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Editorials

  • The flag represens freedom

    Last year, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama quit wearing his flag lapel pin on a regular basis. He said he thought the pin was a substitute for true patriotism.

    This may actually become an issue in this year’s presidential campaign — a distraction from the more important matters at hand, but an issue nonetheless.

    Never mind that both Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Obama’s former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, don’t wear such pins. Some on the far right are whispering that Obama doesn’t love his country.

  • Leger, Lucero for commission

    San Miguel County’s government is arguably the best-run in the area. That’s to the credit of the county manager, his staff and the current County Commission.

    With two competitive races for commission in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, it’s important voters look at which candidates are best able to continue the progress and find ways to improve those areas of county government that are lagging.

  • Forums offer opportunity

    This week, area voters will get a chance to see the candidates for county and legislative offices up close and personally. If you want to vote as an informed citizen, here’s an opportunity to get educated on the candidates and where they stand on the issues.

  • Obama, race and America

    Last Monday, almost four score ago, Csar Chvez was born. Then, forty years ago this Friday, Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. And in between one man’s birthday and another man’s death, the world was changed for the better.Chvez and King started out as victims of the brutal racism that once helped define America, but they stood up to their oppressors and led their people to higher ground.

  • Elections make a difference

    It’s a wonderful thing about democracy: During an election, voters can elect someone who will more closely represent their concerns. Last month, that’s exactly what happened in the municipal election. Despite widespread concerns about high natural gas rates and cutoff of services to hundreds of residents, former Mayor Henry Sanchez’s response was consistent: We’re doing everything right.

  • Give names of applicants

    Last week, we agreed with Las Vegas City Schools board member Patrick Romero. This week, we’ll do just the opposite. At a recent meeting, Romero proposed the district hold forums for each superintendent finalist, so the public can ask questions. Romero’s colleagues, who insisted that only the board should have the right to ask questions, voted to shut the public out of the process.

  • Thumbs

    thumb up FINALLY, A DECISION. We have expressed our reservations — not so much with the man but with the duel role he will play, and the problems inherent with having a politician president — but now it’s time to move on, and for Luna Community College to go forward with its new president, state Sen. Pete Campos.He will fill out his contract as superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools district, which expires June 30, and start the job in July.

  • Another item for the call

    So Bill Richardson is back home, ready to sink his energy into state business once again. It’s coming at the right time, on the eve of this year’s 30-day legislative session.As he stood at the podium in the Roundhouse on Thursday, the governor vowed to jump post haste back in to the state’s business. In the session starting this week, he said he wants to pass a sweeping health insurance plan for the state — something we applaud enthusiastically.

  • Leadership toward unity

    Ours is a religiously eclectic community. Were mostly Catholic but theres also a strong Protestant presence, and beyond those theologies we have every kind of faith-based prospective imaginable and just about all of us are OK with that.

    Of course, the law of the land specifically our First Amendment right to worship as we please sets the national tone for religious tolerance but, still, there is a greater acceptance out here in the Southwest than in some other parts.

  • 2003 firing was a mistake

    Former West Las Vegas Superintendent Barbara Perea Casey, and her husband, Frank, a special education teacher’s aide, received $375,000 to settle a lawsuit over their 2003 firings.

    The settlement had the typical provisions: The district couldn’t say anything bad about them, and at the same time, West Las Vegas acknowledged no wrongdoing in the terminations.

    At first glance, that’s a bit unsatisfying.