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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs - Our high-country lowdown on the news

    VIVAN LA FIESTAS! It’s been a part of Las Vegas for six scores — 120 straight years of celebration the region’s heritage. And it’s in full force today, so grab your folding chairs and head on down to the Plaza for lots of Spanish song and dance, Southwest sun, and maybe a monsoon shower or two. And don’t forget the city fireworks show tonight.

    Enjoy this Fourth of July holiday, everyone — Las Vegas style!

  • Keep officials in the loop

    It’s no secret the Las Vegas City Council has its divisions. Mayor Tony Marquez has two staunch allies, Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman, while the opposition consists of Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal.

    While many governing bodies prefer to discuss their differences outside public meetings, the City Council historically has carried out many debates in public. And that’s a good thing. After all, aren’t citizens entitled to learn about the pros and cons of issues during spirited public discussions?

  • National UFO coverage

    SANTA FE — Watch for New Mexico on TV this week. CW Network’s “The Daily Buzz” taped five segments around the state last month and is showing them every day this week around 7 a.m.

    The segments were taped in Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and White Sands National Monument. In addition, on Friday, July 4, “The Daily Buzz” will broadcast live from the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center during the UFO Festival.

  • Is government wasting gas?

    In 2006, my wife, Brenda, and I purchased a sport utility vehicle, a 2001 Toyota 4Runner. We got it because she said she needed it for her job as a real estate agent; some places are hard to reach without a four-wheel drive.

    Subconsciously, maybe we got the gas guzzler because it’s the American thing to do.

    According to the Web site Autohopper, the gas mileage on the 4Runner is 19 miles per gallon on average, while our other car, a 1999 Toyota Camry, stands at 27 miles per gallon.

  • Mil Gracias

    Luna Community College would like to show its gratitude for the fourth annual Custom Car Show & Shine that we co-sponsored.

  • Mil Gracias

    On June 11, Keep Las Vegas Beautiful along with the Community Base Service/PSR cleaned up litter around the River Walk. Keep Las Vegas Beautiful wants to acknowledge PSR and the city’s Solid Waste Department on a job well done.

    Kelly Jean Eversole

    Las Vegas

  • Rooting for Campos

    It’s an unfortunate reality in Las Vegas politics that some people work hard to bring down their enemies — even at the expense of the larger community. We see and hear it mostly behind the scenes: People rooting for the failure of their adversary after they’ve been elected or selected to lead an institution that’s important to the city’s well being.

  • Fiestas!

    There’s no bigger event for Las Vegas than its July fiestas. And as far as we know, no public event has lasted quite so long.

    Fiestas de Las Vegas, which begins tonight with the reinas pageant, is now 120 years old. Back when it started, in 1888, Las Vegas was a bustling frontier town of sizable proportions, for those days, and New Mexico was still 24 years away from statehood.