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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias - Oct. 15, 2012

    Casa de Cultura is a community based organization that seeks to create a strong cultural environment in Las Vegas and in Northern New Mexico. One of the strategic objectives of Casa is to present multicultural experiences for the citizens in efforts to help our people gain appreciation of other cultures.
    This year’s Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues was a rousing success with a rockin’ party on Friday night, Sept. 14, at the Plaza Hotel featuring Wayne Roper’s Unfinished Business and The Rudy Boy Experiment, one of Albuquerque’s great blues bands.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 12, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! NECESSARY CONCLUSION. Mora County resident Rudolph “Rudy” Muniz, 53, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and two counts of causing great bodily harm. The charges stem from a February accident at Lincoln and Grand avenues in Las Vegas.
    Muniz was reportedly driving drunk — his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit — when he ran a stop sign and was hit by another vehicle, resulting in the death of Muniz’s friend, Manuel Olivas, and the injury of two others.

  • Another Perspective - Water: A regional unifier

    Water is connected somehow to almost every aspect of our lives; from eating, hydrating and bathing to agriculture and recreation, we must have water to survive.

    Availability of water is also crucial to community vitality and economic development. Here in New Mexico, and particularly our northeastern region, water resources are scarce even in high-moisture years, but recent droughts have further underscored the need to be careful about how we use this resource.

  • Finding help and more in Las Vegas

    While attending the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees (NMAER) Convention in Las Vegas (on Sept. 28-29), my car had a flat and ruined tire just after leaving the McDonald’s.

    The three kind men at BTU on Mills Street had to use a tractor with front-end loader and a large air tank (to fix the damage).

    Another young man led me, in his pickup, over to Duran’s Tire Shop. Mr. “just call me Walter” and his employee fixed the car, etc. These six men went way beyond the second miles (to assist).

  • Early closure, more preparation

    I am writing in to you on the day I’m supposed to be vying for a Master’s World Championship. Competition within the International BJJ Federation which requires several levels of credentialing which I did receive. However, while in the process, the tournament brackets closed early, partly caused by the Master’s Mundial being held in the USA for the first time. Two of my teammates from the Santa Fe BJJ Academy are in the same situation.

  • Clarifying previous letter

    Let me correct the interpretation of my letter to the editor, “From God to Government,” by Mr. Deemer.

    First, I agree with the majority of his comment. My point is not that faith and government are mutually exclusive, but that as a society moves away from the moral values of traditional religions, it invariably leads to more government. That’s exactly what I see happening in this country today, and the upcoming election provides an opportunity to change that.

  • Nuestra Historia - West system rooted in early Catholic schools

    For more than 30 years after Las Vegas was founded in 1835, there was no organized educational instruction available in the fledgling settlement. As was customary in New Mexico at the time, local clergy, if any, provided the little formal education available, though wealthy families often retained live-in tutors.

  • Another Perspective - Medicare’s open enrollment

    By Bob Moos

    Now’s the time for New Mexico residents with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2013.
    Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from this coming Monday, Oct. 15, until Dec. 7.
    Open enrollment is the best time to make sure your health and drug plans still meet your individual needs, especially if you’ve had any changes in your health.
    By now insurers should have notified you of any adjustments in your health or drug coverage or any changes in your out-of-pocket costs for next year.