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Editorials

  • Opening the school coffers

    Among the education bills that Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law last week is one aimed at increasing transparency in the state’s public school districts, by requiring that certain financial information on districts and charter schools be posted on the relatively new Sunshine Portal (located at www.sunshineportalnm.com/).

    Moreover, she gave a great reason why it’s such an important move.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! FIRST THIS YEAR. A Las Vegas woman was charged with an open count of murder in last week’s stabbing death of her husband. Police say Suzanne Aguilar, 45, called 911 about a domestic violence incident in progress last Friday morning, and admitted stabbing Michael Martinez, 48, who died at the home on Salazar Street.

  • Paying for city water

    Harry S. Truman once said, “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” That might apply to Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s declaration that the city may have to jack up its water rates to pay for the necessities of its system.

    Here are some hard truths:

  • East’s fiscal mistakes

    We thought the first big test of the new Las Vegas City Schools board members would be the hiring of the next superintendent. We were wrong. The first big test is in how the school board is going to handle the latest news that the district is two years behind on its audits.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FREE FLICKS. It’s not just a passing contribution to community life, Highlands University has been offering free movies at Ilfeld Auditorium for couple of years now. It’s just that the Optic has finally gotten around to featuring it on the front page of our paper. It’s about time we gave it a big thumbs up, too.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 23, 2011
  • The city and the acequias

    Remember when the Las Vegas Community Water Board was formed a few years ago? One of the reasons given for its need was that the varying interests needed to resolve their differences without lawyers, and a non-governmental entity would be more likely to accomplish that.

    To that end, give the water board credit for its role in resolving the differences between the city and the Storrie Lake Water Users Association. A mutually beneficial agreement was reached in 2009.

  • Process to a decision

    Last week, after about two years of haggling over the issue, the San Miguel County Commission voted to approve a wind energy ordinance that includes the highly controversial decision to establish a half-mile setback for wind turbines. That means that these massive turbines can be constructed within a half mile, but no closer, to residential and other properties.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! RISING CRISES. If you think Japan is far, far away, ask around — the connections between the Land of the Rising Sun and our own shores is stronger than its ever been. That’s why the triple threat of earthquake, tsunami and radiation exposure hits so close to home for so many Americans.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to this nation. Hopefully the radiation will be contained and the aftershocks will soon subside.

  • Hitting the nail on the head

    Katie Houdek, a sophomore at Robertson High School, had a great idea for her confirmation class service project. Last week she hosted a “Heroes Welcome Lunch” for Las Vegas police officers, firefighters and support personnel as a way to express appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our community.

    “Police and firemen do a lot for us,” she said, “and they don’t get paid very much.”