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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Mortified at Mortimer Hall?

    As huge scoops of rock, mortar, wood and glass were loaded into waiting dump trucks yesterday, I waved goodbye.

    It’s gone. Mortimer Hall, my home away from home for about 25 years — its parts being hauled off to a landfill somewhere — has been razed, with surprising speed, to make room for the new student center.

  • Editorial: The price tag on progress

    Bill Richardson has had a good run as governor, but it’s not over yet. His place in our state’s history — as a mover and shaker who led us into some lasting improvements or as an overly ambitious leader who broke the bank — will be determined in large measure by the upcoming legislative session.

  • Editorial: Help for a neighbor

    There are times when our better nature show through. During times of crisis, when neighbors are helping neighbors — that’s one of those times. Then there are the times when we help people we don’t even know because, well, we know it’s the right thing to do.

  • Letter: Recycling program needs improving

    If the city of Las Vegas wishes to promote a recycling program, the receiving site does little to encourage people.

    There have been few times in the last several years when bins have not been overflowing and cans, newspapers and plastic containers scattered around. I have made numerous trips to the office of the city manager to register my concern.

  • Letter: Obama still hasn't ended torture

    Now that President Obama has ended his first year in office, it is time to evaluate. As human rights activists, we were hopeful that the president would bring change to U.S. foreign policy regarding the “war on terror,” Guantanamo Bay and torture, but his actions have fallen way short.

  • As It Is: Low-profile lawmakers

    Last week, state Rep. Eleanor Chavez, D-Albuquerque, wrote on Facebook that she held a town hall with her constituents. She said they told her they opposed a food tax and education cuts, wanted to close corporate loopholes and pushed reform of the tax structure.

    She said she walked away impressed.

    Wait a minute. State lawmakers hold town halls?

    Apparently, some do. Our lawmakers held one at Luna Community College in the summer, but they haven’t held one in the months leading up to the annual legislative session, which starts this week.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School would like to express our appreciation to the following businesses and people for their donations and support in helping to make our winter concert and winter festivities a success:  Walgreens, Community First Bank, Elks Lodge, Walmart, Christine Ludi, Rep. and Mrs. Richard Vigil and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Vigil Jr.

    Becky Gallegos

    Principal

    Valley Elementary and Middle School

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... A BAD THUMB. Last week we paid tribute to the Robertson High School boys’ basketball team championship at the Stu Clark Tournament, intending to give the Cardinals a thumbs up for their accomplishment. But we went the wrong direction and accidentally used a down thumb instead, thereby leading some of our readers to a bad impression.