made an outstanding call last week when he ruled in favor of Rock Ulibarri in a case involving a pending election of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative. The judge was bold and decisive in his use of the law to right a wrong that otherwise would have usurped a democratic process.

    Unfortunately, however, the process is still at risk of being usurped, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 16, 2012
  • Work of Art - Election reaches new heights

    An article in the New Yorker once told of competition among purveyors of steaks along the tollways.

    My first experience with tollways — long before the Interstate network developed — was getting on the Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma, which in those days, the ‘60s, was the only way to drive across the state in less than a week.

  • Slow down on the 4 days

    Moving to a four-day classroom schedule in the Las Vegas City School District is an easy sale to most students — they’d love to enjoy a three-day weekend. Moreover, we suspect that most teachers also like the idea, since it would give them a day for training, planning and collaborating.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 14, 2012
  • Editor's Note - School daze in May

    May is always a crazy month. The end of a school year can come at a dizzying speed for a lot of people.

    Now comes a big question about how best to shape the 2012-13 school year in the Las Vegas City Schools district.

    Of course I’m talking about East Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s proposal to move the district from a five-day-a-week classroom schedule to four days, with Fridays set aside for teachers to improve their skills and some miscellaneous student activities, including tutoring and various extracurricular activities.

  • ‘Divisive’ is needed

    I beg to differ with Tom McDonald’s post-election column portraying Tonita Gurule-Giron as divisive. I would like to ask Mr. McDonald, according to who’s criteria?

    If Tonita was so divisive, how could she have managed to convince over 1,000 voters to unite in support of her? Does this mean that those who voted for her are divisive also? If anything, Tonita has divided us from those who think less of their fellow Las Vegans and from those who want to make Las Vegas another Aspen, Taos, Santa Fe, etc.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 11, 2012

    THUMBS UP! NO CLOSINGS. Good news for Holman, Villanueva and thousands of other rural communities across the nation — the U.S. Postal Service has scrapped its plan to close about 3,700 post offices, instead opting to cut hours instead.