Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Carrying a gun ruined two lives

    This is for our kids in Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and for all who had any connection with Benito Lemos.

    I know that Benito Lemos’ death affected a lot of you, for whatever reason. Thank you for your support. I was impressed with the fact that there was so many people in his services.

    No church could contain the people, so they had to have it in the Robertson gym and even there it was standing room only.

  • As It Is: An unnecessary hurdle

    Local government entities say they hire people based on qualifications, not connections. I hope that’s true.

    Both the Las Vegas City Council and the San Miguel County Commission vote on all people hired in their respective entities. Since I started covering both more than five years ago, they have approved every person recommended for hire but one.

    Three years ago, then-Commission Chairman Hugh Ley voted against the employment of the son of then-Commissioner, Kenneth Medina. Ley said he did so because he didn’t want to hire the relatives of commissioners.

  • Letter: Thanks to FFA, a great program

    On behalf of the Atencio and Augie Fudala families, we would like to say thank you so much to those of you who voted for our barn in the Campbell’s Soup and FFA barn renovation project. We are both humbled and grateful for your participation, and thanks to all the votes we received, our barn in Bark River, Mich., was one of five winning barns of a national contest that will be getting a facelift sometime in June.

  • Editorial: Corporation outfoxed

    It’s clear the corporation that runs Alta Vista Regional Hospital has an extensive anti-union playbook. It seems to have an answer for handling just about every union tactic.

    But they never figured on the San Miguel County Commission getting in the way.

    For years, San Miguel County — and other counties as well — routinely approve monthly payments for indigent services to hospitals. That money is to help hospitals pay for health care for those too poor to pay.

  • Work of Art: Mortified at Mortimer Hall?

    As huge scoops of rock, mortar, wood and glass were loaded into waiting dump trucks yesterday, I waved goodbye.

    It’s gone. Mortimer Hall, my home away from home for about 25 years — its parts being hauled off to a landfill somewhere — has been razed, with surprising speed, to make room for the new student center.

  • Editorial: The price tag on progress

    Bill Richardson has had a good run as governor, but it’s not over yet. His place in our state’s history — as a mover and shaker who led us into some lasting improvements or as an overly ambitious leader who broke the bank — will be determined in large measure by the upcoming legislative session.

  • Editorial: Help for a neighbor

    There are times when our better nature show through. During times of crisis, when neighbors are helping neighbors — that’s one of those times. Then there are the times when we help people we don’t even know because, well, we know it’s the right thing to do.

  • Letter: Recycling program needs improving

    If the city of Las Vegas wishes to promote a recycling program, the receiving site does little to encourage people.

    There have been few times in the last several years when bins have not been overflowing and cans, newspapers and plastic containers scattered around. I have made numerous trips to the office of the city manager to register my concern.