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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Our take on amendments

    On Nov. 2, voters will decide on five proposed state constitutional amendments. Here are our opinions on them:

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  • Buying our votes, 2010

    The governor’s race is the most obvious case in point. Tune in to local radio or Albuquerque television for very long and you’re sure to get an ample dose of creative negativity and bold-faced hypocrisy. You can catch one of Susana Martinez’s ads hammering home Diane Denish’s misuse of taxpayer funds, or a Denish ad that rails against Martinez’s dark and sinister out-of-state connections.

  • Mora sheriff is double-dipping

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova is another example of what’s so wrong with government. A few weeks ago, he took a job as a sheriff’s deputy in Valencia County.


    By his own undersheriff’s account, Cordova is now working only 16 to 24 hours a week as sheriff. But, of course, Cordova, whose Mora salary is more than $40,000 a year, is collecting his full paycheck.


    Cordova is probably not happy with the fact that he lost the Democratic primary in June. Could he now be taking it out on the taxpayers of Mora County?

  • Our take on the amendments

    Here are the Las Vegas Optic’s positions on the five state constitutional amendments that are coming before New Mexico voters in the general election:

  • Word play, lies and spin

    From time to time, the media have been criticized for avoiding the word “lie.” Instead, when a newsmaker is caught in a fabrication of the truth, journalists tend to prefer milder terminology, such as “mislead” or “stretch the truth.” We at the Optic are no exception; we don’t like to accuse someone of lying unless it is blatantly obvious that he or she intentionally did so.

  • Activism and 40 years

    Activism comes in many forms. Sometimes it comes from someone who is independently wealthy and wants to give something back. Other times, it’s from someone who started at or near the bottom and learned to fight for the rights of the disenfranchised. In Las Vegas last week we saw examples of both, when Robert Kennedy Jr., son of the late attorney general, senator and presidential candidate, visited alongside Arturo Rodriquez, president of the United Farm Workers of America.