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Today's Opinions

  • Lawmaker's Perspective: Redistricting the main focus

    The legislature is meeting in special session to consider redistricting legislation and a slew of other issues that the governor has placed on the agenda. The difficulty is that communication between the governor and the legislature has been very limited leading up to this session, foreshadowing a contentious few weeks.

    New Mexico now more than ever needs the governor and the legislature to communicate, cooperate and collaborate.

  • Nuestra Historia - Montezuma’s seminary in exile

    The U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops purchased the Montezuma property in 1937, and a Catholic seminary was established at the site for the education and religious training of Mexican seminarians, under the direction of a Mexican order of Jesuit priests.

    It is common knowledge that for many years Montezuma served as a Catholic seminary, but seldom do historical or other accounts explain why a Mexican seminary came to be located in the United States, five miles north of Las Vegas. We will provide that explanation in this column.

  • Nuestra Historia a memorable read

    I am writing to let you know how much we enjoy and appreciate reading “Nuestra Historia” in the Las Vegas Optic. In the early 1950s, about 100 families from Las Vegas, N.M., came to Las Vegas, Nev., to work in the early stages of the atomic testings in Nevada.

    Most of us are in our 60s, 70s and 80s. We all enjoy reading the Optic.

    I lived in Old Town 1932-1941 on Rincon Street. In 1941, we moved to New Town on Eighth Street to a neighborhood called La Placita de Los Maestas. I had the honor of attending Castle School.

  • Two flags, one sign of trouble

    One week ago today, I went to drop off my garbage at the one of the county collection sites. The time was 10:30 in the morning. As I passed the elementary school located adjacent to the “solid waste disposal facility,” I noticed that the national and state flags were improperly displayed. First, the New Mexico state flag was on top of the U.S. flag.

  • Another tainted execution coming

    Yet another execution is scheduled for a probably innocent person. This time it’s Troy Davis in Georgia.

    In a trial tainted by racial and economic injustice, police misconduct, highly questionable eyewitness testimony, and lacking any physical evidence, Troy Davis was convicted in the 1989 slaying of a Savannah, Ga., off-duty police officer.

    Requests for clemency come from Nobel Prize winners Desmond Tutu, Jose Ramos Horta, and President Jimmy Carter, many members of the United States Congress, the Pope, and numerous other notable individuals.

  • Too much for the session

    Maybe New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has something in common with former Gov. Bill Richardson after all. Like her predecessor, she likes to pack the legislative agenda.

    But that’s where the comparison is likely to end. Unlike Richardson, it’s hard to imagine Martinez coming anywhere close to accomplishing what she wants during the current special session.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 14, 2011
  • Work of Art: Can you keep a secret?

    If you say it softly, it’s not so bad. Now what’s that supposed to mean?
    Well, it’s a conclusion I’ve reached after years and years of observation as to how people choose to express themselves. Shouting out a word — if you overlook the possibility of rousing someone from slumber — is worse than whispering it.

    Let me explain: