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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 8, 2011
  • Dulcey Amargo: It’s not always easy

    Since March of this year, it has seemed a veritable slalom of zigzags placed in the path of Las Vegas City Schools as well as other school district employees.

    It was nice to see that Paul D. Henry Elementary was recognized for its success in student achievement in March. But before long, there was what educationalists designate as “disequilibration,” a term which generally denotes being out of balance.

  • Ideas to conserve even more water

    Ideas to further conserve water:

    • One can catch handwashing water from a cut used gallon water jug set in the sink.

    • Wash dishes by hand to collect rinse dish water (don't use garbage disposers).

    • Collect tub water using a gallon jug as a scoop.

    • Wash clothes by hand and use leftover water to flush the toilet, and or water plants outside or save for future use in a five gallon used clean paint jug.

    Susan Stone Salas
    Las Vegas

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas before the A.T.&S.F.

    Las Vegas prospered for almost a half century before the railroad arrived in 1879.

    During that short span beginning in 1835, our town saw expansive growth and change.  Because of its prime location along the Santa Fe Trail, Las Vegas experienced more bustle and flurry than any other place in New Mexico.    

    In the 50 years before the railroad, our town witnessed first-hand the major transformative developments of the time, and more than any other place in New Mexico, Las Vegas was at the crossroads of history.

  • Guest Perspective: A memory of wind, smoke and fire

    By Frances Levine

    Four times in my New Mexico life I’ve smelled the acrid smoke, scanned the roiling skies, and waited anxiously for summer monsoons to quell fires on the Pajarito Plateau.

    The first time  — the summer of 1977 — seared my deepest memories of the damage wildfires can do and how dangerous and strategic the work of fire crews must be.

  • EDC must step up

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation would be teetering on dissolution were it not for a handful of people determined to keep it afloat. They’ve got their work cut out for them.

    Last week, Matt Martinez, chairman of the EDC, and Lavinia Fenzi, interim executive director, attended a San Miguel County Commission meeting to ask for $10,000 for the agency. What they got was $5,000 and some pointed remarks about the effectiveness of its work.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 6, 2011
  • Work of Art: Same stuff, different day

    “You guys keep printing the same news, and you even copy from each other.” There isn’t a newsperson alive who hasn’t needed to refute these charges.

    Most of us have experienced that this-sounds-familiar phenomenon either when reading the paper or listening to the news:  the same word order, the same chronology.