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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letter: Letter to a group of special youth

    This letter is addressed to the students from San Miguel and Mora counties who were pictured in the paper on March 19.

    Congratulations to all of you for your accomplishment, your academic achievements are a pride to your parents, your school and your community.

    You are all very special youth, with special talents.

    Follow your dreams and don’t even give up. You were chosen to be leaders and role models for your peers.

  • Letter: Don't gamble with our future

    Mora County voters have put together an effective team of county commissioners who have made significant accomplishments. Through their leadership and vision, Mora County has made several improvements on many fronts, such as:

    • The county budget has been balanced and has been brought out of the red, in spite of the difficult economic times.

    • County employees were brought from a 32-hour work week to a 40-hours work week in order to serve the public effectively.

  • Letter: Religious traditions valued

    It was very disheartening to me and a large majority of the population of this town to read a recent letter that criticizes us who on Ash Wednesday participated in practicing a religious tradition we deeply believe in.

  • Editorial: Tragedy, but still hoping

    Once again, incidents and alleged incidents of driving while intoxicated are all over the pages of this newspaper. In just two editions of the Optic, we find tragedy, outrage and a glimmer of hope.

    Last week, a too-familiar nightmare took place. A driver, suspected of being drunk, crossed over the Interstate 25 median and crashed head-on into an another traveler’s vehicle. Gone are Cecilio Jaramillo,  28, of Santa Fe, the suspected drunken driver, and Mariah Arguello, 18, of Las Vegas, who was just getting started in life.

  • Letter: Wary of the impact of consolidation

    You needn’t go very far to find those opposed to “change agents.”  The citizens of West Las Vegas were the most adamant for consolidating the two “cities,” but the Las Vegas Daily Optic opposed that consolidation just as adamantly.  I am sure you can find those stories in your own archives.

  • Work of Art: Grand Avenue in the '50s

    The construction that made Grand Avenue a true four-lane highway took place in the early ‘50s. Traffic got routed through Railroad Avenue and even New Mexico Avenue during the several months that improvements took place.

    This month, a $4.4 million project began on the same stretch of road. The news of the project has sparked memories about the major job some 60 years ago.

    Before the ‘50s project, the pavement covered only two lanes, the rest being dirt and gravel, and even the slightest sprinkle of rain managed to get cars stuck.

  • Letter: A nationwide crisis in our schools

    I’m sure you’ve seen and read many news reports lately regarding the crisis our schools are facing nationally and locally. The lack of money to support our current educational system is most often the major concern. Approximately $98 billion in stimulus funding was provided states to support education throughout the nation. New Mexico also received support from the stimulus monies. When the stimulus monies run out this next year, some states are projecting a meltdown of schools and universities.