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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... STILL NO REASON GIVEN. An agenda item to reconsider the termination of Jim Abreu’s contract as superintendent of the West Las Vegas School District was defeated this week before it even came up. Board member David Romero moved for its removal from the agenda and, just like last month’s action to dismiss him, no real reasons were given.

    Still, the public is left in the dark.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    I would like to thank my children and grandchildren for the wonderful surprise retirement party given on March 20. I would also like to thank all who attended, family, friends and co-workers, for making it so memorable. I would like to thank Florian Castillo and his band for the great music.

    Thanks to my children: Kathy, Valorie, Toni, Juan and Raelene and to my grandchildren, Aaron, Daniel, Angelica, Jordan, Antonio and in loving memory of Chantal Angela Maestas.

    Priscilla Larson

    Las Vegas

  • Mil Gracias letter

    A determined group of local individuals and organizations are forming a growing collaboration to address the needs of sexual assault victims. Hospital medical services, police and other law-enforcement services, community-based social services and victim-advocate services are critical and must be coordinated and ready to respond.

  • Letter: Teachers need more support

    To anyone who has ever had a teacher: It takes more education and more money out of pocket than at any time in our country’s history to become and remain a teacher. Our student loan reform is a very good start, however, there are thousands of teachers out there now who have high-interest loans and old loans for teaching that are not forgiven.

  • Letter: Wind project jobs will be replaced

    In regards to the mesa wind project, I’d like to express caution about relying on corporate promises of long-term jobs for the area.

    In business terms, jobs are labor expenses. These dirty and dangerous jobs eventually will be engineered out of the equation, replaced by computers. Since the priority is profit, there is no social contract obligating this company to employ anyone at all.

  • Work of Art: A midnight dive into Storrie

    Back in the olden days, before Storrie Lake became a state park and when entry was free, I once took a couple of neighbor-acquaintances swimming. I call them acquaintances because they were not exactly my friends.

    Without getting into the semantics of what a friend is, let me explain that they were simply young men my age whom I saw regularly but who weren’t part of my circle.

  • Editorial: Don't fence out public

    Storrie Lake has been in the state park system for decades. So it’s no surprise that Las Vegas residents see this attraction as the domain of no particular group or person but, rather, as public property.

    The state, however, doesn’t own most of the park’s land. Instead, it’s the property of the Storrie Project Water Users Association, which serves ranchers, farmers and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Editorial: Two decades of muscle

    Twenty years ago this month, a grizzled old journalist with an Associated Press career under his belt hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. And there Bob Johnson stayed for 17 years, diligently working for the public’s right to know, until his death in August 2007.