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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A PURPLE PLATE. We imagine there will be many people jockeying for the lower numbers if Highlands University succeeds in getting its own auto license plates. This kind of plate, available to the general public for an extra charge, is along the lines of the kind seen around town boasting the UNM Lobos. Our proposed plate is prettier. Designed by Highlands public information director Sean Weaver, it features a swath of purple across the top, with “HU” in large letters and “New Mexico Highlands” at the base.

  • Letter: Don't let up in the public land fight

    On behalf of the hundreds of interested people whom I have had the pleasure of working beside on the protest to what we define as an assault on the people of New Mexico, I would like to thank Attorney General King and his office, and the New Mexico Supreme Court for taking legal action against Public Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons and his office.

  • Letter: Responding to fire complicated

    This is in response to the letter to the editor, “No quick extraction” by Paul Anthony Maes (Dec. 18.) If you are or were ever a firefighter, you would know that the police dispatcher of the Las Vegas Police Department is the one who dispatches the fire truck. You would also know that when the fire department receives the call of distress from the police dispatcher, the firefighters have to gear up, which by the way is set for the fastest possible time by the way the gear is laid out by the responders’ unit.

  • Letter: Protecting our way of life

    As a guide/outfitter, sportsman, recreationalist, land grant heir, and “Norteño” in northern New Mexico, I depend on the nearby wild and undeveloped public lands for the welfare of my business and my family’s well-being. Having public land available to hunt, fish and hike on is the foundation of my livelihood. That’s one reason I feel strongly about the need to protect the Whites Peak land swap that is taking place just north of Ocate in Mora County.

  • Letter: Highlands hurting its neighbors

    I attended the New Mexico Highlands University Master Plan public meeting on Jan. 27 with several of my neighbors, including the Cordovas who have lived in their home next door to me for over 50 years. Highlands presented three Master Plans (A, B, C) at its previous public meeting in the spring of 2009. Plan B involved demolishing our homes for a parking lot.

  • Editorial: No good excuses

    We were amazed last year when the state announced that Sierra Vista Elementary School was No. 40 on the state list for demolition. Recently, officials announced that the school is now at No. 14.

    And Sierra Vista is only a little more than 20 years old.

    Whatever way you cut it, the taxpayers have been failed if a relatively new building needs to be leveled. Officials say a leaky roof has caused deterioration to the building.

  • Work of Art: The benefits of laughter

    Several people commented on the piece about the demolition of Mortimer Hall, the Highlands building at Eighth and National that was cleared to make room for a new student center. In that building, as mentioned in a previous column, was “The Door.” On it I kept humorous headlines from various newspapers.

    In one move around Mortimer Hall, it was easier to move the entire door to a new location than to apply an Exacto knife to remove the clippings. But let’s be clear: The door was of the standard institutional variety, and it held up pounds of profundity.

  • Letter: Anonymous comments cowardly

    This is my second letter to the Optic regarding (online reader comments) about Phil Warfield (Re: front-page story on Jan. 29). The first was Jan. 30 sent by the Postal Service and today, Feb. 2, sent by e-mail.