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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Putting on the trout

    “Don’t forget ‘truchas,’” Joseph P. Santillanes yelled at me as I parked on Douglas and he crossed the street.

    Was the personable candidate for San Miguel County sheriff inviting me to have trout with him at Charlie’s Restaurant or at Dick’s?

    Hardly. Santillanes was reminding me that in my frequent attacks in my columns on words we use around here I’d omitted “truchas.”

    “Why don’t you write about truchas?” he asked.

  • Editorial: Scrutiny deserved

    All candidates for public office should expect scrutiny when it comes to their voter registrations. It’s not too much to ask that a candidate actually lives where he indicates on his registration.

    But somehow, it seems as if politicians often struggle with such issues — the latest being District 1 County Commissioner June Garcia.

    For 15 years, she was registered to vote at 220 Delgado St. Her predecessor and husband, LeRoy Garcia, also listed that address.

  • Letter: El Valle residents all in same boat

    Your news article about the proposed wind farm quoted rancher Gilbert Ortiz as saying, “Those against the wind turbines fear the impact on the area’s scenery ... and will bring any type of fear tactic to the picture.” He also stated, “The bulk of these people have just moved in the Valley. They don’t have a stake here.”

  • As It Is: The last of the movie rental stores

    The days of movie rental stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Last year, Blockbuster shut its doors, as it has in many places around the country.

    Recently, we learned that Movie Gallery on Seventh Street is planning to close as well. That, according to the Yellow Pages, leaves no other movie rental stores in Las Vegas (unless you count the Redbox vending machine in Wal Mart’s entrance).

  • Letter: An enormous step forward

    I’d like to say thank you to Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich and Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall for having the courage and vision to stick to their principles and vote for supporting the health care reform bill.

    They and all the other Democrats who did have created a change in our government perhaps far larger than anyone yet realizes. Business as usual, through monied lobbyists and bought media, should be much more difficult. Perhaps these congresspeople have succeeded in loosening the grip of the big corporations on policymaking.

  • Still needed in the GOP

    Recently, former New Mexico Gov. David Cargo visited Las Vegas, as he has done so many times before. And true to his nature, this lifelong Republican found friends at every turn in this overwhelmingly Democratic town.

    On radio and at this newspaper, he told the tales of his political trials and tribulations as though he were reliving the glory days of his illustrious past. Anyone who is familiar with him knows he’s quite the storyteller — he has a lot of fun remembering days gone by.

  • Letter: Seeking items from New Mexico

    Hi! I am a fifth-grade student at West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying geography and the history of the United States. I’m glad I have New Mexico because I like studying Native Americans. I would appreciate it if you could send me a map, some souvenirs, and some pictures.

    My teacher would like a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I appreciate your time. Thank you!

    Greg S. of Mrs Newlin’s Social Studies class

    West Ridge Elementary School

    1401 19th St., Harlan, IA 51537

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... AGENDAS NOT HELPFUL. The state Open Meetings Act requires that governing bodies produce a list of specific items -- otherwise known as an agenda -- to be discussed for their meetings. The attorney general’s office interprets this requirement to mean that interested members of the public are given reasonable notice about the topics a public body plans to address. It advises against using broad or vague terms.