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Today's Opinions

  • Questions for Alta Vista

    Reading the Las Vegas Optic article on how well Alta Vista Regional Hospital is doing left me with many questions.

    First, if the hospital is such a good member of the community, why does it threaten employees who speak out for workers rights? Since most hospital employees are long-time members of the community, shouldn’t their desires (and rights) be considered? Why also is it that the hospital is so willing to fire local employees who still speak out after being threatened and hire outsiders to replace the locals?

  • 200 ‘pot’ patients per month added

    New Mexico’s medical marijuana program, considered to be the most restrictive such law on the books anywhere when first passed by the legislature in 2007, is now used as a model for other state laws. Fifteen states protect the use of medical marijuana for health care within their borders, and another seven or eight states have some such programs under discussion and planning.

  • Legislative bills we like

    Last December, a great new feature went online in the form of the Sunshine Portal, a website designed to provide greater accountability and transparency in New Mexico government. State Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque,  sponsor of the legislation that created the site, said the concept was to create a “one-stop shop” to see where state agencies are spending taxpayers’ money.

  • Work of Art: An eckalectic reading list

    By Art Trujillo

    After years of having graded essays of kids all the way from seventh grade through their senior year, I encountered my share of words like “nuke-you-lerr” when the students meant “nuclear.”

    Why is it so difficult? Why does this combination of nasals, plosives, vowels and glides make even scientists struggle — sometimes not even realizing it’s grating on others?

  • Cultural sustainability

    “Cultural sustainability”: renewing and maintaining human cultures that create positive enduring relationships. “Sustainability” encompasses more than our Earth, caring for our earth is important. Social, cultural and economic sustainability are very important too.

  • Cultural sustainability

    “Cultural sustainability”: renewing and maintaining human cultures that create positive enduring relationships. “Sustainability” encompasses more than our Earth, caring for our earth is important. Social, cultural and economic sustainability are very important too.

  • A couple of bad ideas

    When Gov. Bill Richardson was first elected more than eight years ago, he pledged an open government. It didn’t exactly happen. And when Gov. Susana Martinez was elected last year, she made essentially the same promise. She’s not off to such a bad start in that regard, but only time will tell if her administration is serious about keeping state government open to public scrutiny. More often, a politician is far more committed to openness when running for office than when in office.

  • Publisher's Note: 'Las Vegas, New Mexico'

    I’m going to take a chance here, by publishing lyrics to a song. It’s written by Jim Terr, a Las Vegas native who lives mostly in Santa Fe scratching out a living as a singer-songwriter and making off-beat videos.

    He’s also a big Vegas booster, as his work attests to (google him if you want to see for yourself). He gets much of his inspiration from right here at home.