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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! - INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE; BOARD DECISION. We agree with the decision to keep Las Vegas City School District board members off the superintendent search committee. The committee needs to be removed from the politics that school board members might bring to the table; and besides, the school board will make the ultimate decision anyway. To keep the search committee independent should instill public confidence that the candidates are being screened according to their qualifications, not by their connections.

  • Another perspective: Our water: The basic issues

    Go into our “low price” Walmart and look at the cost of water — trucked in over long distances and hopefully of drinking water quality. Depending upon the label prettiness and package size, you will see the prices ranging from $1.10 to $6.90 per gallon.

    Surely, Las Vegans can do better than that. What about city water?  Let us drag you though some details.

    Where does city water come from? About 10 percent is piped from groundwater aquifers a few miles south of the city, and the remaining 90 percent comes from our local Gallinas River.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Texas Invasion of 1841

    What has become an obscure footnote in both our local and New Mexico history, is the futile Texas invasion of San Miguel County in 1841 — or what most historians have downplayed as the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition.

    It occurred here five years before General Kearny, leading the Army of the West, proclaimed in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846, the occupation and annexation of New Mexico by the United States.     

    These are the facts:

  • Orgullo del Norte - The Native utopian society

    In 1492, Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) miscalculated his voyage to Asia and landed in what is now the island of modern day Haiti and Dominica Republic. He thought he was in the Indies of the East; hence he named the natives “Indians.”

    Throughout history, groups of people have been named by their conquerors. It is for this reason I will use the term “Native peoples.”

  • An incestual relationship

    With Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California still dragging their feet on “end user” applications of alternative and renewable energy systems, we wonder if anyone will consider, that had these areas been developed with more solar and wind power, they would not have had this natural gas crisis.

  • Questions for Alta Vista

    Reading the Las Vegas Optic article on how well Alta Vista Regional Hospital is doing left me with many questions.

    First, if the hospital is such a good member of the community, why does it threaten employees who speak out for workers rights? Since most hospital employees are long-time members of the community, shouldn’t their desires (and rights) be considered? Why also is it that the hospital is so willing to fire local employees who still speak out after being threatened and hire outsiders to replace the locals?

  • 200 ‘pot’ patients per month added

    New Mexico’s medical marijuana program, considered to be the most restrictive such law on the books anywhere when first passed by the legislature in 2007, is now used as a model for other state laws. Fifteen states protect the use of medical marijuana for health care within their borders, and another seven or eight states have some such programs under discussion and planning.

  • Legislative bills we like

    Last December, a great new feature went online in the form of the Sunshine Portal, a website designed to provide greater accountability and transparency in New Mexico government. State Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque,  sponsor of the legislation that created the site, said the concept was to create a “one-stop shop” to see where state agencies are spending taxpayers’ money.