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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective - Legislature tackled serious issues

    The 2014 legislative session will be dubbed the “no-nonsense session.”

    Legislators worked extremely hard to forge compromises on everything from the $6.2 billion state budget to proposals to ensure that college students still get help from the lottery scholarship program; from paying for water projects statewide to saving our local hospitals; and from banning texting while driving to protecting schoolchildren from life-threatening allergic attacks.

  • Read with your children

    If you’ve ever shared a book with a child, you know the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five received this joy on a daily basis.

    We can do better! Simply reading daily with a child does require parents, older brothers and sisters, and other caring adults to add yet another hat to the many they already wear to care for and raise a child. But by adding the reading hat to your collection, you also add great rewards:

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 28, 2014

    THUMBS UP! FINALLY, A DECISION
    We can’t say we’re surprised that the Las Vegas City Schools District and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez are parting ways. The writing has been on the wall for months, and, frankly, we’re glad that the board is pursuing new leadership for the district. We’ve heard some grumbling in the community about the board deciding to place McNellis-Martinez on paid leave until her contract expires at the end of this school year. In our view, it’s money well spent if it makes the transition easier for the district.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 28, 2014
  • Group pushing for rights ordinance

    The San Miguel County Commissioners in New Mexico appear to be, by majority, pro-drilling. When a six month county-wide moratorium expires in June, the Commissioners have indicated they intend to adopt a regulatory oil and gas ordinance that will allow fracking, and will do nothing to assert the community’s rights to say “No!” to fracking and to protect their water.  

  • Writer supports Trujillo, Baca

    I see that there are several candidates for the position of judges. The County of San Miguel voters would be wise to elect Eddie Trujillo and Gerald Baca.

    These two men are both very fair in their judgments, and do whatever they can to help  offenders rehabilitate. San Miguel County is lucky to have these two men working in the courts, and they would be wise to keep them. I know because I worked with the people of San Miguel County for 12 years. They are both a pride to their profession.

    Rosalie Regensberg
    Holman
     

  • Student urges ban on plastic bags

    I am an international student attending the United World College of the American West in Montezuma. In this moment I am writing as a citizen and constituent of Las Vegas. I am advancing a proposal for a ban on single use plastic bags to Las Vegas City Councilors, and I would like to raise the awareness on this issue around the city.

  • Wary of Gov. Martinez

    If I knew nothing else about Gov. Susana Martinez’ accomplishments and non-accomplishments, I would be very wary of her, based only on the issue she continues to flog day in and day out, “illegal immigrant” driver’s licenses.  This is her highest-priority issue, based on her incessant Facebook posts on the subject -- when she could be using her platform to discuss any number of the more serious but less emotional issues facing us.