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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Involve the council

    Las Vegas attorney Dave Romero had much criticism of the proposed city charter, which would essentially be the constitution for municipal government. The city is seeking public input on the document.

    The Charter Commission is proposing that the council have involvement in the hiring and firing of top officials. But Romero argues that this would be a mistake. He said the people elect mayors to get things done and that mayors need to have officials on board with their agendas. Therefore, appointment powers should rest solely with mayors, he said.

  • Mil Gracias

    We would like to thank Mike Melton and the Bank of Las Vegas and Keith Tucker and Community First Bank for their continued support and contributions to the staff and students of West Las Vegas Middle School.

  • Work of Art: 'Whatever' a huge put-down

    On a recent talk show, a caller said the radio guest had “hit the nail on the head.” Wow, what perception!

    I don’t mean to appear haughty, but I find it hard — always have — to commend such a caller for profundity. “Hit the nail on the head” is a metaphor meaning that what the guest said was absolutely correct. Up to that time, I’d never met-a-phor I didn’t like.

    How is it possible to comment further without carting out the vitriol and sarcasm? I’ll try.

  • Editorial: Tasers not the sheriff's call

    For months, the San Miguel County Commission has been considering whether the Sheriff’s Department should use Tasers.

    Last week, the commission held a public hearing on the electroshock weapon. Sheriff Benjie Vigil invited several other sheriffs; speaking for them was the director of the New Mexico Sheriffs and Chiefs Association, Jim Burleson.

    Burleson’s message was simple: The sheriff should decide whether to use Tasers, not the County Commission.

  • LETTER: Personal opposition goes long way back

    I would like to offer some of my reasons for opposing consolidation of the East and West school administrations. First of all, I finished my elementary education in West Las Vegas in 1947. At that time, few of the kids from West Las Vegas would attend Highlands High School. Some of the West kids whose families could afford it attended Highlands High School or the I.C. Catholic School. ...

  • AS IT IS: Transparently untransparent

    A few weeks ago, a political observer told me that he was hearing reports that Mayor Tony Marquez wouldn’t run for a second term.

    I didn’t really believe that at the time. Marquez is a relatively young, ambitious guy. Why would he voluntarily relinquish his throne?

    Of course, the mayor won’t show his cards about his plans for next year. He won’t even return my calls or e-mails.

    Marquez works in Santa Fe, so people around here don’t see him much. He’s removed from the town he leads.

  • LETTER: Looking for other West '81 graduates

    I am a West Las Vegas High School graduate class of ‘81. I currently find myself serving my 27th year in the U.S. Navy in Kuwait. I am asking for your help in contacting my classmates for our upcoming class reunion in 2011. We are trying to get everyone on Facebook so that we can get the ball rolling. I live in Denver, Colo., but won’t be back until May 2010. If plans don’t change. My e-mail is cleofas1893-@hotmail.com.

    Thank you for your help.

     Larry C. Herrera

    (aka Pacheco)

    Tecolote

  • EDITORIAL: Fairness lacking

    When it comes to fairness and consistency, the city missed the mark in its recent handling of how to allocate lodgers tax proceeds.

    In July, the council approved a request to give $15,000 to Albuquerque company Fresquez Productions to promote a boxing fight featuring Holly Holm in Las Vegas. The firm’s owner, Lenny Fresquez, didn’t have to show up to answer any questions.