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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Water funding vulnerable

    Every government entity in the state is vulnerable to statewide budget cuts for building projects. The city of Las Vegas is no exception.

    The budget ax may well strike the $1.3 million designated for a rebuilding of the city’s dam on the Gallinas River, a project designed to make the diversion of water more efficient.

  • To The Point: Somebody doing it right

    Highlands professor David Olivas, a retired Los Alamos engineer, has undertaken an heroic project to drag, pull, push, or otherwise cajole the math department he now chairs into the 20th Century (no typo here: 20th is correct).

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... NOW THAT’S REAL SCHOOL SPIRIT! Members of the student councils at Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School gathered on the field just before kickoff of Saturday’s Vegas Bowl for the traditional exchange of keys.

    The purpose of the exchange is to symbolize unity as a community rather than a rivalry between school districts. Cody Romero of RHS and Krystle Montaño of West are the leaders of the respective student councils.

  • Letter: 'Closed community' breaks heart

    I fell in love with Las Vegas the minute I laid eyes on it 15 years ago. I loved the people, the architecture, the trees, the sky, the homes, the sun, rain, wind and the snow. I loved it all. I loved it so much that I talked about it wherever I went.

    My job required me to travel all over Central and Northern New Mexico and you know how it is when you’re in love. You can’t stop talking about the object of your affection, and mine was Las Vegas!

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of the board and the children of La Plaza Little League, we would like to thank the following sponsors. Without their support, the District 4 Tournament held at La Plaza would not have been a success.

  • Editorial: Good television

    Television is a two-edged sword. It has been both a contributor to and a detractor of the quality of life in America. On the one hand, television made us more closely connected as a nation and to our world, but on the other, it has also pulled us inside, so that our sense of community is more distant. We don’t know our neighbors as we used to, we don’t just sit and around and talk like before, because of the neverending temptation to withdraw into the world of television.

  • Editorial: The lion's fate

    We’re glad to see MainStreet Las Vegas taking a proactive approach to a longtime New Town statue, the lion fountain at Grand and Lincoln Avenues. The fountain itself has long been out of order, and now the statue is deteriorating. Unless something is done, Las Vegas will lose yet another piece of its history.

    The lion fountain was built in the late 1890s as an alternative watering hole to the infamous saloons that filled New Town during those Wild West days. Preserving it is a matter of civic pride.

  • Letter: The veteran, the father, the hero

    Recently my father asked me to help compose a letter to the Veterans Administration. He said that the VA did not have any record of him being in Japan when he was wounded in Korea. I asked him if he had any letters or orders and he presented me with his discharge and, to my surprise, three letters recommended him for the Purple Hearts. As I read through the letters I was amazed that he had been wounded three times in one month. I researched more and found the name of the ship that transported him to Japan and the hospital he was in.