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Opinion

  • The people accused of assaulting others during a Robertson High School football camp in August are innocent until proven guilty. That’s as it should be.

    The allegations, of course, are highly disturbing. The one excuse we’re hearing over and over holds no water whatsoever.

  • Recently, the Las Vegas Police Department closed its rifle range to the public. That’s after officers discovered yet another rash of damage to the facility, including vandalism, illegal dumping and shooting at structures not intended as targets.

    The police made the right decision. Now, officers are drafting a new policy for use of the range, and they say they hope to involve the public.

  • When it comes to water supplies, the city of Las Vegas should keep all options on the table. That should be the city’s approach even in times of plentiful precipitation, which has been the case over the last year.

  • SANTA FE — New Mexico’s three new Democratic U.S. House members won election by solid margins. But can they all survive?

    The representatives from congressional districts 1 and 2 took over seats that Democrats have not held in over 25 years. The 3rd Congressional District looks plenty safe for Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    His most likely competition would likely come from another Democrat and that isn’t probable as long as his father remains a power in state politics.

  • Last week, Gilberto Reyes, the former professional baseball player, tried to challenge his detention. And he had a good case to make: He’s been sitting in the county jail for nearly a year on a charge of drug distribution — a nonviolent crime, we might add. He hasn’t been able to make bail, so he’s been detained every day since he was charged with the offense in December 2007.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the staff and students at West Las Vegas Middle School, I thank the District Attorney’s office for the interesting and educational presentations on domestic violence they shared with our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders last month. Twice a month, the middle school schedules presentations to help the students become aware and informed of real issues in their lives.

  • It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that over the past several years there has been a redistribution of the wealth. The middle class and the poor are getting poorer. Our governments embracing of the theory of trickle down economic is ultimately responsible for massive unemployment. Unemployment cuts off purchasing power. The result is economic depression.

  • The recent attempt by city officials, former housing directors, former mayor Henry Sanchez, hired consultants and the media, to blame Floyd Duran, Housing and Urban Development representative for the federal government for the city housing situation, is a copout. The only thing I have heard out of their mouth is innuendo, “mitote” and a let’s blame someone else except ourselves attitude. Haven’t they read the HUD reports? Where have they been these last three years?

  • UP thumb ... PROTECT THE CROSSES. We’re happy to see state Attorney General Gary King intervening in a U.S. Court of Appeals case out of Utah seeking to prohibit roadside crosses memorializing fallen state troopers in that state. This case could impact the longstanding tradition of descansos in New Mexico, so we think King’s brief is justified.

  • Please put a wind generator “in my back yard.” Even though wind generation has some ill side-effects, the many benefits should outweigh negative aspects for almost any mesa near Las Vegas.

  • One of the classiest motivators, something virtually guaranteed to get people to pick up a book, appeared a few years ago.

    It was a several-paneled cartoon which started simply with a kid’s beginning to read a book. The second panel showed the child expressing greater interest.

    The third section showed some kind of monster on the page, and the young reader growing fangs, facial hair and claws.

    The exaggerations continued, with the message that by the time the child got well into the book, the child herself had changed. She had become what she was reading.

  • For the past two years Invenergy has been setting up to build a 47 turbine wind farm on the mesa ridge above our house. Many in our community are just now learning about it. More specifically the location is right by Starvation Peak, on the historic Santa Fe Trail and Route 66 and the scenic Pecos valley off Highway 3.

    It is a beautiful landscape and right by a community that has been able to live a sustainable, low-impact, small-farm lifestyle for generations, thanks to the Pecos River frontage. We live off the grid producing our electricity from solar panels.

  • In dramatic fashion, the City Council voted to fire six department directors in June, but more than four months later, the city has yet to fill any of these positions.

    City Manager Sharon Caballero said the slowness in hiring new people is purposeful because the city wants to take advantage of vacancy savings in a difficult budget year.

  • To the citizens of Las Vegas: This letter is to make you aware that the Stop Program (Sex Offenders Treatment Unit) at the Behavior Health Institute, otherwise known as the Las Vegas Medical Center, is releasing sex offenders to our community. This presents a concern for our kids, who are vulnerable to these predators. Just look at the Sex Offenders Registry. There are about four sex offenders that are from the Las Vegas area. The rest come from other cities.

  • Mother became daughter’s hero

    For all the wrongs in the world once in a while a right is done.

    Mom had to rescue me at Wal-Mart. I ran out of oxygen. Had to abandon the shopping cart with the door greeter. When this oxygen stops, I am physically drained of oxygen from my body. It is like someone squeezing the life out of me. I have to talk myself to breathe until more oxygen is available.

  • Immunization

    is a necessity

    In August, my youngest child Jackson, who had just turned two, became very sick, with Pertussis or “whooping cough.” I had chosen to wait to immunize my children for personal reasons. While holding my small and frail son in the emergency room hospital bed as he gasped for air and struggled to breathe, I realized I may have seriously endangered his life in not having him immunized. I feared the worst.

  • Barack Obama is a black man with a white mother.

    Is he also a white man with a black father?

    Betty Quick

    Las Vegas

  • The Las Vegas City Schools, Superintendent Richard Romero, School Social Worker Jennie Mae Ortiz, and I, the mental health counselor, would like to extend appreciation to the following for their support during the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Training that was held at Memorial Middle School Oct. 15:

  • The family of Lala D. Baca would like to offer our gratitude and appreciation to the following during this difficult time:

  • The Mike “Mateo” Sena Elementry annual Fall Fest held Oct. 24 was a huge success.