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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Consider a civilian review board

    When a police officer does a bad thing, it shocks the public and rightfully so.

    Certain rights are guaranteed to our citizens through amendments to the Constitution and those rights should never be infringed upon by law enforcement officers acting under color of law.

  • LETTER: Outraged by official reactions

    I am absolutely disgusted by the actions, not only of the police officer involved in the recent story that ran in the paper about a woman being allegedly abused, but by the actions of police Chief Gary Gold and District Attorney Richard Flores. This officer, at the very least, should have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the allegations, but instead the chief states that he is still on duty because it was a personnel matter?...

  • LETTER: Wind turbines create uncertainty

    I used to live around Bernal, right at the foot of Starvation Peak. Cleofes Ortiz was my landlord, friend and neighbor. I lived there for several years in the ‘70s, had owned property in the area and was currently hoping to find a nice parcel to build a passive solar adobe. My wife and I looked at a few properties in the Blanchard area and would have bought a charming eight-acre site we like until we learned of the proposed wind farm in Rowe Mesa.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... AN EXTENSIVE RESUME. Roberto Rios starts Monday as the new executive director for the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. His resume in economic development and business goes back more than three decades, having held high-level positions in promoting development in both New Mexico and Arizona. He has quite an impressive resume, and we’re glad that he’s chosen Las Vegas as his next challenge.

  • COLUMN: Did passport really expire?

    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — What exactly is an expiration date? Much after the fact, I pondered that question following a hassling by a usually-friendly staff of customs-passport inspectors at the airport in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    This is our third trip here. Our passports, acquired in June 1999, show proof of our visits to this area twice before, in 2006, 2008 and this year. The policy is for each visitor landing at Kastrup International to furnish proof of residency.

  • LETTER: Industrial wind, decentralized energy

    When we elected Obama we voted for change. Before he could take office, our economy collapsed, caused by the greed of bankers and corporations, their influence on policies, their tax havens abroad and their unashamed drive to enrich themselves at the expense of the well-being of the majority of us. Our voices had been silenced by the power of their wealth.

  • EDITORIAL: DA takes good step

    Last week in this space, we encouraged authorities to seek an independent investigation into allegations against Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar.

    Unbeknownst to us, District Attorney Richard Flores had already decided to do just that. We commend him for taking this step.

    Earlier this year, three jailers at the San Miguel County Detention Center reported that Salazar had threatened to hurt a woman he had taken into custody, 52-year-old Bernadette Varela. Other jailers filed reports indicating that Varela alleged she had been injured by Salazar.

  • COLUMN: Ward 3 leads in crime

    So where is all the crime occurring in our community? I recently obtained a copy of a Police Department report that shows the number of reports for each of the city’s four wards.

    For 2008, Ward 3 topped all the others in the combined number of crime reports. Ward 3 consists of the city’s southeast quadrant, including the New Town historic district, the Railroad district, and Sixth, Seventh and Eighth streets. This ward had 981 reports last year, followed by Ward 4, the southwest quadrant, at 828.