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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Bridge, streets and trolleys

    When Las Vegas revelers greeted the arrival of the first train on July 4, 1879, their enthusiasm was confined to Railroad Avenue, unless they chose to ford the river to celebrate at a saloon or hotel on the west side — there was no bridge across the Gallinas.

    After Las Vegas was founded at the Old Town Plaza in 1835, the settlement expanded north, south and west, but not east, and there was no need for a bridge over the river. (The highlands and plains east of the river were used for grazing livestock and some dry farming.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Dec. 9, 2011

    The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press on medical marijuana (Dec. 2) — A formal federal recognition of marijuana as a prescription drug is the logical approach to the medical marijuana debate. The current state-by-state approach that challenges federal drug laws only invites confusion for doctors, patients, dispensaries and law enforcement agencies.

  • Redistricting alternatives

    The goal of redistricting is to adjust boundaries to the population changes over the past decade so that they are approximately equal. It seems simple enough, until all the political interests get involved. Then it must go to trial.

    That’s what is occurring in New Mexico right now. District Judge James Hall is presiding over a trial this week in which Republicans, Democrats and minority groups are arguing for their own particular tilt in realigning the congressional district boundaries. Soon to follow will be other state redistricting issues.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 7, 2011
  • Work of Art: Don’t know much about ...

    A new movie — one I haven’t yet seen, but plan to — is titled “Anonymous.” The subject is about doubts that the works of William Shakespeare — the 37 plays, many sonnets and poems — were written by someone else.

    Purposely, I haven’t delved into the reviews to avoid forming a strong premature opinion, but I will posit that those who say the man from Stratford-Upon-Avon was a fake, an imposter, generally aren’t literary types.

  • Highlands’ mixed bag

    The latest Performance Effectiveness Report — a report card of sorts for the state’s universities — is a mixed bag of good news and bad news for Highlands University. It points to some things that the school is doing right, and to places where improvements need to occur.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 5, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Perspectives

    Maybe it started with Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper,” the tale of a couple of look-alikes who inadvertently switched identities so that the prince became a pauper and the pauper a prince.