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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: West's good idea

    When Saturday detention is discussed, the movie, “Breakfast Club,” comes to mind. The characters in that movie got into some mischief when the teacher left, but they found they had much in common, even though they hailed from different cliques at the school.

    We hope that teachers will have more control at the planned Saturday school at West Las Vegas Middle School. The school board recently approved this idea; we credit West for moving forward with this.

  • Letter: Why not Medicare for everyone?

    My experience of Medicare corresponds to that of Glenn Yocum (Sept. 11 letter) and Jim Peters (Sept. 21 letter). Medicare is a government-run health care insurance program that works well for a substantial portion of the population. Why not extend it to everyone? That is the intention of Congressman John Conyers’ bill (HR 676), which is supported by Congressman Ben Ray Luján, for which we are grateful.

  • Editorial: Don't tear down school

    About this issue, we don’t want to mince any words: Sierra Vista Elementary School should not be demolished. That would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

  • Letter:: Mil Gracias

    The Cleveland Millfest this past Labor Day weekend was highly successful and possibly the best attended ever. We would like to thank the many people in the community who helped make this possible, including the Mora County Sheriff’s department, the participants, and not least, the folks who sponsored this event.

  • As It Is: A way to muzzle criticism?

    During every regular meeting, the Las Vegas City Council allows residents to speak up about public issues. Each person gets up to five minutes.

    Some speakers are regulars, including North Gonzales Street resident Lalo Sanchez. In the spring of 2008, he started coming before the council regularly to air his frustrations with how sewer rates are calculated. He also has spoken frequently about the need for speed bumps on Gonzales and loud stereos in cars. And he has criticized the Police Department for its lack of enforcement of the laws.

  • Letter: City protects itself from its citizens?

    I attended a neighborhood meeting recently. At that meeting, those in attendance expressed thoughts, ideas and concerns. City Manager Tim Dodge spoke to us about his appreciation for how passionate we are and how much we love our city. He spoke of a master plan for the city, which, in a nutshell, consists of listening to needs and providing the community with sufficient services.

  • Letter: President’s 'charge' is really a tax

    The proposed health care “charge” of up to $3,800 to be imposed on individuals who refuse to obtain health insurance is indeed a tax. It is clearly (and correctly) labeled an “Excise Tax” in the Senate’s version of the healthcare plan under consideration.  Further, dictionaries and basic economic textbooks all define a tax as a compulsory contribution or charge imposed or levied by authority upon persons or property for public purposes or good.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... A DELAYED BUT GOOD REACTION. The charges against San Miguel County sheriff’s Deputy Inez Bolivar are serious. She is accused of breaking into a house and beating up a man while wearing her uniform and carrying her gun.

    At first Sheriff Benjie Vigil put her on paid administrative leave, then allowed her to keep her squad car at her house. But a few days passed and stronger disciplinary action was taken —Bolivar was dismissed from the force. In our judgment, that was a wise move.