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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: The agents of change

    Aside from the question about the percentage of votes necessary to pass the new Las Vegas city charter into law — a simple majority vs. a super majority  — this much is certain: Most of last week’s voters declared that they want change. Fifty-six percent preferred a new charter over the four-decades-old document that was approved when the two Vegases united into a single city in 1970.

    Actually, “change” is a familiar refrain for voters; we’ve noticed it numerous times in recent years.

  • As It Is: A surprising election

    Am I surprised that San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz handily beat two write-in opponents in last week’s mayoral election?

    No. It’s rare that a write-in candidate wins. Many mention how Republican Joe Skeen won as a write-in the 1980 congressional race in southern New Mexico. But he was only the third person in U.S. history to be elected as a write-in to Congress. And there were unusual circumstances — a divided Democratic opposition and no GOP candidate on the ballot.

  • Letter: Stale old system still going strong

    The recent arrest and release of a retired San Miguel County deputy on a DWI charge reminded me of a great lesson I learned in a geometry class at Robertson High School. I was a sophomore. We should have been going over the finer points of a parallelogram, but instead we were talking school politics.

  • Editorial: Yes, charter passed

    Last week, 56 percent of voters approved a new charter for the city of Las Vegas — a 35-page document that includes, among other things, a requirement for runoff elections when no candidate gets a simple majority of votes.

    But now some people, including former city attorney Danelle Smith, are suggesting that 60 percent was needed to pass the charter, which serves as the city’s constitution.

  • Work of Art: A chill’s not a thrill

    Ever had chills up and down your spine? I used to think it was a myth — until I saw the famous pea-soup scene in “The Exorcist,” when Regan, the possessed child, decorated Father Damien Karras’s face with it.

  • Letter: Better health care, but at a high price

    At the recent Health Summit held by President Obama at the Blair House, two Republican senators stated that we have the best health care in the world. One of them further told of two Canadians who came to the U.S. for that best health care, one for cancer and the other with heart disease.

  • Editorial: Special treatment

    Recently, former San Miguel County Undersheriff Joe Robert Urban was arrested on a charge of drunken driving. The gun-carrying Urban was stopped by state police on Mountain View Drive, officials said.

    While most offenders go to jail after being arrested on suspicion of DWI, Urban, who retired just a few months ago, got to go home. He was released to his former longtime co-worker, Sheriff Benjie Vigil.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A SMOOTH ELECTION. More than 2,000 Las Vegas residents cast ballots Tuesday, electing a new mayor and two new council members, re-electing by acclamation the municipal judge and approving a new constitution for the city. Alfonso Ortiz was elected with a commanding majority over two write-in candidates; Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero won pluralities in Ward 1 and Ward 4, and a strong majority said yes to the new city charter.