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Today's Opinions

  • Support for strong cap

    I support the Environmental Improvement Board’s rulemaking efforts to protect my family and community from the consequences of carbon pollution. I know that by adopting a strong cap on carbon pollution, the board will be helping to prevent New Mexicans from developing asthma, protect my community’s drinking water, and provide new green jobs for hardworking New Mexicans.

    Leon Bustos
    Las Vegas

    Editor’s note: This note, in the form of a letter to the editor, was sent in by seven other Las Vegas residents.

  • Caring for the animals

    Paul McCartney reportedly said, “You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” If that’s the case, we as a community have plenty of room for improvement. It’s not uncommon to see stray dogs and cats wandering our streets, often abandoned or dumped by their owners, or seeing dogs living their lives bound to a chain while their owners ignore all but their most basic needs of food and water.

    But, overall, we are a compassionate community, and we know we can do better than that.

  • Work of Art: Sweatin’ to the newbies

    By Art Trujillo

    It’s around this time of the year when people’s visits to doctors increase. And doctors often say such an increase is expected around the holidays. We overeat.

    ‘Twas the season to gormandize on turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, yams and the full spectrum of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s edibles.

  • Cleaning up this town

    Joe Aragon Jr. and his son Joe Aragon III are justified in their frustration with the city’s solid waste transfer station. It’s unnecessarily messy, with trash blowing all over the place on a regular basis. So when they complain to city officials that they regularly have to pick up the city’s trash on their neighboring property, it’s believable. And when they say it’s not just a transfer station, that it’s a dump and a junkyard to boot, no one can really argue with them.

  • Publisher’s Note: Candidate forums

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño called last week, relaying a concern he heard about the upcoming school board candidate forums. He wondered if the east-side forum might be skewed in favor of two candidates in particular — Felix Alderete and Ricky Serna — since they are members of the Community Committee for Better Schools.

    That committee is co-sponsoring both forums — for West’s candidates on Jan. 18 and for East’s on Jan. 20 — along with the Optic.

  • ‘It’s the thought that counts’

    As I celebrated my birthday, I was thankful for another year of life. I would also like to thank everyone in Mora and San Miguel counties who have made a difference in my life. I look back, and one incident stands out in my mind.

    One year the Mora Fiesta Committeee had a “dunking booth.” I felt that if I volunteered to get  dunked I would make a lot of money for the county. I never learned how to swim, so after the first dunk, I felt I was going to drown, so there went that idea.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    RIGHT DIRECTION. As staunch believers in openness in government, we applaud the efforts of the Community Committee for Better School to have a say in the selection of a new superintendent in the East district. Also commendable is the reaction of school board President Gabe Lucero, who says he’s open to the committee’s participation. He even extends the invitation to current candidates, which totals nine on the East-side ballot.

  • To the Point: Resuscitating Marie Antoinette

    I’ve always thought of progressive taxation — the more you make, the more you pay — as a universally advantageous alternative to revolution.

    I recall that I first learned this heretical distinction during my liberal arts education at Highlands, which included reading Montaigne, Bentham, Hume, Locke, Smith and others of their ilk. I don’t know that these stalwarts are still on the required reading lists, but there might be some gain if they were.