Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, October 12

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By Optic Editorial Board

Thumbs down to the American president for worsening trade relations with the Far East, especially China. No one suggested the balance was fair, but the executive-branch tariff system isn’t doing anything — and what is the stated goal of the tariffs, anyway?
It seems the tariffs and the trade-war-like atmosphere aren’t doing anything except increasing the costs of goods currently made only in China and Taiwan and other countries in the region. The tariffs are making it tougher for companies in northern New Mexico to do business and slowing economic growth worldwide. If there is, in fact, a larger aim here, we are owed an explanation from both the executive branch and Congresspeople who support it.

We’re thankful to all who organized and/or participated in the recent Riverfest along the Gallinas Riverwalk. Water is life; celebrating the precious and delicate jewel that runs through the middle of our community is essential.
Even though the Gallinas isn’t a very wide body of water (it’s called Gallinas Creek on some maps), it connects us to the meadows to our south and the hills and mountains to our north.
We also thank the cleanup crews who, by all accounts, left the Riverfest areas spotless. While we’re hardly surprised a group that’s all about purity and clean resources would pick up after itself, it’s always helpful to point out good examples of folks leading the way.

While it’s rewarding to see children and adults having the great time that goes along with a parade, these events seem  to happen on or close to a weekend, when the most visitors tend to be in town.
There was a great deal of trash left behind along the parade route after the Sept. 28 West Las Vegas High School Homecoming parade — especially on and near Bridge Street. The music and spirit and energy of the parade is great for visitors to see — but no event should end up with so much refuse left behind on a Friday afternoon.
We hope organizers of these events are including a small committee or team dedicated to cleaning up or arranging cleanup. This should fall on the shoulders of City of Las Vegas staff.
Let’s continue teaching young people how to care for their communities.

”Trees are used as a symbol that connects us to the sky as they grow taller. Celestial Tree is a tree of life in a cosmic form, but the tree is also a symbol of being grounded to earth. The sculpture represents the connection between the universe and the earth.”
— Local artist and Highlands University fine arts major Mary Miller, describing the impetus for her sculpture “Celestial Tree.”