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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - West schools began with North, South Public

    Under public education laws enacted by the territorial legislature, a county school system existed in San Miguel County since 1884, and consisted of more than 40 separate schools throughout the county.
    Under that early system, one-room schools were organized in most rural communities, overseen by an elected county school superintendent.

  • Campaigns’ spin, lies beget apathy

    The approximate amount that will be spent on the presidential election is $500 million. An election where both parties convened conventions though neither had an opponent. The purpose of the conventions used to be to barter for the best candidate. It now appears to be a boondoggle for party representatives to dress up like clowns and party. A place where lobbyists and the very rich can come in their private jets or yachts and influence the political parties.

    It’s not rocket science. We all know what is going on and we allow it all to happen.

  • Don’t be bullied into fracking

    A dear friend of mine’s son died as a result of bullying two months ago. ... When I think of northern New Mexico, our love of the land, the water and the air, I wonder why we have to fight so hard to have any rights to keep our water, air and soil healthy.

    Well, we really don’t have rights equitable to those who might pollute us. Large oil and gas corporations have the rights, right now, to pollute everything we love and hold dear in northern New Mexico.

  • Don’t be bullied into fracking

    A dear friend of mine’s son died as a result of bullying two months ago. ... When I think of northern New Mexico, our love of the land, the water and the air, I wonder why we have to fight so hard to have any rights to keep our water, air and soil healthy.

    Well, we really don’t have rights equitable to those who might pollute us. Large oil and gas corporations have the rights, right now, to pollute everything we love and hold dear in northern New Mexico.

  • A loss for Las Vegas

  • Low-flow toilets are in order

    As a fairly frequent shopper in the town of Las Vegas, and a user of many vendors’ facilities, it has come to my attention, and to that of friends and family members, that the Walmart store in Las Vegas has toilets that flush for an extraordinarily long time. It appears that they waste an inordinate amount of water. My grandson, 10-years-old, counted 45 seconds one evening for his toilet to finish flushing. The women’s bathrooms are no better.

  • Mil Gracias - Oct. 19, 2012

    The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees conveys its appreciation to area businesses and organizations that so generously contributed to the 2012 New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees Convention, hosted by LVAAER. The annual conventions are held throughout New Mexico. This year’s convention was one of the “best attended” during recent years and one that, by all accounts, was a tremendous success.

  • Another Perspective - Las Vegas, a political bellwether

    As a journalist and political junkie, I have had countless conversations with my contemporaries about the special perspective I have because of my hometown.

    Recently, the New York Times ran a piece about the country’s changing political demographics, and I was pleasantly surprised to see “Las Vegas, N.M.” as the dateline for the story (“NM Offers Look At US Elections Of The Future,” Sept 29). Seems some of those contemporaries are starting to notice what I’ve been crowing about for years.