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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Privatization raises questions

    If the city decides to privatize the Solid Waste Department, will the new for-profit company provide, at a minimum, the same services currently provided? Consider the following:

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste for official alley clean-ups?

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste after each Ward clean-up?

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste after citywide clean-ups on Saturdays?

     Will they clean up the streets and parks after parades, fiestas, etc.?

  • Editorial: Finance post a key one

    Ruben Cordova, the West Las Vegas school district’s new superintendent, made a good decision when he hired an outside person to take a look at the district’s business office.

    Larry Binkley, who has served as a business manager for a number of New Mexico school districts, interviewed business office employees and took a look at the district’s finances.

    He reported finding a department full of backbiting and gossip. And he said the employees weren’t happy with their supervisor, Dawn Biagianti, the business manager.

  • Work of Art: Where's the, er, euphemism?

    There’s a line in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in which George, the host, asks his wife Martha to show their guest “to the ‘euphemism.’”

    The guest in this play by Edward Albee needed to visit the bathroom after having consumed several too many drinks.

  • As It Is: Santa Fe's influence

    When I was covering a dysfunctional village council in southern New Mexico years ago, an old reporter told me that all of the members seemed normal when you met with them individually. But, together, they made a circus.

    Is that the case these days with the Fiesta Council? I have talked with many of these folks over the years, and they seemed pleasant and reasonable.

  • Editorial: Unexpected tax hike

    East-side residents should prepare their budgets for a 30 percent increase in their property tax bills come November. This more than likely won’t change, despite all the controversy surrounding this unexpected hike.

    The tax increase is to cover bond payments, which amount to $1.3 million in 2010. The money pays for building improvements in the Las Vegas City Schools district.

  • Letter: Slap in the face to service members

    I have put my life on the line for New Mexico and the United States for 22 years, and I know the sacrifices our men and women in the armed forces willingly give for all U.S. citizens. I feel it is a slap in the face to all these men and women for the mayor and council of Las Vegas to propose a resolution opposing the Cannon (Air Force Base) plan. The safety of the flight crews depends on the training they get and the terrain in northern New Mexico is what they need and, yes, there are risks. Mostly to the flight crews but they are used to that.

  • Letter: City should apply law equally

    The city of Las Vegas recently passed a revised water conservation Ordinance No. 09-18 that restricts water usage, that is, unless your have political connections.

  • Letter: BP has ultimate responsibility

    Although oil may have stopped spewing from BP’s blown well in the Gulf of Mexico, the battle to combat its effects on wildlife populations will continue for years to come. Calling wetland habitat and wildlife “the voiceless and voteless victims of the Deepwater Horizons tragedy,” the Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge and support groups from other National Wildlife Refuges in New Mexico have contributed $2,850 to a national fund for immediate relief.