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Today's Opinions

  • Publisher’s Note: Candidate forums

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño called last week, relaying a concern he heard about the upcoming school board candidate forums. He wondered if the east-side forum might be skewed in favor of two candidates in particular — Felix Alderete and Ricky Serna — since they are members of the Community Committee for Better Schools.

    That committee is co-sponsoring both forums — for West’s candidates on Jan. 18 and for East’s on Jan. 20 — along with the Optic.

  • ‘It’s the thought that counts’

    As I celebrated my birthday, I was thankful for another year of life. I would also like to thank everyone in Mora and San Miguel counties who have made a difference in my life. I look back, and one incident stands out in my mind.

    One year the Mora Fiesta Committeee had a “dunking booth.” I felt that if I volunteered to get  dunked I would make a lot of money for the county. I never learned how to swim, so after the first dunk, I felt I was going to drown, so there went that idea.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    RIGHT DIRECTION. As staunch believers in openness in government, we applaud the efforts of the Community Committee for Better School to have a say in the selection of a new superintendent in the East district. Also commendable is the reaction of school board President Gabe Lucero, who says he’s open to the committee’s participation. He even extends the invitation to current candidates, which totals nine on the East-side ballot.

  • To the Point: Resuscitating Marie Antoinette

    I’ve always thought of progressive taxation — the more you make, the more you pay — as a universally advantageous alternative to revolution.

    I recall that I first learned this heretical distinction during my liberal arts education at Highlands, which included reading Montaigne, Bentham, Hume, Locke, Smith and others of their ilk. I don’t know that these stalwarts are still on the required reading lists, but there might be some gain if they were.

  • Lost hope for fairness, justice

    When the San Miguel County Commissioners appointed a task force to work with Planning and Zoning and the county manager on an ordinance to regulate industrial wind development, it appeared there was a concern to protect the well-being of the county’s residents.

  • Martinez off to good start

    So far we just don’t see the Big Bad Boogiewoman that some feared would come out of Susana Martinez once elected. So far, we can only applaud the moves she’s made.

    First thing, shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, she signed executive orders that opened up state government, by prohibiting state departments and boards from hiring lobbyists, directing agencies to cooperate with any federal investigation and limiting the administration’s use of executive privilege to deny public records requests.

  • Work of Art: Tell me model, make, year

    By Art Trujillo

    Las Vegas Optic

    As a child, I’d spend a lot of time waiting for my dad to get off work at B.M. Werley Auto Co., then the Ford Dealership on Grand Avenue.

    I knew all the front-office staff and most of those in the garage. Remember, in those days, new cars were guaranteed to break at least once on being driven for the first time. That kept the backshop full and the crew busy.

  • Daunting circumstances

    Ahhh, the ebbs and flows of party politics. Two years ago, when the Democrat Barack Obama was sworn in as president, he faced a tremendous federal deficit due to the excesses of his Republican predecessor. And now, with Republican Susana Martinez as New Mexico’s governor, she enters office on the heels of a Democrat who spent the state’s tax dollars as if there were no sign of a rainy-day tomorrow. Obama and Martinez, it seems, have something in common — they’ve inherited a fiscal mess.