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Today's Opinions

  • Wait for the EPA study on fracking

    Regarding your lead story in the Feb. 14 edition of the Las Vegas Optic, “Drilling advocates take aim”:

    I would agree with the perspective that linking ease of access for drilling to winning capital outlay grants from the State is an attempt by the oil and gas industry to blackmail the state and the local communities of New Mexico who would dare to attempt to regulate oil and gas extraction in an effort to protect their land, water, and way of life.

  • Family connections are all around

    I’m wondering why the Taxpayers For Honest Government went missing in action after I left office. They filed a complaint with District Court to have me recalled just two months before my term (as Mora County commissioner) was up because they claimed that I was guilty of nepotism. Why pick on me only? If you bother to look around, there are relatives of board members at the courthouse and the school. Las Vegas and Mora are small and everyone is related.

    I was upset to see that an individual, or more than one person, is picking on the Alcon family.

  • Tim Dodge needs to go

    I am aghast that Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is determined to continue the travesty entrenched at the city manager’s office. Apparently, the mayor will not nor cannot function without Tim Dodge.

    Nowhere since consolidation has a mayor succumbed to ineffectiveness. Although Dodge is not an elected official, he controls the council majority. ... Our community has no voice in any decision-making. Que lastima!

  • Mil Gracias - Feb. 22, 2012

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, recently hosted the fifth annual Literacy Fair at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.  

    The theme was “Let Your Imagination Soar — Read, Read, Read.” Contributing to the success of the event were the following participants: Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Schools, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Carnegie Library and NEREC.

  • ‘Sin tax’ hike makes sense

    Pardon the pun, but Wendy Armijo, county coordinator for the DWI Task Force, offered up some sobering statistics last week. At a San Miguel County Commission meeting, she cited state Department of Health data that alcohol consumption costs New Mexico $2.8 billion, or $1,400 per resident, for the property damage (automobile crashes), criminal justice, health care and lost productivity it causes.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 20, 2013
  • Work of Art - ‘Psilence’ is golden

    To use the students’ expression, they were “freaked out” at hearing the way I pronounced “knight.”

    Well now everyone knows the word belongs to that group of English words that’s fraught with silent letters. There are only three sounds in the word: n, a long i, and a t.

  • Is he finally serious?

    In last week’s State of the Union Address, President Obama finally started talking tough about the need to respond to climate change. We say it’s about time.