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Today's Opinions

  • Another perspective: Dividing our blended state

    Raised in Northern New Mexico, in Mora County, I spoke Spanish as my first language. This was the only language I spoke at home and it was commonplace in our community to speak Spanish at the bank, the market, and among  our neighbors.

    Until I started school in the fall of 1955 I never thought of speaking English on a regular basis. It was a language foreign to me; I had heard my older brother and sisters speak it only in passing.

  • Grateful for another term

    Allow me to express my heartfelt gratitude to the voters of the Mora Independent School District for electing me to an unprecedented fifth term to the Board of Education. It has been an honor, a privilege and a joy to serve in this capacity for 16 years and I will continue to do my best to validate those who believe in my capabilities and who have entrusted me with this awesome responsibility.

  • Praise for the art scene in Las Vegas

    Recently I had the opportunity to look through the Guia de los Artistas. I was highly impressed with, one, the quality of the guide itself and, two, the level of talent displayed by the artists inside.

    It’s good to know there is such a vibrant art scene with my neighbors to the east. Keep up the good work!

    Robert M. Copeland
    Santa Fe

  • Level 5 leadership

    Have you ever heard of Level 5 leadership? It’s a concept that was first advanced by business consultant and author Jim Collins in his book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap And Others Don’t. And while the Las Vegas City Schools district isn’t a business, the concept is a good one to consider when hiring the district’s next superintendent.

  • Work of Art: Don’t go there

    By Art Trujillo

    As a student at Immaculate Conception School in the late ‘40s, I recall social studies units on The Great Depression, the Stock Market Crash of ‘29, and the concomitant suffering that ensued.

    Well in those days, we were a lot closer to the tumultuous times of the early 20th century, and the biggest lesson I took home — and into my adulthood — was the fact that many people lost their fortunes. “Many millions of people lost everything they had,” intoned Sister Macarena, our fifth-grade teacher.

  • Climate change

    The scientific consensus is that humans are probably causing climate change (also known as global warming because that’s where the problem begins). But the economic and poltical consensus seems to be that we can’t do anything about it — at least not fast enough.

    In other words, it may be too late to stop it.

  • Publisher's Note: What the numbers say

    I did a little number crunching on the school board elections last week, and discovered some interesting tidbits.

    One of the things I found was that, while turnout was low for West’s election, it wasn’t bad on the east side.

    First, let me point out that the numbers I use below are by no means “official,” but that doesn’t mean they’re inaccurate. I gleaned them from Optic reports on the last three school board elections — in 2007, 2009 and last week.

  • Mora commission making progress

    I attended the second Mora County Commission meeting of the new administration on Jan. 11.  I was very impressed by the tone of openness, transparency and professionalism that was set by the new commission composed of Paula Garcia, chair, John Olivas and incumbent Laudente Quintana.

    The meeting room was full to overflowing and the citizens were able to witness and participate in an extended morning and afternoon session that covered a lot of urgent and important topics, including a presentation by state Rep. Thomas Garcia.