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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: As easy as falling off a pie

    Only a couple of weeks away from spring, we’ve gotten restless, tired of checking the weather reports to discover whether traffic’s stuck in Glorieta Pass. Newcomers to this area are often surprised that there’s actually visibility, sun and clear roads after trudging along, following a million semis crawling on I-25. We’ve stayed home more than we’re accustomed to, due to the weather, and we’ve acquired cabin fever.

  • Let the DA prosecute

    As much as such delays are frustrating — it seems such a long, long time ago that the Jay Quintana case became a court case and even bigger news — it’s probably best to get all questionable or potentially questionable circumstances out of the way before the trial. It should help ensure that the proceedings are fair and just, and will withstand attempts to appeal a jury’s decision.

  • Publisher's Note: Mayoral speculation

    Here’s some premature speculating on next year’s mayoral election, already a hot topic among at least a few Las Vegas political animals.

    I’ve heard eight names thrown into the mix, and having spoken with nearly all of them, can announce the intentions of two in particular.

  • There’s too much labeling, judging

    I turned on the news this morning and the incident about the kindergarten child, the teacher, and the other students’ behavior toward him, did not surprise me at all.

    Whether we want to deny it, or try to find explanations, we have to admit that abuse does happen in our educational system. It’s not only in Mora County, but all over the nation.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! HAPPY BIRTHDAY. It’s good to see the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps come around with the program still in place and running strong. Some 200,000 Americans, including more than 2,000 New Mexicans, have served in this matter in 139 countries over the years.

  • Lawmaker’s Perspective - Budget cuts can be repaired

    The budget cuts under consideration during the current legislative session are a painful continuation of cuts we’ve made for the last several years. But the recession that has forced these cuts is ending and there is hope that critical services can be restored as early as this fall.

  • Nuestra Historia - Kearney’s march into Las Vegas

    Some 1,150 people lived in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846. It was a Saturday morning.

    Only 11 years earlier the 36 original settlers had built their adobe houses around a central plaza.

    They and others who joined them grazed their livestock on the lush meadows and planted their crops along the Rio Gallinas, and many families had already established their home sites and ranchitos away from the plaza.

  • Orgullo del Norte - A clash of two cultures

    “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
    —Churchill

    The village of Acoma is the oldest continually inhabited village in the United States (over 800 years). In 1540, it was Coronado’s expedition who first laid European eyes on the Acoma Pueblo and their people.

    The clash came 58 years later in 1598 (Spanish colonization). Legend has it that the Acoma people invited the Spanish in with a promise of food and shelter, then orchestrated an ambush.