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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Note - Mixing water and oil

    The other day I overheard a man and a woman talking about the water situation in Las Vegas.

    The man asked the woman, what if the city runs out of water, and she said she’d move to her family ranch.

    He replied that he’d do the same, then went into some detail as to the water he has on and under his land.

    Then their discussion turned to the problem such a move would cause, including how expensive it would be to get to and from work if living at their ranches.

  • Whooping cough prevention

    I was very sorry to hear of the recent New Mexico infant whooping cough deaths, one in San Miguel County. The state Department of Health has information important to all families and caregivers of infants about protecting them. Since babies are too small to be vaccinated against whooping cough, and aren’t fully protected until they get all their boosters, all adults who will be around them need to get an update to their pertussis vaccine.

  • Profit, not property rights respected

    Because fracking contributes to the degradation of our water, our air and our  health, I am opposed to it. But I am also concerned about the fact that if a corporation wants to frack on your property and you refuse to sign, the corporation will maneuver to frack your land against your will.

    In a recent news report, Reuters uncovered that in Texas, the state approved most of Chesapeake’s requests to drill on land that owners refused to lease.When profit is involved, property rights are not respected.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 30, 2012

    THUMBS UP! WEST’S AWARD. The West Las Vegas School Board is being given the New Mexico School Board Association’s Small District School Board of the Year award. The honor is based on the board’s participation in local, regional, state and national board activities; service to faculty, staff, parents and students; accomplishments with a significant positive impact on the district; and the board’s involvement in training.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 30, 2012
  • Just a Thought - The wisdom of Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln’s name has been in the news lately with the release of the Steven Spielberg produced  film “Lincoln.” As is portrayed in the movie, President Lincoln led our country through a low point in our history at a time when we killed over 600,000 of our own citizens during our Civil War.  He had to carry the weight of a divided country on his shoulders each day of his presidency.  

  • Nuestra Historia - The dream vanished in frost, hail and drought

    Famed sociologist Clark Knowlton would later observe: “The rosy dreams of the Las Vegas Anglo American businessmen, lawyers and politicians who seized control of the Las Vegas Land Grant, hoping to populate it with thriving Anglo American farming communities, expired in frost, hail, drought, and high transportation costs.”

  • An ‘Ultima’ blessing

    In response to Art Trujillo‘s “Work of Art — Ultima, Ultimately” (Nov. 21, 2012) column, I would like to share a story of my own.

    About 10 years ago, while serving as a hospice chaplain in southwest Iowa, I stopped one day at a nursing home to meet a new patient of ours. I shall refer to her as Margaret, a lady in her late 70s of German and Czech heritage. She had recently been referred to hospice care with terminal cancer which, among other things, had metastasized to her brain and destroyed her eyesight.