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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 20, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Festivals, fairs and parades

    It seems as if every town in the good ol’ U.S.A. has some sort of festival. I’ve been to a number of them.

    In Conway, Ark., where I lived and worked for several years, there was Toad Suck Daze, named after a rural area on the banks of the Arkansas River where, legend has it, people would go to suck on bottles of booze “until they swelled up like toads.” The festival has nothing to do with Toad Suck — the closest it comes to the name itself are the toad races — but the name itself has drawn national attention to the festival.

  • City executed a brilliant idea

    I want to thank the brilliant person that suggested selling effluent for a very reasonable price to anyone wishing to save their yard and landscaping. This is one of the best ideas the city has ever had. Having watched previous droughts and the resulting expense of replanting and landscaping, this is a wonderfully practical thing the city has done. It will also be helpful with tourism.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of myself and my family, I wish to extend sincere appreciation to my fellow employees at the San Miguel County Jail and other county employees who have and continue to donate their annual leave on my behalf. I would also like to thank community members for their help while I recover from my cancer treatment.

    Manuel M. Chavez
    Las Vegas

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 17, 2011
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! HOT SPOTS ALL OVER. The fire in Arizona that we’ve been breathing and the one near Raton that led to the Zia gas-line shutoff are the two most pressing examples, but they’re only part of a super-intense wildfire season. The acreage burned so far this season is more than twice the 20-year average for New Mexico, and it’s not showing signs of letting up.

  • Name someone from up here

    The hunters and fishermen of northeast New Mexico have been waiting a long time to have someone like us as our region’s representative on the State Game Commission. Gary Johnson and Bill Richardson ignored us. And so far at least, so has Gov. Susana Martinez, though hopefully she’ll change that.