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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    THE STAGE IS SET. Gov. Susana Martinez opened the legislative session with a call for bipartisanship. Then the very partisan Ben Lujan got re-elected Speaker of the House. The stage is set for a rough-and-tumble legislative session, not because our New Mexico officials are so emphatically loyal to party ideologies, because they’re not (at least compared to the national political arena), but because they have to figure out a way to offset a $400 million budget shortfall. Such a task is never easy.

  • To the Point: An expensive shellgame

    The outgoing State Higher Education leadership has proposed a plan — kind of — only eight years after a first term Richardson transition team said it was needed.

    The plan has been justifiably panned, but I think the fatal flaw for me is the large and obvious conflict of interest between the authors and those who should be the targets of the plan.

  • Loehr using inaccurate data

  • Group lays out qualifications

    The Community Committee for Better Schools has developed the following list of criteria which the group thinks will improve the quality of screening for the superintendent position at City Schools. Given the complexity of the situation facing any candidate, we would like to see only experienced, successful persons in the final pool.

    The next superintendent must be eligible for a New Mexico administrator’s license by the start of employment.

  • Growth we need

    We look forward to seeing the city’s master plan as it will surely contain some dynamic ideas on how to move Las Vegas forward. Annexation, we’ve been told, will be in there, as well it should be. Areas such as Camp Luna should have been brought into the city years ago.

  • Work of Art: He hasn’t been assassinated

    By Art Trujillo

    An exchange, ongoing for years, has caused me to run for the dictionaries, all because of a single word: assassinate.

    Bruce Wertz, a clerk for the Las Vegas City Schools, has assured me he’s still alive by giving me an unusual answer as to his health. I’ll ask, “How you doing, Bruce?”

    Invariably, he replies, “I’m OK. I haven’t been assassinated this week.” Then he tacks this on: “And if I had been, I wouldn’t be telling you about it now.” Really?

  • American dreamer

    This Optic editorial first appeared on Jan. 17, 2005.

    “... I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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  • Publisher’s Note: Flawed heritage

    I remember the day after Martin Luther King was killed just across the Mississippi River from my home-state of Arkansas. I was 11 years old and working for a man raking leaves, and I asked him what he thought about it.

    He said King got what he was asking for.

    And I remember years later, when I was applying for a job in Little Rock and the man interviewing me outlined the holidays I would get — the new King holiday was one, he said, but a lot of the employees preferred to celebrate it as the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday instead.