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Today's Opinions

  • Excuses, excuses

    State education officials revoked the licenses of 22 teachers last year, 13 of whom were accused of sexual misconduct, according to an Albuquerque Journal report last week. But since Jay Quintana isn’t on that list, one must wonder if there should be more.

  • Publisher's Note: Development vs. preservation

    Last week’s meeting of the city Design Review Board was a classic example of the conflict between economic development and historic preservation.

    Well, maybe not a classic example. It was a Las Vegas example. In many parts of the country, economic development has the upper hand because people like to see money coming into town. In Las Vegas, however, some influential people prefer history because they figure that’s where our identity lies.

  • Commissioners aren’t listening

    The recent approval of those large wind turbines by the San Miguel County Commission is one of the most troubling decisions in recent years,and reflects a more pervasive problem from our adult leaders. They simply do not care what the people want and they seem to be oblivious to ethics and the outside perception of their actions.

  • Jim Terr and his sense of humor

    I grew up with the Terrs. Nancy and I were in the same grade.  Jimmy, her big brother, was a pretty funny guy. When my husband and I decided to marry in Las Vegas in 1980, Nancy suggested that I invite her dear brother Jim to play his western music at our reception.

    Jimmy’s first song was “Divorce.” What a  sense of humor, he has! Well, I loved  reading his poem (last week), so thank you for taking the risk and publishing it. It brought such warmth to my heart and soul, which still reside in  Las Vegas, N.M.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! - INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE; BOARD DECISION. We agree with the decision to keep Las Vegas City School District board members off the superintendent search committee. The committee needs to be removed from the politics that school board members might bring to the table; and besides, the school board will make the ultimate decision anyway. To keep the search committee independent should instill public confidence that the candidates are being screened according to their qualifications, not by their connections.

  • Another perspective: Our water: The basic issues

    Go into our “low price” Walmart and look at the cost of water — trucked in over long distances and hopefully of drinking water quality. Depending upon the label prettiness and package size, you will see the prices ranging from $1.10 to $6.90 per gallon.

    Surely, Las Vegans can do better than that. What about city water?  Let us drag you though some details.

    Where does city water come from? About 10 percent is piped from groundwater aquifers a few miles south of the city, and the remaining 90 percent comes from our local Gallinas River.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Texas Invasion of 1841

    What has become an obscure footnote in both our local and New Mexico history, is the futile Texas invasion of San Miguel County in 1841 — or what most historians have downplayed as the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition.

    It occurred here five years before General Kearny, leading the Army of the West, proclaimed in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846, the occupation and annexation of New Mexico by the United States.     

    These are the facts:

  • Orgullo del Norte - The Native utopian society

    In 1492, Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) miscalculated his voyage to Asia and landed in what is now the island of modern day Haiti and Dominica Republic. He thought he was in the Indies of the East; hence he named the natives “Indians.”

    Throughout history, groups of people have been named by their conquerors. It is for this reason I will use the term “Native peoples.”