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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.