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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Let's prevent bomb with good process

    I am writing in response to a recent Optic article about the lop-sided membership of the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Ordinance Task Force. Planning and Zoning supervisor Alex Tafoya was quoted as saying, in relation to the work of the task force, “It’s not like we’re creating a new nuclear bomb.” Mr. Tafoya is correct. We want an ordinance to prevent a bomb, not create one. When I was a teenager, a natural gas pipeline exploded in our community. It was like a bomb was detonated.

  • Letter: Don't blame gifts' recipient

    I would like to respond to the letter written by Kathleen Dudley. The writer, in my opinion, seems to be trying to say that it’s odd that state Rep. Thomas Garcia is being interviewed for the position of (Mora schools) superintendent after he received gifts from the Mora Independent Schools. Has it ever occurred to Ms. Dudley that he is being interviewed for this position based on his education, and qualifications? Apparently not. And as for the gifts, there is a reason they call them gifts. They are just that.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... THE PROCESS MOVING FORWARD. It certainly was an busy primary election season, with plenty of local and state races. Most of them were decided with pluralities rather than majorities — an unfortunate result of the lack of runoffs. Plus, turnout was low. So there are reasons to be discouraged with this election cycle.

    That said, those who did vote made the process work, while those who didn’t — the ones who are part of the problem rather than the solution — have no room to complain (though we’re certain they will anyway).

  • Another Perspective: Online comments

    Over the last several months I have established a new online habit.

    As a voracious news consumer I will scan several online news sources; The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate), KTVU.com, the Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and others. And of course thanks to the online edition of the The Las Vegas Optic, I can call up the latest happenings of my hometown.

  • Work of Art: An unexpected delivery

    It’s not the isolated bag that somehow gets dislodged from a moving pickup or a Wal-Mart bag that shoots out the window when Missy cranks the handle.

    No, instead, what a residential area in Camp Luna inherited Tuesday morning, compliments of some anonymous donor over the Memorial Day weekend was more than a dozen bags of trash, garbage, organic stuff, important records, school reports, sensitive material from hospitals and welfare agencies, a partially used prescription, and several dozen empty DVD cases.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of Samaritan House Inc., we would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to The Catholic Foundation, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, for their 2009 Grant Award of $5,000.

    The application was sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church and submitted by two of our board members, Katie McDonough and John Geoffroy.

  • Editorial: Rescind the pay hikes

    In this weak economy, our local government agencies shouldn’t be giving raises to its top officials. Doing so sends a bad message.

    Unfortunately, West Las Vegas’ budget includes pay hikes for its associate superintendent and business manager — this during a time when West is set to lay off eight first- or second-year teachers.

    Under the budget, the business manager’s annual salary would increase from $70,000 to $90,000 and the associate superintendent’s from $89,000 to $95,000.

  • Letter: Compassion must be in government

    This letter is prompted by the visibility and apparent success of the Tea Party phenomenon, more specifically by the letter by Annette Franklin in the Optic on May 19.