Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - Nothing to do here?

    It really seemed easy. I watched as three grandchildren tried the ridiculously easy task of kicking a sponge ball through a space of about two feet square. What’s the big deal?

    Carly, Celina and Arthur Roland, my grandchildren,  couldn’t knock the ball through; in fact, most of the time they missed the ball completely. The catch? Jennifer Ballen, of the San Miguel County DWI task force, had them wear goggles that simulate how an intoxicated person would see things.

  • Shame on the adults

    First, let’s acknowledge that what happened at Rodriguez Park a few days ago — when the president of La Plaza Little League pulled a rifle during an argument involving a couple of coaches — is an outlandish exception. Most adult La Plaza participants don’t behave that way.

    We hope this will be the one and only time that we’ll ever have to report that a firearm was pulled at a Little League game, but the fact that it happened gives us great pause. Something’s terribly wrong when adults behave in this manner and in such a place.

  • Editoral Cartoon - June 18, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The rises and falls of the Vigils

    Last week I offered up some post-election tidbits based on the results of the June 5 primary elections, but I saved this one for a column of its own. Put into context, it’s much bigger than a tidbit.

    Two primary elections resulted in the defeat of two Vigils from the Valley. Richard Vigil, a state representative since 1999, was beaten by Tomás Salazar, who received 56 percent of the vote. Rep. Vigil will serve out his term and Salazar is poised to take his place in January 2013.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 15, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! BACKED INTO A CORNER? At first, the four-day-per-week proposal at Las Vegas City Schools had nothing to do with saving money;  we were told the budget would be prepared with no significant savings anticipated by the move. But now that the district is facing a $1.2 million shortfall in next year’s budget, we’re told a four-day schedule is the best way to save money.

  • Editorial Cartoons - June 15, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - June 15, 2012
  • Student retention not the answer

    I felt I had to write this letter because of the number of parents who expressed disappointment in the educational system.

    It appears that several students were retained, and this really concerns me.

    At UNM, I took classes in Supervision of Instruction.

    One of the things the instructor taught us is that retention of students has never been proved to work for the better.