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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: What exactly is a 'Lady Ram'?

    ‘Hayseed” and other put-down terms generally get showered on rural folk by us urbanites. We’ve looked at people from neighboring towns as rustics, while we, in the big city of Las Vegas, are urban sophisticates.

    Basketball teams arriving from any of the small schools that once dotted northern New Mexico in the ‘50s had funny ways of handling the ball, or cheering. Our teams, on the other hand, the epitome of sauvity, knew all the LeBron James moves, even before LeBron was conceived (of).

  • EDITORIAL: E-mails aren't private

    The dismissal of two employees at the state hospital, essentially for inappropriate behavior at work, illustrates a point that too many people forget: the e-mail account you use at work doesn’t belong to you.

  • EDITORIAL: Taking a stand

    It’s an old story, but with a new twist. In 2007, nearly two-thirds of the employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital voted to unionize, with District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees representing their interests at the bargaining table. But Alta Vista’s parent company, Community Health Systems, has refused to sit down with the union, and raised legal objections at every turn in an attempt to usurp the election results.

  • COLUMN: It's all about jobs

    Last week, members of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees expressed their displeasure with the decline in student enrollment, which plunged 7.3 percent within a year’s time.

    But if you look at the last few years, the number has been going up and down.

    When the number drops, that means less dollars from the state. Northeastern New Mexico is lightly populated, so there will come a point where we shouldn’t expect Luna’s numbers to rise anymore.

  • EDITORIAL: It's politics as usual

    Isn’t home where you hang your hat? We thought so, but politicos often seem to struggle with this question.

    Last week, we reported on Manuel Lucero, the treasurer for the campaign of Tony Valdez, who ran successfully for a seat on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

  • LETTER: It’s not broke, don’t try to fix it

    It is my belief that the Las Vegas City Council voted appropriately in their decision to not make Grand Avenue two lane for a five-block distance. Grand Avenue is an inter-city highway. It serves as a business loop through Las Vegas. It also serves as a route for emergency vehicles to traverse the city as well as to quickly exit to emergency situations on Interstate 25.

  • LETTER: Thrilled to see litigation ending

    As a former member of the Las Vegas Community Water Board, I am thrilled that the city and the Storrie Project Water Users Association are ending their litigation.

    It is disappointing, to say the least, that the city lost $1 million in state funds which were intended for the project to pipe water to the Storrie users, due to city officials trying to change the original intent.

    I trust the city will actively pursue settlement with the Acequias Association, who in my opinion, have legitimate concerns regarding their share of water from the Gallinas River.

  • COLUMN: Conference Committess

    Anyone who pays attention to the Legislature has had this experience: Differing versions of a bill pass the House and Senate; the bills go to a conference committee; the bill that comes out is substantially different from the two that went in.

    What happened? Hard to tell.

    Why? Because New Mexico is among a handful of states that close conference committee meetings to the public.

    So what? Depends on whether you want government to conduct business in the open or behind closed doors.