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Today's Opinions

  • Delighted with the fire station news

    I live on the edge of a very large forest. Therefore, fire is a very large priority, whether it be forest or house fire. I am delighted to learn from a recent Optic story that we will have a third fire station in this very large area. This station will be up in the Sapello Canyon, near San Ignacio.

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  • Necessary increases

    Anyone who has been keeping up with Las Vegas city politics knew a proposal to increase water rates was coming. It has been widely discussed since last year, when a preliminary engineering report recommended spending $120 million over the next 40 years on the city’s water system.

  • A genius like Norman Einstein

    Remember a few years back that a pair of human spell-checkers made the news for traipsing around the country making corrections to signs they believed contained errors? For their efforts, the language-fixers, Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, got banned from certain national parks.

    I wrote about this team who would arm themselves with Sharpies, erasers, adhesive tape and righteous indignation. They’ve faded from the news, but if they wanted an assistant, I’d try to join them.

  • School grades and GPAs

    New Mexico education officials have released their final scores for the 2011-2012 school year, gleaned from their new approach to evaluating school performance. For each school in the state, the Public Education Department has started tallying up points from five categories, then adding in bonus points where applicable to come up with a single A-through-F grade for each of the state’s school — thereby replacing Adequate Yearly Progress assessments that was previously being used as part of the federal No Child Left Behind initiative.

  • Editor's Note: Hog-wild for your vote

    Did you miss me?              

    I returned to work last week after several days in my native state of Arkansas, where we relaxed under a globally warmed summer sun, spent time with my dear ol’ pa and ma, and other family members and old friends, and traded in tamales for pork rinds.

    I tell you this as context for my participation in a fundraiser — and to solicit your vote.

  • Prolonged solitary confinement

    On Bridge Street, Amnesty International Group 463 recently joined supporters of the National Religious Campaign against Torture to engage passers-by in conversations about the use of prolonged solitary confinement.  Thus far, they have collected nearly 150 signatures on the Coalition’s nationwide petition to end its widespread use.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 13, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! THIS IS JUSTICE? We understand the outrage being felt in Las Vegas over the fact that Jay Quintana, the former Robertson High School teacher and coach, has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration of a minor and yet will face no jail time. Indeed, it’s difficult to see how justice is being imposed when Quintana is admitting to using his position as a role model and a teacher in the worst kind of way, then gets to walk away a free man.