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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: City acted superbly

    The City Council’s approval last week of new rules for movie projects was an example of city government at its finest. All of the contributors to the final product deserve credit: the mayor and council; the advisory Film Commission; Community Development Director Elmer Martinez and his staff; City Manager Timothy Dodge; and the public at large, which provided valuable input.

  • EDITORIAL: Bad form

    During public meetings, our elected officials should handle themselves with a certain level of decorum. Last week, Las Vegas City Schools board Chairman Phillip Vigil fell short of that standard.

  • AS IT IS: Political intrigue

    In the last edition of Luna Community College’s newsletter, the college’s controller, Terri Mares, was asked about what she liked most and least about working at the school.

    She said she liked the people, her job and the college’s mission.

    As for what she liked least, she responded, “The politics and personal agendas that get in the way of us fulfilling the mission of the college; they may prevent us from becoming one of the greatest places to receive an education in the state, and perhaps, the nation.”

  • LETTER: Entitled to mistakes?

    The Las Vegas Police Department’s chief has, appropriately, given the strongest argument possible for the establishment of a Civilian Review Board for the department. Indeed, the letter published in the same issue of the Optic arguing for such a board was not half as persuasive as to the need for such a civilian driven oversight mechanism. Not half as persuasive, I tell you. Listen to the highest-ranked law enforcement officer, Chief Gold: “Police officers work long hours and they are rarely appreciated.

  • EDITORIAL: The benefits of firsts

    With the election of Barack Obama as president, the United States has taken a big step toward becoming what some call a post-racial society. Of course we’re a long way from there yet, but we're closer.

  • DULCEY AMARGO: Who said that?

    It’s almost an unwritten rule that among the first words one acquires in learning a new language are the inevitable “bad words.” Of course, that doesn’t occur so much in the organized, academic setting. Nevertheless, the dictionary is always available for one to sneak a peek at the “forbidden” words.

    Way back in primal times, as we labored through the conjugations and declensions of beginning Latin, my classmates and I at Cathedral High School found a way to pervert the regimented learning for our less-than-civilized purposes.

  • KEEPING IT SIMPLE: A 50-year assessment

    Fifty years ago in May, the Robertson High School Class of 1959 was instructed to report to Douglas Elementary School for last minute preparations (cap and gown) before graduation. Once everyone was ready and lined up, we quietly marched across the street to Ilfeld Auditorium, where school administrators, family and friends were waiting. There were no cell phones or digital cameras to be found!

  • THUMBS: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    GRAND AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS, ANYWAY. We’re noticing two things regarding Grand Avenue that we like. One is that the New Mexico Department of Transportation is talking about other ways to spruce up this main thoroughfare through town, besides the two-lane proposal that’s been shot down. Paul Gray, the DOT’s district engineer, said trees can be planted, patterned concrete will be poured and better crosswalks will be painted into place.