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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 2, 2014

    THUMBS UP! 6,890 POUNDS OF TRASH
    The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance and close to 100 volunteers spent this past weekend picking up trash for the second annual Gallinas River Clean-up. Numerous organizations came together for the effort. The result: 6,890 pounds of trash and debris was collected from the Gallinas River. Thank you to everyone who took part.

    THUMBS UP TAX TIME HELP

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 2, 2014
  • Voters made the right choice

    Congratulations to Tonita for her well deserved, hard fought and clean run-off win. Tonita’s victory has broken the cycle of the influence of self-seeking individuals, affluent citizens, selective business owners, political cronies and big money which have divided our community for many decades. With Tonita’s win along with councilman David Romero’s re-election the people will continue to have a voice as our community moves forward.

  • Water belongs to the soil

    Several weeks ago, I sat through one week of court proceedings where many city hired “water experts” and two attorneys promoted the idea, the water in the Rio Gallinas should belong to the city. My imagination started to wonder what could happen in 15 or 20 years when a few city elected officials took control of all the water in the river.

    I feel the water belongs to the soil where river bottom land may be needed to produce food for future generations.

  • Writer responds to criticism

    Right to Life ,  Right to Free Speech and  Right to Property!

    This letter is in response to the letter  published in the Las Vegas Optic dated April 25 titled: “Everyone has a right to free speech” and signed by Rosalie Regensberg.

    First, “Foolish words fall on deaf ears.” In my opinion the message  in my letter is more important than to  distract attention to the readers with arguments far from the reality in my letter. That would be the subject  of another letter.

  • Nuestra Historia - Texas invasion foiled, Gov. Armijo rallied in LV

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    What has become an obscure footnote in both our local and New Mexico history, is the futile Texas invasion of San Miguel county in 1841, or what most historians have downplayed as the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition. It occurred here five years before General Kearny, leading the Army of the West, proclaimed in Las Vegas on Aug. 15 1846, the occupation and annexation of New Mexico by the United States.     

    These are the facts:

  • Mil Gracias - May 2, 2014

    April 28 through May 2 is Jury Appreciation Week. The Fourth Judicial District Court would like to extend its gratitude to all the citizens of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe Counties who serve on jury duty.
    Chief Judge Abigail Aragon, Judge Matthew Sandoval and Judge Gerald E. Baca would like to update the public on the improvements made by the Fourth Judicial District Court to jury service.
    Effective May 1, a toll free jury number (1-844-454-2955) will be provided to jurors who are out of the 505 calling area so that jurors do not incur long distance phone costs.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 2, 2014

    The Associated Press
    The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer on a smaller Army (April 26):
    It wasn’t long ago that the Army was 570,000 soldiers deep. With two wars underway and other commitments around the world, that’s what it took.
    Now, with Iraq behind us and Afghanistan winding down, Washington budget-writers are calling for big military staffing cuts. The Army is already down to about 522,000 solders. The projection is 490,000 by late next year and 450,000 two years later.