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Today's Opinions

  • WORK OF ART: Words lose their meaning

    Words are meaningless. Well, some words. Let me explain: There actually were good old days when a handshake sealed a deal, when people who promised to pay actually came through, when people didn’t need to get into the “did not/did too” entanglement.

    Nowadays, too many words tend to be laden with sarcasm. The last time you heard someone say, “excuuuze me,” “sorrry” or “You’re so-oo much help” you probably weren’t seduced by notions of sincerity.

  • AS IT IS: A secrecy-obsessed attorney

    Las Vegas City Attorney Carlos Quiñones often prefers government secrecy.  

    He would be doing the public he serves a great favor if he were to make openness the rule, not the exception.

    Unfortunately, he falls into the trap that many attorneys do — only reveal what you absolutely need to, and nothing more.

    A few months ago, we found out that a City Council quorum was discussing city business outside of public meetings via e-mail, a practice denounced by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I am writing to express my thanks to the DAs Office and the New Mexico State Police for their recent work in identifying and arresting several of the individuals responsible for break-ins and burglaries over the past year in our neighborhood in Mineral Hill. Your continued attention and presence is appreciated.

    Chris Nelson

    Mineral Hill

     

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    On August 9, the Ride To Pride 4-H and Junior Rodeo Club hosted the finals for its 2009 Junior Rodeo Playday Series. The summer event consisted of a series of three Playdays with awards through fifth place going out to Boosters, Novice, Juniors, Seniors and an Open Division. A great family event, competitors from all over New Mexico ranging in ages 5 to 46 competed in speed and roping events.

  • EDITORIAL: Consolidation conversation

    This newspaper is in the business of conversations. We initiate them. We participate in them. We encourage them. We believe that the more our community is engaged in healthy conversation and debate, the more likely we are to find solutions to the challenges we face.

  • LETTER: Making Mineral Hill safe again

    The past several months have been difficult for those of us who live in the Mineral Hill area. We have endured multiple burglaries  that keep us on the edge of our seat.  I must say that the district attorney’s office and the state police have provided us with investigative resources that continue to help us pursue these individuals. I applaud their efforts and want to encourage them to continue to apply resources so we can resolve these crimes.  

  • THUMBS: Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up

    WISE DECISION. We want to give a BIG thumbs up to the East school district, for doing what had to be done. Superintendent Rick Romero announced this week that Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana has been fired. Six months ago, the math teacher and golf coach was placed on paid leave stemming from allegations that he had sex on multiple occasions with a student.

  • DULCEY AMARGO: Discarding shoulda bags

    Like many women (and often, these days, men), I carry a shoulder bag almost everywhere I go. Back in the ‘60s it was a handbag, but through the years it has gained in volume and capacity. In an earlier column, I referred to the convenience or perhaps vanity of “being prepared” for any eventuality with the contents of my purse. There’s been a slight change of perspective recently.