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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the students of Robertson High School we would like to thank all of the school board candidates for attending the Las Vegas City Schools school board forum and the various community members who attended.

    We would also like to thank Mr. Eddie King and Mrs. Charlene Jiron for allowing us to hold this forum, also for providing some refreshments. Thank you to Mr. Wallace Sanchez for allowing the use of the band room. As well as Mr. David Hill and Ms. Brenda Ortega-Benavidez for their continued support in student government.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    IT WAS SO COLD THAT ...

    • People were leaving their freezer doors open just to warm up.

    • We saw someone rubbing two icicles together, hoping for a spark.

    • That place where all the bad people go really did freeze over.

  • To the Point: Ahead of the ax

    Highlands University folks have been commenting on their institutional expectations under new Gov. Susana “La Tejana” Martinez. Their expression demonstrates some justifiable angst.

  • Death penalty cases waste money

    I thought Gov. Susana Martinez was concerned about the cost of government and a record revenue shortfall. Now I hear she wants to bring back capital punishment?

    One person, a “volunteer,” has been executed in New Mexico since 1960 at a cost of well over $200 million. Death penalty cases in New Mexico cost about six times as much as other murder cases. The public Defender’s office alone will save several million dollars a year.

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas is born

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Special to the Optic

    Even before 1835, farmers and ranchers from San Miguel had raised crops and grazed livestock on the lush meadows along the Rio Gallinas.  And as related in our last column,  Luis María Cabeza de Baca and his family had settled las vegas as early as 1820.

  • Another perspective: Learning from the past and moving forward

    By Paula Garcia

    Special to the Optic

    Mora County is known for both its beauty and also for its persistent, rural poverty.