Today's Opinions

  • Local elections too complicated

    I just got home from voting in the local election and I cannot believe how elections are run in the state of New Mexico. This is only my third election here. In the first election four years ago, I cast an early ballot. Two years ago I voted at the Union Street School and I made the assumption that was my voting location and the ward I was assigned to.     

  • Fracking ban only option

    The oil and natural gas lobby has succeeded in its goal to prevent an oil and gas drilling ordinance for San Miguel County that likely would not have been in their favor.

  • City facing many challenges

    Allow me to take this opportunity to thank the people of Las Vegas for all your support during this past election. It is wonderful that individuals like you take the time to volunteer yourselves in an effort to better our community. It is because of people like you that I am encouraged to run for office and to devote my time to addressing the needs of the people of Las Vegas.

  • Abuse of dogs takes many forms

    Ask an Alaskan if tethering one’s husky is cruel? They will laugh, but of course they know how to tether a dog properly. But see, here is a breed-appropriate situation; huskies do well in winter, but will need shade in summer. A doberman will do fine outdoors in summer but will also need shade and accommodations for warmth in the extreme cold of winter.

  • Governor serving large corporations

    Gov. Martinez’ unfortunate veto of Senate Bill 9, leaving open New Mexico’s corporate tax loophole, is just the latest indication of our governor’s true constituency—the large multi-state corporations who compete unfairly against local businesses.

    An unprecedented outpouring of public support for Sen. Wirth’s bill was ignored, and tens of millions of dollars of annual revenue will remain absent from our state’s coffers.

  • Dodge’s power grabs should be stopped

    If City Manager Timothy Dodge and company swore in Mr. Vince Howell, does that mean we now have to pay an extra councilperson? Are we now to pay for five people on our City Council? How much rein are we to give Dodge before someone tells him his place and job description?

  • Graduating high school

    Nationally, it’s a bit of good news. Not so much for New Mexico.  

  • Work of Art — Battling the elements

    Edward Flores, limping, fearing frostbite and distraught over marital problems and separation from his sons, is also without a car.

    It’s a strange tale, as circuitous as the routes he followed to get to Las Vegas, all of it occurring within the past two weeks. Part of the odyssey consumed much of last Saturday, through the winding, twisting cow-paths of eastern San Miguel and northern Guadalupe counties, as he and volunteers went in search of his car.