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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial cartoon - May 15, 2015
  • Just a Thought - To the class of 2015: Bend history

    By Rick Kraft

    The energy, the excitement, the enthusiasm is always amazing. Flashing cameras and flowing tears. Family and friends, some of who have traveled great distances, anxiously awaiting the ceremony. High school seniors finishing their 12th year of schooling, about to gain their independence. Excited teenagers all dressed up in their caps and gowns ready to make the rite of passage on to life’s next challenge.

    Graduating from high school is a big deal. Seniors, congratulations!

  • Another perspective - Why I call San Miguel County home

    By Harold Garcia

    I was born and raised in northern New Mexico, but it wasn’t until about 30 years ago that I felt like I was really home.

    That was when my parents moved my brothers and me to San Miguel County to be closer to the wilderness. My mother grew up in southern Colorado and wanted her children to have the same incredible outdoor experiences that she had.

  • Time to clean up our city

    First impressions matter, whether we like it or not.

    Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent promoting Las Vegas and San Miguel County in hopes of drawing tourists here. It’s an important part of our economy, and one that none of us can afford to take for granted, given the fragile state of that economy.

    But what happens when tourists arrive in town only to be greeted by trash strewn all over our streets and parks? Or if they have the misfortune of driving behind a motorist who decides to throw trash out his window?

  • Editorial cartoon - May 13, 2015
  • Work of Art: One of our 200 is missing

    Martha Johnsen sounded puzzled; her boss at KFUN radio, Joseph Baca, seemed perturbed; Las Vegas Ron Wooten-Green expressed it well. The three were quite vocal regarding our town’s being ignored in a publication of wide circulation.

    So what’s the issue? The matter is that the Summer Guide, bundled with Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal, acted as if Las Vegas doesn’t even exist, despite two half-page ads touting the Meadow City. Does paid advertising guarantee some kind of mention in the Journal’s 64-page booklet?

  • Editorial cartoon - May 11, 2015
  • Our criminal justice system

    If you’re charged with a crime in this country, and you can’t afford to hire an attorney to represent you, the state is required to hire one for you.

    It’s so fundamental to the proper functioning of our criminal justice system that the right to an attorney is guaranteed in the constitution.

    Spending taxpayer dollars on criminal defense lawyers for people who are accused of breaking the law isn’t the most popular thing for elected officials to do. But it is the right thing to do.