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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Luna opening its doors

    At one time, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees spent most of its time behind closed doors. Such secrecy created much suspicion — and rightfully so.

    These days, the board doesn’t hold closed meetings. I can’t remember the last time it had one.

    That’s probably because of the new president, Pete Campos. I’m glad he convinced the board that nearly all of the college’s public business should be discussed in the open.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... MAKE SURE IT’S SOUND. Last week, the Las Vegas City Council delayed a decision on a proposed ordinance that would make it easier for landlords to avoid being held responsible for their tenants’ unpaid utility bills. The council opted to put the matter on hold until the ordinance is determined to be legally sound.

    This issue has been lingering for years. Let’s make sure that the ordinance, which looks good on the surface, will resolve the issue once and for all.

  • LETTER: We must hold them accountable

    With the recently released “torture memos,” we have evidence the U.S. has authorized torture in the past under the Bush administration.  We can’t afford to move on without first holding those responsible accountable.  

    I urge you to send a clear message to Congress and the White House by endorsing, in a newspaper editorial, accountability for those who designed and authorized the U.S. torture policies — policies which have endangered our national security and our national soul, and violated international law.

    Bernard Schaer

  • COLUMN: Time's a-wastin'

    The formidable challenges to public educational systems seem almost infinite, especially for those located in the economically and intellectually destitute environments of our racially and ethnically unbalanced inner cities (and in places like northern New Mexico).

  • EDITORIAL: Learning the ropes

    For anyone who hasn’t seen the Oliver Stone film “W,” we recommend it. It’s particularly interesting in the way it portrays George W. Bush and his relationship with his father, George H.W. Bush, and how that strained relationship helped define the son’s presidency.

    And of course, the duel Bush legacy is particularly interesting in that, while the son was more successful politically — after all, “W” had two terms in office; his father only one — “Poppy” Bush was by far the better president.

  • COLUMN: A strange birthday gift

    “You’re doing fine, Dad! You can make it.” With that, my youngest son Ben, less than half my age, entreated me as I climbed and descended a mountain — all part of his and his wife Heather’s gift on my birthday. I didn’t need a pep talk; I needed some horse liniment.

  • EDITORIAL: Earth Day

    So this is Earth Day, a moment in which most of us give little more than lip service to the world we live on. But in recent years, it seems there’s been a growing national consciousness in recent years. Maybe it was Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” that shifted our focus from feel-good environmentalism to real-world talk about carbon footprints. Or maybe it was the war in Iraq, which has highlighted our need to be less independent on foreign oil, but Americans are clearly “thinking green” as never before.

  • EDITORIAL: A setback at City Hall

    The city’s auditing firm last week requested authority to launch a thorough investigation into the utilities department’s finances. Jeff McWhorter from Albuquerque-based Accounting & Consulting Group told the council that he found “anomalies” in billing records at the department.