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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 24, 2011
  • Curmudgeon, yes, but not always

    Las Vegas did indeed lose a local legend with the death of Robert Jones on May 25.
    Mr. Jones often presented a very gruff exterior, but those who could get past that knew one of the most kind-hearted, loyal and generous friends anyone could ever ask for.

  • Prepare for, and prevent, fires

    The current fires burning across the country, and in particular those in our state and adjacent counties are bound to have everyone on edge. For this reason I found it important to share a scary situation we had in the neighborhood recently.

    At approximately 7 p.m., a police car sped by on East National Avenue, and soon after came a fire truck. From my front porch I saw black smoke rising which seemed to be coming from two blocks away under the University Avenue Bridge exit from I-25.

  • No fireworks for the holiday

    Let’s see if I understand this. Fireworks are banned in San Miguel County, but people can set them off in Las Vegas?

    Walk around town. Everyone has yards full of dead grass and weeds. The trees are half dead and dried out. The town is a tinderbox.  

    The people of Luna, Carlsbad, Raton, and now Santa Fe are, or have been, living with the fear of losing their homes to fire.

    But, no doubt because of the precious fiestas, we are going to let people in Las Vegas play with fireworks this July?

  • Fire, water, fireworks

    The Pacheco Canyon wildfire was the latest blaze to set off alarms. A shift in the winds could have turned it toward the watershed that feeds Santa Fe but, instead, the fire blew through the Santa Fe National Forest and toward the Pecos Wilderness area — bringing it all the closer to San Miguel County.

    Of course, it’s unimaginable that that fire would get anywhere close to Las Vegas, even though on Saturday evening its plume of smoke could be clearly seen covering the sky to the north of town, and by Monday morning you could smell it in the air.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 22, 2011
  • Work of Art: Lawn belched, gave thanks

    Going to the plant south of town, on my first trip for a water haul, I counted 18 vehicles, going for or having gotten, a load of effluent water.

    My grandson and namesake, thrilled over his brand-new learner’s permit, took the wheel, while my wife, Bonnie, and I went along for the ride. Arthur’s father recently purchased a 275-gallon container, which surprisingly took only about a minute to fill. We saw pickups the size of ours, some with trailers, as well as huge tankers.

  • Follow an open process

    Last week’s Las Vegas City Council debate over a water line extension to the Solid Waste Transfer Station, the first phase toward getting it to Airport Road, was messy and just plain unnecessary, but the council made the right decision in denying the extension as proposed and allowing city staff to resubmit the project at a future meeting. But moving forward from here is going to take some work.