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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Praise for stand on low-level flights

    I would like to thank our courageous Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr., Peace Center community advocate Pat Leahan, our city council members and the people of Las Vegas for their input and concern about the Air Force LATN (Low Altitude Tactical Navigation) proposal.

    We now have a comprehensive resolution — No. 10-78 — citing the adverse affects this could have on our community.

    I am confident that San Miguel County and all of the other cities and counties of New Mexico and Colorado will follow in the protest of LATN.

    I am so proud of Las Vegas.

  • Letter: Body shops not in carwash business

    Yes, the city of Las Vegas has recently passed a revised water conservation Ordinance No. 09-18, which applies to all citizens.

    Paint and body shops utilize water to clean the vehicles as part of the process of repair; they are not in the “car wash business.”

    If a city department is unable to satisfactorily answer your questions, please remember that the buck stops at the desk of City Manager Tim Dodge. Tim has always answered my questions. If you have been overcharged, Mr. Dodge will investigate and correct the error.

    Bruce McAllister

  • 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.