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Today's Opinions

  • Expungement a bad idea

    In a perfect world, anyone who commits a crime and is arrested would be convicted and end up behind bars if the crime is serious enough.

    It goes without saying that we don’t live in a perfect world.

    Our country’s founding fathers set up a criminal justice system in which prosecutors must prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order for that individual to be convicted of a crime. And that’s exactly as it should be. As the saying goes, it’s better that 10 guilty men go free than that one innocent man be convicted.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 29, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Violence against women vs. real manhood

    Thanks, NFL, for sparking a worthy national conversation. When it comes to the issue of domestic violence, you’ve given us a wealth of examples about how not to behave.

    Of course, it’s more important to talk about how such violence hits us at home, in our local communities, but it’s easier to discuss it when some faraway football players are under the microscope. So let’s ease in and start with Ray Rice.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 26, 2014

    THUMBS UP! RHS-ST. MIKE’S RIVALRY IS HUGE   
    When rivals Robertson High School Cardinals and the Santa Fe St. Michael’s Horsemen meet in football, the object isn’t just to win but to win big. Each team dreams of holding the other team scoreless, in what might have become the big rivalry in Class 4A football. The Cardinals won big, holding the Horsemen scoreless. But let’s not over-celebrate, as the Capital City crew is vowing revenge, perhaps down the line during tournament time.

    THUMBS UP! HU GAME WAS RECORD-SETTER

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 26, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Born on the Fourth of July

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The railroad tracks laid down by the AT&SF reached Las Vegas on July 1 1879, and the first train arrived here three days later on the Fourth of July, with Dan Daley at the throttle and Charlie Brooks as conductor.

  • Letters to the Editor - Sept. 26, 2014

    Jealousy, politics holding Vegas back
    Will you hear a lot of emotion in this letter? Yes. Will you hear a lot of truth in this letter? Absolutely.

  • Editorial: Time to study police pay

    The Las Vegas Police Officers Association minced no words last week during the public input portion of the City Council meeting.

    The message, delivered by officer Adam Vigil: “Over the past several years the LVPOA has been working towards helping its members to achieve a rate of pay which will enable them to better afford the cost of living in our city. The truth of the matter is we are constantly losing officers to other agencies which have put public safety at the top of their priority list.”