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Today's Opinions

  • Tragic end to a life

    The shock and sorrow spread throughout my beloved Mora County like a tsunami this week. John Harrington, our dear friend and neighbor to many, was tragically killed while riding his bicycle on N.M. 105 on Monday.

    A service will be held for him at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the Pendaries Community Center. John, 49, was bicycling westbound on the road two or three miles east of Pendaries at about 5:30 p.m. when a vehicle driven by Calvin Postoak — a Fort Worth, Texas, man who lives part-time in Pendaries — struck him.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! DISTURBING CHARGES. A Las Vegas couple was charged with child abuse after employees at the Red Lobster in Santa Fe called police concerned about the safety of a 5-month-old child they had with them. Steven G. Vigil, 32, and Linda M. Vigil, 29, were also charged with receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle after authorities discovered the car they are driving had been reported stolen.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 10, 2011
  • Don’t roll back energy standards

    The Construction Industries Commission is proposing to roll back energy efficiency standards for new homes and commercial buildings that were adopted last year, before Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office. The rollback proposal carries out the recommendation of Martinez’s Small Business-Friendly Task Force.

  • ‘Icy’ sign needed at El Corte curve

    El Corte (“the cut”) is the mote/nickname many people use for this curve on Interstate 25 just four miles south of Las Vegas. A mountain cut made on I-25 left a tall portion on the southeast side and every winter from October through March the roadway here is in the shade even on sunny days. The result is that any moisture is likely to remain frozen in the curve when the rest of the highway is dry and safe.

  • Nuestra Historia - El Distrito de las Escuelas: The Jesuits

    In September 1874, five years after the arrival of the Sisters of Loretto, an order of Italian Jesuits from Naples came to  Las Vegas and established a private school for boys.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - Gettysburg of the West

    “If I owned Texas and Hell, I’d rent out Texas and live in Hell.”
    — Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan

    The Battle of Glorieta was not called the Gettysburg of the West because of the large number of casualties. It was compared to the Battle of Gettysburg because it just may have determined the outcome of the Civil War.

    Had the Confederates from Texas reached California, they would have had an entire coastline of blockade-free ports and all the gold they needed to finance their army.

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star on ethanol energy policy (June 6) —  If Congress ever gets around to making the sort of spending cuts needed to put the country's finances on a sustainable path, the ethanol industry justifiably will be required to do its share.

    As critics have pointed out, the industry currently enjoys a rare trifecta of government support. It’s subsidized. Its use is mandated. It’s protected from foreign competition.