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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Slap in the face to service members

    I have put my life on the line for New Mexico and the United States for 22 years, and I know the sacrifices our men and women in the armed forces willingly give for all U.S. citizens. I feel it is a slap in the face to all these men and women for the mayor and council of Las Vegas to propose a resolution opposing the Cannon (Air Force Base) plan. The safety of the flight crews depends on the training they get and the terrain in northern New Mexico is what they need and, yes, there are risks. Mostly to the flight crews but they are used to that.

  • Letter: City should apply law equally

    The city of Las Vegas recently passed a revised water conservation Ordinance No. 09-18 that restricts water usage, that is, unless your have political connections.

  • Letter: BP has ultimate responsibility

    Although oil may have stopped spewing from BP’s blown well in the Gulf of Mexico, the battle to combat its effects on wildlife populations will continue for years to come. Calling wetland habitat and wildlife “the voiceless and voteless victims of the Deepwater Horizons tragedy,” the Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge and support groups from other National Wildlife Refuges in New Mexico have contributed $2,850 to a national fund for immediate relief.  

  • Letter: Let's not pass the buck

    I agree with Sen. Phil Griego’s comment on KFUN that San Miguel County needs to “buck up“ and accept alternative energy. But I disagree that an industrial wind farm on its National Scenic Byway is the way to do it.

    Individuals can “buck up” at home and work, by turning off unused lights and appliances, using compact florescent light bulbs, weatherstripping, installing skylights, investing in rooftop solar systems, driving conservatively, recycling at the Las Vegas Reclamation Center.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... UNCHANGED POLICY. Richard Grogan, Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s CEO, is leaving Las Vegas for another position in the Philadelphia area. We wish him well in his new endeavor.

  • Editorial: Fiesta Council turns petty

    The Fiesta Council acts as if it has no problems. Yet it botched this year’s event schedule, turned in a late permit to the city, forgot to ask for an appropriation from the city and hasn’t produced a financial report in months.

    Instead of dealing with these shortcomings, the council has unfairly aimed its fire at 2009 Fiesta queen Carmela Montoya. This barrage has been an embarrassment — not for Montoya but for every one of the Fiesta Council members (and to an extent, our community).

  • Work of Art: Addicted to BlackBerries

    Trying to catch a few winks after a particularly long, bumpy flight from Copenhagen to Minneapolis, on an airport bench specifically designed to prevent waiting passengers from snoozing, I grew annoyed at somebody.

    So did hundreds of drained passengers trying to cop a few zees, while a man with a bellicose voice prevented any slumbering.

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial: Recycling opportunity

    Las Vegas impressed some people last week, with a sizable turnout to a recycling meeting on the Highlands University campus. Alex Aragon, chairman of the city’s recycling task force who moderated the event, said members of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition were astonished with how many local people took an active interest in what they had to say.