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Today's Opinions

  • Blooming Point of View: Making the right mistakes

    I used to believe mistakes get you nowhere. That was before I made all the right ones.

    When I started high school, in the fall of 2009, I had my eyes set on just one class. Unfortunately, as a freshman at Robertson, I became prisoner to the Freshman Academy, and journalism, the class I wanted most, wasn’t one of my elective choices.

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas after Kearny

    After the 1846 occupation and annexation, New Mexico was brought under the civil law of the United States (Kearny Code), and government officials for New Mexico were immediately appointed by Gen. Kearny. Thereafter, New Mexico was governed by civil and military officials who received their appointments from Washington.  

    Thus began New Mexico’s territorial period, which lasted 66 years, until our old and venerable Nuevo Mexico, long a  Spanish and Mexican province, was admitted to the Union as the 47th state in 1912.

  • Orgullo del Norte - The great women of el norte

    “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community ....Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
    — Cesar Chavez

    Women have always played a very large role in history but have received little or no recognition. It will be a crime if we do not honor our own “Norteñas.”

  • Seeking a home, forgiveness

    I am a psychiatrist and a traditional Catholic priest. I am also manic depressive, bipolar Type I. I have been taking lithium carbonate for many years.  

    I first worked at Las Vegas Medical Center in 1990 as a resident, most recently as a psychiatrist from May 2000 to May 2005.  I did not tell anyone of my diagnosis because of discrimination I have experienced in the past. Apparently my lithium stopped working during my most recent time at Las Vegas.  

  • Negotiate, don’t litigate

    For more than 50 years our city leaders pursued a policy of legal action to acquire water from the Gallinas River that had no foundation in New Mexico law. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of tax dollars, were expended litigating the “Pueblo Water Rights Doctrine” starting in the 1950s. When the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against the doctrine, a return to “the rule of law” in water rights should have been established. Instead, the court found the city had a “reliance interest claim” due to the prolonged court battle.

  • Response to co-op letter

    We read Bridget Maloney’s letter to the editor (published March 4), “A report on co-op meeting” with disappointment and disbelief. Maloney’s “report” grossly distorts recent events and damages the good reputations of our employees and board members.

    To set the record straight, no board member faces criminal charges. Maloney’s insinuations to the contrary are false and irresponsible. She is not a news reporter.

  • Education is a security issue

    As a retired general and former head of the New Mexico National Guard, I view proposed cuts to early care and education programs as more than just a local problem for parents of young children.  These cuts represent a serious threat to our national security.

    Consider this: In New Mexico, one in three of our high school students fails to graduate on time. Among those who do graduate, more than one in four seeking to join in the Army cannot enlist because of low scores on the military’s basic entrance exam in math, literacy and problem solving.  ...

  • Great Vegas events

    Last year, the bottom almost fell out of a big mariachi conference for youth when, just three weeks before it was scheduled to begin, organizers discovered that Santa Fe would not be able to host the event. So Memorial Middle School band director Martin Sena, a skilled mariachi performer in his own right, volunteered to bring it all to Las Vegas. The result was a rousing success.