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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas branch of the AAUW thanks the community for its enthusiastic support of the annual used book sale held recently. The proceeds from the sale of the books go to provide scholarship assistance for New Mexico Highlands University women.

    Thank you for your generous donations of books and your willingness to buy more to take home.

  • A report on co-op meeting

    Several Mora San Miguel Electric Cooperative members requested, in advance, to be placed on the Feb. 24 agenda for the monthly meeting of the MSMEC Board of Trustees to ask questions, present concerns about the troubled state of the co-op, and to formally charge that serious policy abuses have been taking place.  

  • Middle East revolutions

    It seems so far away, but it’s closer than you might think — these revolutions that are breaking out in the Middle East. About a dozen nations in the region have endured mass protests in the last three months or so, many of which turned terribly violent.

    And while some regimes like Moammar Gaddafi’s in Libya are striking back brutally, the rebellions will likely continue into the months ahead.

  • Work of Art: A second helping of third grade

    Possibly the biggest fear I experienced in the elementary grades was in doing anything academic from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Before schools began tacking on extra days to the calendar, for “in-service” days, our summers were free.

    Now, the school year often starts in early August and stretches into June. Hey, where’d our summers go?