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Letters

  • The meaning of Lent, and beyond

    Lent is right around the corner, and I have been asked by my non-Catholic friends why Catholics put ashes on their foreheads, the first Wednesday of Lent.

    The way I always understood, this tradition goes back to the early Christians, and the Catholic church has continued the tradition throughout the years.

  • Seeking a home, forgiveness

    I am a psychiatrist and a traditional Catholic priest. I am also manic depressive, bipolar Type I. I have been taking lithium carbonate for many years.  

    I first worked at Las Vegas Medical Center in 1990 as a resident, most recently as a psychiatrist from May 2000 to May 2005.  I did not tell anyone of my diagnosis because of discrimination I have experienced in the past. Apparently my lithium stopped working during my most recent time at Las Vegas.  

  • Negotiate, don’t litigate

    For more than 50 years our city leaders pursued a policy of legal action to acquire water from the Gallinas River that had no foundation in New Mexico law. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of tax dollars, were expended litigating the “Pueblo Water Rights Doctrine” starting in the 1950s. When the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against the doctrine, a return to “the rule of law” in water rights should have been established. Instead, the court found the city had a “reliance interest claim” due to the prolonged court battle.

  • Response to co-op letter

    We read Bridget Maloney’s letter to the editor (published March 4), “A report on co-op meeting” with disappointment and disbelief. Maloney’s “report” grossly distorts recent events and damages the good reputations of our employees and board members.

    To set the record straight, no board member faces criminal charges. Maloney’s insinuations to the contrary are false and irresponsible. She is not a news reporter.

  • Education is a security issue

    As a retired general and former head of the New Mexico National Guard, I view proposed cuts to early care and education programs as more than just a local problem for parents of young children.  These cuts represent a serious threat to our national security.

    Consider this: In New Mexico, one in three of our high school students fails to graduate on time. Among those who do graduate, more than one in four seeking to join in the Army cannot enlist because of low scores on the military’s basic entrance exam in math, literacy and problem solving.  ...

  • There’s too much labeling, judging

    I turned on the news this morning and the incident about the kindergarten child, the teacher, and the other students’ behavior toward him, did not surprise me at all.

    Whether we want to deny it, or try to find explanations, we have to admit that abuse does happen in our educational system. It’s not only in Mora County, but all over the nation.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas branch of the AAUW thanks the community for its enthusiastic support of the annual used book sale held recently. The proceeds from the sale of the books go to provide scholarship assistance for New Mexico Highlands University women.

    Thank you for your generous donations of books and your willingness to buy more to take home.

  • A report on co-op meeting

    Several Mora San Miguel Electric Cooperative members requested, in advance, to be placed on the Feb. 24 agenda for the monthly meeting of the MSMEC Board of Trustees to ask questions, present concerns about the troubled state of the co-op, and to formally charge that serious policy abuses have been taking place.  

  • Mil Gracias

    The Salvation Army of Las vegas wishes to thank everyone who participated in our bell ringing campaign during the 2010 Christmas season.

  • True Grit a great tale

    True Grit is a movie based on a novel of the same name. The book relates an interesting detail left out of the movie: “I found myself in need of a road stake and I robbed one of them high-interest banks,” says Rooster Cogburn.  “Thought I was doing a good service. You can’t rob a thief, can you?”

    “It is all stealing,” Mattie Ross replies.

    “That was the position they taken in Las Vegas, New Mexico,” said Cogburn. “I had to fly for my life.”