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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Vices, vicissitudes, values

    It is with great consternation that I undertake this discussion. True to the column heading, I speak of the dulce  y amargo that has surfaced in the local school environment of late.

    I am very ill at ease with the current Robertson and the prior West Las Vegas incidents and their far-reaching effects — on the community, on individuals, especially children, on my beloved, chosen profession.

  • LETTER: Misinformed 300 caused bond defeat

    Dear 300 (the Pecos Independent Schools District’s bond question was defeated 300-263): We live in a democracy, and as a taxpaying American, I understand and respect the democratic process. That means that the 300 sheep who followed their shepherds and voted against the bond have now labeled Pecos, Ilfeld, Rowe, and San Juan as communities that don’t value education, communities that aren’t willing to invest in their most valuable resource — their children.

  • LETTER: Death was covered inappropriately

    Seth Grant was a person, not a patient.  I’m not sure what allowed your paper to identify him as a “patient” residing in a boarding home. There are privacy laws which prohibit  disclosure of a person’s medical history without due process.  I believe your labeling of Seth as a patient was in violation of these laws, or do you lose those protections if you’re dead? I guess that’s a question for the lawyer.

  • EDITORIAL: Jerome Block steps forward

    We were certainly no fan of his during the last election, but we might just change our mind about Jerome Block if he keeps up the good work he has started. The newly elected Public Regulation Commission member has stepped forward to address a matter that no one else wanted to claim responsibility for.

  • LETTER: Income tax differences unfair

    Once again the “Domestic Partnership” legislation will soon be voted on by our New Mexico Legislators, and once again, I am writing to oppose this legislation. Last year, I wrote twice to the Albuquerque Journal opposing the legislation and my letters were never printed by the newspaper. Since three states have legalized such arrangements, it is probably inevitable that New Mexico will follow suit.

  • LETTER: Support Highlands’ acquisition move

    It is time that the citizens of Northern New Mexico and especially Las Vegans get behind Highlands University and its drive to acquire the College of Santa Fe. Opportunities like this may never be available to Highlands again. The acquisition will enable HU to become the leader in education for Northern New Mexico without question.

    HU and Western New Mexico University in Silver City were both founded in 1893 as a prerequisite to statehood. I am sure our forefathers had bigger dreams for Highlands (formerly Normal University).

  • COLUMN: Ethics legislation

    Big news. A major barrier in the path to ethics legislation appears to be softening. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez of Belen says he thinks recent events will contribute to a greater likelihood of passage.

    The Senate has been the graveyard for most ethics legislation in the past. Sanchez himself is not the roadblock. He says he’s speaking for a majority of his members.

  • EDITORIAL: If so, clean up Robertson

    First let us stipulate that we believe in the premise that allegations alone don’t automatically translate to guilt. In criminal court, the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty, and in civil claims, a preponderance of the evidence must be established before someone is held liable for an illegal or damaging action.