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Today's Opinions

  • Loehr right about higher ed plan

    John Loehr’s column in last Friday’s paper was excellent in every respect. He should be complimented on calling attention to one of the worst ongoing scandals in state government.

    I hope Gov. Susana Martinez follows his advice, shreds the plan proposed by the state Higher Education leadership and brings sound government back to our state. All of us deserve no less.  

    Pat Patrick
    Rociada

  • Nuestra Historia - Luis María Cabeza de Baca

    Sometime in 1820, Luis María Cabeza de Baca traveled from his home in Peña Blanca to Santa Fe, and then to San Miguel del Bado.

    Don Luis, as he was known, was apparently looking to expand the already large land holdings he owned in and around Peña Blanca, which is located in Sandoval County, west of La Bajada. In San Miguel he heard about lush and extensive pasture lands located along a river to the northeast, and he joined eight others from San Miguel in filing an application for a grant of those verdant vegas.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Our cup runneth over — somewhat

    It might be an understatement that the atmosphere is rife for much comment about goings-on in Las Vegas. Yet, that is my thesis. Whether we talk of the weather or of other current conditions or issues, there is much to be said.

    So, my sincere wishes for a happy and prosperous new year to all of you, but let’s get down to brass tacks, eh?

  • Your choices

    It’s clear that there’s considerable interest in this year’s school board elections — the turnout at last week’s forums demonstrated that. And for those who are still pondering whom to vote for, the Optic is producing an election guide, to be inserted in Friday’s paper, that’s packed with viewpoints and opinions from all 17 candidates running in the Las Vegas elections. Read their responses to our questions and you’ll have an even better idea where each candidate stands.

  • Work of Art: A picnic? You mean today?

    By Art Trujillo

    After having struck out on my own — trying to survive by publishing my own weekly newspaper in suburban Chicago, I returned to the Meadow City, in 1964.

    My smartest decision: re-enroll at Highlands University, the institution I had left five years earlier, following grades less than many-splendored. Pell Grants and lottery scholarships hadn’t been invented yet, so most students took a part-time job.

  • Forum impressions

    Moderator Alex Aragon and the Community Committee for Better Schools, which did the bulk of the work to make last week’s candidate forums successful, should be pleased with one thing over all else — the turnout. More than 200 people attended the West and East  forums, which is a good showing by any account. And while there were simply too many questions and not enough time to get to them all, the crowds themselves were a dramatic statement to the candidates. People in both districts are paying attention.

  • Publisher’s Note: The school board elections

    Last week was all about the school board elections. And this week is the big buildup to the grand finale.

    Already people are casting their ballot — early voting got under way a couple weeks ago. But Feb. 1 is election day, and 17 committed  candidates on the west and east sides of town will be whittled down to six elected officials.

  • Guantánamo still open 9 years later

    This January marks the ninth anniversary of the first prisoners arriving at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, and the second anniversary of the executive orders from President Obama requiring the closure of Guantánamo and halting the practice of torture.