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Today's Opinions

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the West Las Vegas Middle School, I would like to thank the community for making our second annual “Education Awareness Expo” held on March 23 such a success.  

  • LETTER: Mud racers good for community

    During the last several months there have been many news stories that have cast a dark cloud over Las Vegas. We as a community have taken a beating and need to stand up a support our young community members by acknowledging and focusing on the many positive activities that go on around us. We need to put the bad stuff behind us and call attention to those who have made us proud and focus on what is good about our youth.

  • COLUMN: Proudly independent sheriffs

    If a Martian landed in a Western county, he wouldn’t ask to see the head of the state police or the county manager. He’d demand to speak to the sheriff.

    In the West and throughout the United States, the sheriff is an enduring symbol of power. He runs law enforcement in his county, and he won’t let anyone mess with him, let alone bureaucrats.

    It may work that way in some places, but not in most of the counties in northern New Mexico.

  • EDITORIAL: Inappropriate spending spree

    We wish public officials would more frequently ask the question, “What if this makes the newspaper?”

    It’s likely that Mora school officials didn’t ask this question when they went on a spending spree for legislators. Through a public records request, this newspaper discovered that the district spent thousands of dollars for perks for state legislators and Mora school officials.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The San Miguel County DWI Program would like to thank Pink Carnation Florist owner Patrick Padilla for their help with getting the message out to local students who attended prom.  The Pink Carnation Florist placed stickers on flower boxes for prom to remind them to stay sober and safe on prom night.

    Leonor Encinias

    DWI Prevention Specialist

  • COLUMN: Taking chances

    Check out the news, read the papers, talk to friends and acquaintances; we are going through hard times.

    But is that anything new?  I wonder if scanning “The Book of Job” could give us some insight on the issue.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    CONTINUING FORWARD MOMENTUM. The Highlands University Board of Regents and the Faculty Association reached an agreement last week that effectively ends a months-long dispute between the administration and educators. The new contract includes salary increases retroactive to the beginning of this academic year and changes in the school’s grievance, evaluation, promotion and tenure policies.

    A lot of improvements have been taking place at Highlands since President Jim Fries took over, so it’s good to see this issue resolved and the momentum continuing.

  • LETTER: The details are important

    When I was taking journalism classes at the University of New Mexico, one of the most embarrassing lessons I learned was from a crusty old professor who used to be an editor at a daily paper.

    He had been retired from that job for years, but he still embodied what I thought was the typical image of an old school editor. He was slightly rotund, he always wore a starched white shirt with a few ink stains on it, and occasionally a bow tie. His voice was deep and gravelly, like he had spent a couple decades chomping on a cigar.