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Today's Opinions

  • A four-day work week?

    SANTA FE — Expect to see some minor impacts on your life as New Mexico state government implements energy-saving measures. The biggest change will come when some agencies adopt a four-day work week.

    Earlier this summer, Gov. Bill Richardson directed the state personnel office to help alleviate the strain of high gas prices on state employees and taxpayers. How can the state personnel office lower your gas prices? We’ll get to that.

  • A good approach

    The Las Vegas City Council deserves credit for hiring a third-party collection agency to help collect on past-due utility accounts. The firm will target 976 accounts, amounting to $256,000.

    This decision was at the prompting of Utilities Director George DuFour, who has been creative in his approach to his job since being hired late last year.

    If this collection effort works, as officials have pointed out, then the next goal should be to focus on unpaid fines in Municipal Court.

  • Let's hope board is right

    An elected body should think long and hard before it rejects the advice of its hired professionals. Ignoring that advice is exactly what the Mora school board did recently.

    Mora Superintendent Dora Romero said she had proposed that the district hire a third-party engineer for a planned multipurpose sports complex “in order to gain perspective as to what actually needs to be done in our situation.”

  • Leave no dentist behind

    A high school play, “The Perfect Idiot,” deals with an extremely bright senior who misses all 100 items on a true-false test.

    How’d he manage that? Statistical probability dictates that anyone who simply checks off every answer as “true” or every one as “false” is bound to score around 50 percent. In order to earn a perfect zero (or perfect hundred), the student obviously needs to know all the answers.

    But does anybody have all the answers? Or, perhaps more appropriately, “Does anyone even know the questions?”

  • Jazzmine, Raven good columnists

    I would like to compliment your newspaper for the columns written by Raven Romero and Jazzmine Freedom. These columns were well written, timely, and entertaining.

    I hope that your newspaper finds interns who will be able to follow in the footsteps of these two young ladies.

    Bruce Wertz

    Las Vegas

  • Shifting the paradigm

    When a self-described lifelong oilman, and a longtime Bush supporter to boot, steps up to lead the way in alternative energy production, you know the paradigm has shifted. The cynics, however, would point out that the reason is that there’s money to be made in wind and solar power. To which we would add, that’s a good thing.

  • Dogs dumped off on highway

    My husband and I witnessed a despicable act by some people on July 24 while traveling from Mora to Las Vegas on Highway 518. Two dogs were released by these individuals on the highway without regard to the safety of the animals.

  • Momentum with Obama

    In politics, you should never admit that you’re jealous of the other side. Recently, however, Americans have seen much envy in the GOP.

    Republicans obviously know that Democrat Barack Obama had a picture-perfect trip to the Middle East and Europe, showing that he can do just fine on the world stage. As such, they are accusing the presidential candidate of acting as if he were already the president. This ignores the fact that their own candidate, John McCain, goaded Obama into taking the trip.