Today's Opinions

  • A skateboard park for Las Vegas?

    I was at Traveler’s Café several days ago when I saw several young men gathering and an adult man writing “Proposed Skateboard Park” on a whiteboard. Mayor (Alfonso) Ortiz arrived shortly thereafter to attend what appeared to be a scheduled meeting on the topic. I asked if I could sit in on this meeting, given that I was an avid skateboarder in my youth, having grown up on the east coast near Boston.

  • Visitor puzzled by fracking protests

    While visiting friends in San Miguel County in 2013 I was puzzled at the activity in Las Vegas concerning fracking. I encourage the people of the county who are being given information about fracking to ask the following questions:

    1. Please cite a specific case where fracking has damaged drinking water in the whole state of New Mexico. Or the whole of the U.S. This includes thousands of wells fracked over the US  in the last 20 years.

  • ‘No-kill’ policies not the answer

    The case in which five newborn puppies reportedly died of suffocation or exposure after being abandoned in a plastic bag near a ditch in Albuquerque is eerily similar to another incident that occurred last month. In that case, someone abandoned a litter of puppies next to a dumpster after the Albuquerque Animal Welfare shelter refused to accept them.

    The shelter had recently implemented a “no-kill” policy and was so overcrowded that it was putting people who tried to surrender animals on a waiting list.

  • Mil Gracias - Jan. 24, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Students take over HU administration building

    A week into the student protests which began at Highlands University on May 20. 1970, the Board of Regents remained firm in its decision to name Wisconsin educator Charles Graham as university president. Despite the growing unrest at Highlands, Regents Chairman John D. Robb announced on May 25, “I have made it clear we have hired Dr. Graham. As far as I am concerned, the matter is closed.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 24, 2014

    Edwardsville (Illinois) Intelligencer on school shootings (Jan. 20):
    Something must be done — soon
    There are heroes and there are victims. There are those who go to prison and those who take their own lives.
    The scenes of police officers surrounding school buildings have become common. Much too common.
    Guns and students don’t mix.
    But lately, they have become regular headlines.
    In 2013, there were 29 shootings at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country.

  • Dam project is critical

    The city of Las Vegas received some good news last week with the announcement by the state Environment Department that Las Vegas is being included in the department’s water and waste water capital outlay request.

    Specifically, the agency is seeking $1.95 million to fund the expansion of the city’s effluent water reuse system. The agency is seeking an additional $1.9 million to fix the city’s old water distribution lines.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 22, 2014