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Editorials

  • Union should stay, period

    The West Las Vegas school board is doing the right thing in reconsidering its previous decision to close Union Elementary School. As the best-performing school in the district, Union should not only remain open, but it should be held up as an educational model for other schools in the district.

  • County must reverse ruling

    President Obama made it clear in his 2008 campaign: He didn’t want to pursue those using marijuana for medical purposes where it’s legal. And after he took office, the Justice Department announced a policy reflecting the president’s position.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    NECESSARY DISMISSAL. Yes, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty applies to all, including Ramon Montoya, the Mora County Sheriff’s Department transport officer who is accused of getting drunk and passing out alongside Interstate 25. He deserves his day in court. But his employer isn’t obligated to wait until the judicial system reaches a verdict, and was therefore justified in firing him after an internal investigation.

  • Addressing bullying

    It’s good to see Las Vegas City school officials grappling with the problem of bullying. Not only are they taking the matter seriously, but they’re being open about how the problem exists, persists and must be addressed.


    Superintendent Richard Romero is right to make it a top priority. Bullying isn’t a “kids will be kids” issue; at best, it’s a form of harassment, at worst it’s, well, terrorism. In a few cases, it even results in someone’s death.

  • Find common ground

    Last week, the Republicans won the House and gained much strength in the Senate. Rather than seeing this as the next partisan confrontation, President Obama should strive to find common ground with at least some in the GOP:

     

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... OVER AND DONE. Whew, finally, one of the more brutal elections in recent memory is through, and now we can look forward to new leadership addressing many of the same old problems. And just as Barack Obama took the burden and the blame for two wars and an economic crisis he didn’t create, now a whole lot of newly elected officials must inherit a mess. Good luck, all.

     

  • Scrutinize sites off campus

    Highlands University has been one of the leaders in setting up satellite campuses around the state. Currently, the school has seven off-campus sites — Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Raton, Española, Farmington and Santa Fe.


    Now, legislative leaders looking for ways to cut the state budget have questioned the need for state universities to have so many branches. That’s a reasonable line of inquiry.

  • Mora sheriff should step aside

    Last week, the state police arrested a Mora County Sheriff’s Department transport officer who was found passed out drunk in his government vehicle along Interstate 25. His blood-alcohol level was .30, more than three times the state’s presumed level of intoxication.


    The department’s leader is ostensibly Sheriff Roy Cordova. But he is no longer the full-time sheriff. He recently got a full-time sheriff’s deputy’s job in Valencia County. So he’s working only part of the time in Mora County.

  • Support the bond issues

    As in many elections years, voters next week will be asked to approve the issuance of bonds to pay for capital improvements across the state.


    The four bond issues before the electorate are senior center improvements and acquisitions, library acquisitions, public school capital improvements, and capital improvements and acquisitions for institutions of higher education.

  • Accept the contract

    The city of Las Vegas should be commended for its proposed contract with the Fiesta Council, which organizes the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas.


    The agreement would only last through July 15, a couple of weeks after the 2011 Fiestas. The city would provide the council with enhanced oversight because of the group’s many problems recently. Hopefully, it’s only a temporary arrangement.