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Today's Opinions

  • Dodge’s power grabs should be stopped

    If City Manager Timothy Dodge and company swore in Mr. Vince Howell, does that mean we now have to pay an extra councilperson? Are we now to pay for five people on our City Council? How much rein are we to give Dodge before someone tells him his place and job description?

  • Graduating high school

    Nationally, it’s a bit of good news. Not so much for New Mexico.  

  • Work of Art — Battling the elements

    Edward Flores, limping, fearing frostbite and distraught over marital problems and separation from his sons, is also without a car.

    It’s a strange tale, as circuitous as the routes he followed to get to Las Vegas, all of it occurring within the past two weeks. Part of the odyssey consumed much of last Saturday, through the winding, twisting cow-paths of eastern San Miguel and northern Guadalupe counties, as he and volunteers went in search of his car.

  • Continue the moratorium

    We’re not sure the county had much of a choice but to suspend the Oil and Gas Task Force, since the group has hit an impasse in its efforts to produce an ordinance to regulate drilling. But we are certain that the future course of action will be critical to the health and well-being of San Miguel County’s citizenry.

    To that end, we urge county officials to commit to something they’ve already indicated they’ll do: Extend the moratorium on drilling until a regulating ordinance has been thoroughly and publicly scrutinized and passed into law.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 19, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Musical inheritance

    “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.”
    — Pythagoras, 5th century B.C.

    Several years ago, I made it my mission to give my daughters an appreciation for the music of my generation. After all, that’s something we did right.

  • Thanks for a good experience

    I would like to begin by thanking you, your staff and the Las Vegas Optic for the endorsement for my candidacy for City Council Ward 3. It was a humbling experience to have received the Las Vegas Optic’s endorsement.

    Thanks to the citizens of Ward 3 who supported me and valued what it I had to say throughout the forums, radio interviews, and the door-to-door campaigning. For those who invited me into their homes it brought real meaning to the welcome mats and signs placed at their door steps and a heartfelt “Mi Casa es su Casa” hung on their walls.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - March 16, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! TERRIBLE COMMUNICATION. Vince Howell was sworn in Friday as Las Vegas’ new council member, but it took more than a few people by surprise — including, it turns out, the council member he replaced. Councilor Diane Moore said she wasn’t notified of the ceremony until about 45 minutes before it took place. She wasn’t able to attend.