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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Compromise needed

    Our society needs to eliminate any unnecessary bureaucracy that keeps officers from doing their jobs. Unfortunately, a policy at the San Miguel County jail may be keeping cops off the streets.

    Both state and city police officials have criticized a jail policy that requires medical clearances for all DWI offenders. The jail’s warden insists the policy has been in place for years, while the police agencies contend it has been in effect for just a few weeks. Maybe the jail enacted the policy long ago, but it appears that jailers hadn’t been enforcing it until lately.

  • LETTER: Choice decoration along Interstate 25

    It’s been a pet peeve of mine for several years. On and off the air. Every time I drive into town to check the mail, go to the bank or run other errands, I hop on Interstate 25, exit 347 and off the middle exit. And every time I admire the choice decorations of wrecked cars, old trucks, gutted school buses, single wides with their roofs flapping in the breeze, 18-wheelers and mountains of wooden pallets along that stretch of I-25.

  • EDITORIAL: Growing the economy

    Last week President-elect Barack Obama laid the hammer down. On Thursday he called upon Congress to “act boldly and act now” to address an economy in peril, by enacting tax cuts and government spending measures totaling as much as $1 trillion. Using his strongest words so far, Obama outlined a nightmare scenario that included a recession that lasts for years and unemployment in the double digits.

  • COLUMN: What it was — back then

    The New Year has ushered in some nice or not-so-nice weather — wind, snow, even sunshine. It reminds one of the old exaggeration, “When I was your age, we had to walk X miles to school in all kinds of weather, uphill both ways.”

    Incidentally, in my hometown, Gallup, walking uphill both ways was a truism; no matter where you started out, there was a hill to climb — no kidding! We call our residential Green Street “Elephant Hill.”

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1131 in Mora, we bid farewell to Ricky, with much respect and honor for his service to our auxiliary, as a faithful friend and talented correspondent in promoting our needs in the Las Vegas Optic.  

    We thank his wife, Kosuzu, for always being his side helper. We hope his family will always treasure their memories with Ricky.  

    We are grateful for his military service and his unending patriotism to our country.

    Vaya con dios, Ricky, on your journey home.

    Odilia Cantrell

    Secretary

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    DOWN thumb ... BUILDING UP STEAM. By mid-week, the photos told the story. A scowling Gov. Bill Richardson, at a press conference intended to show off landscaping at an Albuquerque interstate intersection, sat in his vehicle as reporters bombarded him with questions about his withdrawal as nominee for U.S. commerce secretary. But that’s old news; now it’s all about his relationship with CDR Financial Products, the California firm that appears to be central to a grand jury investigation.

  • COLUMN: A look ahead

    SANTA FE — Happy 2009. Let’s see what we can do about attempting some predictions for a new year.

    2008 was as unpredictable as years ever get. 2009 will be just as capricious because we’ll be living with the results of last year’s craziness.

    President Barack Obama will be neither a savior nor the end of the world. He will disappoint those whose expectations were too high and produce some begrudging acceptances from those who harbored great suspicion.

  • LETTER: Traffic increasing on New Mexico

    Thank you, councilmen Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal, for making a very important point in noting that there are three elementary schools on New Mexico Avenue. This street is an old residential neighborhood and a portion of it is on the National Historic Register.

    There are also several boarding homes in this area, and because of this and other economic factors there are many pedestrians. Increased traffic on this street may endanger the lives of the people who frequently have to cross this street as well as the elementary students who walk to and from school.