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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 25, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Family matters

    I come from a family of seven brothers. It was a crowded and rowdy upbringing. No sisters, though a host of spouses would later usher in a more feminine touch to our large and boisterous family.

    We were raised by a dedicated father who instilled in us a sense of humor and values about what’s right and wrong and fair and just, and a caring mother who was stern, loving and strong enough to raise us the right way.

  • Mil Gracias

    In an endeavor to help the victims of the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan, members of the First United Methodist Church planned a cultural learning evening to teach Japanese crafts and art and share in Japanese dinner. The evening was a gratifying success.

    From donations, ticket sales, and the silent auction, as well as bake sale and raffle from the United World College, a check for $3,500 will go to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Since there are no administrative fees for the committee, the people in need will receive 100 percent of the donation.

  • Mil Gracias

    I have been chosen to participate in the Down Under Track & Field to be held in Australia from June 26 through July 4.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 22, 2011
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! DID THEIR JOB. Members of the search committee for the next Las Vegas City Schools superintendent have pared the list of candidates down to five finalists, none of whom are local applicants. That’s not an easy thing to do in a town that’s all too familiar with the who-you-know process of job hiring.

    To be fair, we know of no such effort on the part of any of the local applicants to get special consideration. Plus, in recognizing their apparent qualifications for the job, the fact that none of them made the cut points to a strong field of candidates.

  • Nuestra Historia - The formidable Don Eugenio

    Born in 1837, Eugenio Romero was two years younger than Trinidad.  In 1882 he was elected the first and only mayor of the combined city of east and west Las Vegas, before the eastside broke away and established itself as a separate municipality. (Don Eugenio alone held this distinction for almost 90 years, until the consolidation of our municipalities in 1970).

  • Orgullo del Norte - Kearney didn’t fire a shot, but Los Norteños did

    “The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”
    — Woodrow T. Wilson

    Much like President Bush’s “mission accomplished” statement, Gen. Kearny announced that the only resistance to the invasion of New Mexico was the mud on his wagon wheels. Both statements were made way too premature.

    Kearney failed to do his research on the inhabitants of Northern New Mexico. Had he done his homework, he would have learned how resilient, self-sustaining, proud, cunning, and fearless Norteños were.