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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL" E-mails bypass state law

    There’s a reason for the state Open Meetings Act — to require governing bodies to conduct public business openly. After all, the people have every right to see their government in action — we’re paying the bills.

    In recent months, however, the mayor and three Las Vegas City Council members have been privately communicating by e-mail. When a council quorum is discussing public business outside of an open meeting, that’s a violation of the Open Meetings Act.

  • EDITORIAL: Taking the fifth

    The latest news about the case against Roberta Vigil, former bilingual program coordinator for the West Las Vegas School District, is that her husband, state Rep. Richard Vigil, took the Fifth when questioned by prosecutors working on the case. No great revelation there, since witnesses in a previous hearing testified that he was a party to the criminal activity she is accused of having committed.

  • COLUMN: Sons becoming fathers

    My dad, who lived to be 94, might have been called a dandy in his younger days. We don’t use the term much nowadays, and for those too young to have heard it, it describes someone overly concerned with appearance.

    Today’s most proximate term might be “metrosexual,” although not all the connotations of the term apply to Dad. And in absolute fairness to him, I emphasize he worked hard to support his family of eight. But he still liked being dressed up.

  • OPINION: Always an excuse for secrecy

    Certainly I’m not the only one who gets frustrated with attorneys who insist on government secrecy at all costs.

    Last month, we ran a couple of stories on Isaac Apodaca, the deputy administrator at the state hospital.

    Employees at the state hospital were telling me that Apodaca was placed on administrative leave. But no one at the state Health Department, the agency that oversees the hospital, would confirm that was the case.

  • EDITORIAL:Keep Abreu

    Recently, City Councilman Morris Madrid praised Jim Abreu, West Las Vegas’ superintendent, during a school board meeting. Madrid said he spoke to the board because he wanted to make sure there is continuity in the West district.

    That’s a valid concern. The recent school election resulted in a new member to the board, David G. Romero. Soon, the board will decide whether to renew Abreu’s contract. We hope it does.

  • EDITORIAL: Take part in the Luna election

    On Tuesday, voters throughout much of northern New Mexico will go to the polls to decide on whether to increase property taxes to pay for capital improvements at Luna Community College. In some areas, there will be races for the college’s Board of Trustees.

  • LETTER: Bond issue doesn’t merit support

    I wish to comment on the recent property tax increase proposed by Luna Community College. Generally an investment in education and educational facilities are of unquestionable value in ensuring the future well-being of our young people and of our community.

  • LETTER: Luna board needs women members

    It’s way past time for a female to join the Luna Board of Trustees. Now we have an opportunity to elect an intelligent, well-spoken, level-headed woman to the board.

    After attending the Optic’s forum and hearing from all the candidates, I have decided to vote for Marsha Archuleta. I encourage other Las Vegas residents to do the same. It’s time.

    S.A. Clancy

    Las Vegas