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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... STILL PENDING. Once again, a habitually divided Las Vegas City Council has rejected the Charter Commission’s recommendation to establish a runoff process for municipal elections. This time, it was a new idea — to allow the council to decide with each election whether to go with instant runoffs or a separate, second election between the top two vote-getters — that derailed the recommendation.

  • Letter: Speeding is lawbreaking

    Today and almost everyday I see lawbreakers at work. In the streets especially.

    I consider myself a law-abiding citizen with good intentions for all.

    People do not drive the speed limit posted in this town. Many people drive 10 to 25 mph above the speed limit on Grand avenue and other roads.

    If we are to have peace and less rage and road killings, we the citizens must report these law breakers.

    Get the license plate numbers and descriptions of the vehicles. Call police.

    What happened to respect? Why do they do that? Where is the love?

  • Letter: Gratitude for first responders

    The Fernandez, Quintana, Brito, Armijo and Valdez families would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all first responders and the staff of the Air Ambulance who were present the day our precious family member, Glenda Fernandez, was involved in a head-on crash in Sapello.

  • Letter: Friendly reminder from the sheriff

    Friendly reminder from the sheriff

    We would like to wish all the citizens of San Miguel County and our visitors Happy Holidays. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Department will be enforcing all laws to ensure that everyone is safe.

    We would like to remind everyone not to drive if you plan to drink alcohol. Together we can make a difference in keeping our roads safe for everyone.

    Benjie Vigil

    San Miguel County Sheriff

     

  • Letter: Paying only for what they use

    After years of paying a flat fee for 2,000 gallons of water, whether we used 2,000 gallons or not, I have decided to pay for what we use.

    I believe in conservation and efficiency. I believe that my city should encourage conservation and efficiency.

    With the $5.82 saved, Betty Quick and I will go out on the town! We will go to the Travelers Café and treat ourselves to two small coffees and two oatmeal-raisin cookies.

    Happy Holidays.   

    Bob Wallace

    Las Vegas

  • Work of Art: A regime for the New Year

    Possibly due to strict upbringing, or maybe because of a year with Sister Immer Richtig at Immaculate Conception School, I’m accustomed to saying, and, especially, hearing, “That’s wrong.”

    Teachers are discouraged from using the “w” word, lest somebody’s ego gets crushed and Mommy and Daddy need to run interference for the brutalized child.     

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial: Approve charter

    The Las Vegas City Council will likely consider a proposed city charter at its meeting today. Then it would go to voters in the March 2 municipal election.

    The charter serves as the city’s constitution. The existing one has been in effect since the two Las Vegases joined nearly four decades ago.

    Under the proposed charter, the city would be considered a home-rule community. That means it would have more latitude to form the city government it desires, rather than following state-imposed restrictions.

  • Editorial: No shakeups needed

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz has now announced what many already suspected — he is running for Las Vegas mayor.

    In revealing his plans, Ortiz promised that he wouldn’t shake up the city administration. Rather, he plans to keep the city manager and other departmental directors.