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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Note - The parent-teacher disconnect

    As a parent, I sometimes find it’s been easy to be supportive of my children’s public school education. Other times, not so easy.

    The difference lies in the teacher. I have a great affinity and want nothing more than to support the good ones, but my patience has been tested with the bad ones. And, yes, I’ve had to deal with both.

  • Keep schedules the way they are

    We are writing this letter to state some concerns with the four-day change that Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has proposed.

    First off, we would like to say it is an exciting idea to cut back days for more instruction time, but at the same time, it has a major effect and impact on students and parents who can’t cope with this schedule change.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 18, 2012

    THUMBS UP! ACCREDITED AGAIN. In the world of colleges and universities, accreditation is always a big deal. And in a town such as Las Vegas, where educational institutions are among the largest employers, an accreditation for the university that trains most local teachers is an even bigger deal. So, needless to say, the Highlands University School of Education’s re-accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a real cause for celebration.

  • Editorial Cartoons - May 18, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - May 18, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Gov. Ezequiel C de Baca’s last days

    It was a Sunday morning on Feb. 18, 1917. Surrounded by his family, Ezequiel C de Baca died peacefully at age 52, after 49 valiant days as New Mexico’s second governor.

    C de Baca had not sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 1916.

    He genuinely resisted attempts to draft him, protesting that he did not have the funds to wage a campaign. As well, he was feeling in persistent poor health, due to some unexplained ailment.

  • What about kids with Fridays off?

    Regarding the four-day school week: I agree that a free Friday is unnecessary for practicing teachers to complete professional development.

    They can do that during the summer months. However, I strongly support the four-day week if Fridays are used to their best advantage.

  • Using acequia water responsibly

    This letter will hopefully explain my actions over the past two years or so.  

    On May 1, a Las Vegas police officer approached me while I was watering my garden and a fruit tree on my property.  The officer wanted to know if I was using filtered city water. He looked into my buckets of water to verify, since one of my fellow citizens had reported me as violating city ordinance.