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Today's Opinions

  • Droughts and denials

    It may not be in dictionaries yet, but there’s a word combination being used these days to explain an increasingly common weather condition — “flash drought.” It’s being used by the media and climatologists alike to describe the current drought hitting the Midwest in particular, because this dry spell arrived in a matter of weeks and quickly destroyed an otherwise promising growing season.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 8, 2012
  • Work of Art - Can you find another?

    Teaching an honors course in Cuba, N.M., I had the pleasure of being surrounded by some extraordinarily perceptive students. There’s no particular reason why Cuba, of all places, would have had such a bumper crop of bright students; it must have just happened.

  • Focusing on the dam

    After another disappointing drill — the Taylor Well No. 2 replacement well is only producing a sixth of what was expected — the city of Las Vegas finds itself in the same place it has been for years. While drawing 90 percent of its water from the Gallinas River, the city desperately needs to diversify its water sources.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 6, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Good Samaritans and pigs

    The Samaritan House is one of our better community organizations. It reflects one of the best characteristics of Las Vegas — our willingness to share with and help those who are down on their luck.

    Board member Rosie Lopez recently filled me in on the four major programs that make up the Samaritan House’s mission. They are:

    • Food distribution, which takes place on the second Wednesday of each month at the main office at 220 Bernalillo St.

  • Mil Gracias - August 6, 2012

    This letter is written to thank members of the community who have helped the Tree Board of the City to upgrade the condition of the city parks.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 3, 2012

    THUMBS UP! OPEN GOVERNMENT VICTORY. The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled last week that citizens do indeed have a right to access public records being kept by an independent contractor on behalf of local or state governmental entities. The court issued the decision in a case involving the city of Truth or Consequences and a nonprofit corporation that operated a public access cable channel for the community.
    The ruling further protects the public’s right to know in this age in which privatization of public services is becoming increasingly common.