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Today's Opinions

  • Our Watershed: Our livelihood depends on a common vision

    Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

    A common vision for our Gallinas Watershed can allow us to balance potentially competing uses like the city of Las Vegas water supply, agricultural uses, timber, grazing, vacation homes, recreational use and the natural ecosystem.

  • Veto was shortsighted

    In an executive message attached to the state budget bill signed into law last week, Gov. Susana Martinez states that she is committed to ensuring that state government never grows beyond its means.

    Martinez’s stance on fiscal matters is refreshing, particularly given the excesses and binge spending of her predecessor. The $5.9 billion budget that Martinez signed maintains reserves at a projected 11 percent. Maintaining a healthy reserve is critical, given economic uncertainties and looming federal spending cuts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 10, 2013
  • Work of Art - Let’s hear it for sobriety

    The plan was to make this my last column. Yes, the idea was to end on this topic, ideally with Column No. 1000, which would have been during the first few months of 2022. Figure, 52 columns a year (I’ve never missed a week!); today’s column is around No. 540, so we’re more than halfway there.

  • Another DWI tragedy

    Two young girls, a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old, are dead in what state police are calling an alcohol-related crash.

    Police say that 17-year-old Wayne Lovato, of Las Vegas, was driving the vehicle while under the influence of liquor. Lovato, who is being charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and a host of other crimes, deserves to have his day in court.

    But if the preliminary investigation conducted by state police holds up, and if Lovato was indeed driving while drunk, then this community needs to start asking itself some hard questions.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 8, 2013
  • Another Perspective - Pruning at parks set to begin

    The Las Vegas Tree Board is a volunteer committee of the city of Las Vegas.

    Its members include forestry professionals and interested citizens whose mission is to help Las Vegas plan, plant and protect its community forest.

    We have three major goals: 1. To increase public safety by removing hazardous trees and limbs; 2. To preserve the legacy of trees planted by our ancestors by pruning to increase vigor and lengthen tree lives and 3. To make our city more beautiful for its citizens and visitors.

  • LPN recognized by association

    It is with great respect and admiration that I submit this to the Optic.

    My friend and colleague Janice Kavanaugh, LPN, has been recognized by the International Association of Nurses, New York, as a Worldwide Leader in Healthcare and Top Nurse in Las Vegas, N.M.