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By The Staff

REASONABLE DISSENSION. Thumbs up. We agree with the majority regarding the Las Vegas City Council’s decision to impose Stage 1 water restrictions but we respect councilor Morris Madrid’s opposition to it at Wednesday’s meeting. Madrid called the decision “a little premature” and argued that the water conservation ordinance doesn’t require council action, since the city manager can take action on it independent of council direction.

While we agree with councilor Andrew Feldman’s contention that it’s better to “err on the side of caution,” we know that reasonable people can disagree — and Madrid certainly made a couple of good points. As long as council disagreements remain at such a reasonable level and don’t stoop to personal attacks, the city will be better off with an occasionally divided council.

INNOCENT LIFE LOST. Thumbs down. Cry, Las Vegas, for the loss of an innocent life. Six-year-old Jasmine Garcia was shot and killed as she slept in her mother’s bed in the early morning hours of Father’s Day. Maybe someone should place a reward out there for information leading to the arrest of the culprit; the murderer must be caught.

DEADBEATS IN TOWN. Thumbs up. Some sensitive folk may be offended by a Boston newspaperman calling Las Vegas “Nowheresville,” but we got a kick out of his column about the “deadbeats” who came to town for their annual convention. In fact, we’re proud that the Meadow City attracts such quirky groups as the International Association of Obituarists — and we hope they’ll find their way back to Nowhere again next year.

YOU WOULD GET A TICKET. Thumbs down. Lately, at least three new city police cars have been tooling around town, conspicuous by their lack of license plates. An average citizen would be pulled over and ordered to produce license, proof of insurance and registration if caught driving a tag-less auto.

The police ought to get those plates mounted lest some cop pull them over, citation-book in hand.

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“I really like it. I love the idea that there are more and more artists coming and taking seriously Las Vegas as a place where they can work. The best way to see art and artists is in their natural environment.”

— Judy Bennett, on the city’s 2008 Studio Tour, a two-day weekend event that featured 26 art locations around town.