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Today's Opinions

  • Turn off the bus, you’re polluting

    I was horrified on Feb. 21 at about 8:45 to see a West Las Vegas Dons school bus parked at the end of Old Santa Fe Trail next to La Fonda, with its engine running for at least 30 minutes.

    It stank up the entire neighborhood with that sickening smell of diesel exhaust, and at first I  thought it was some industrial chemical smell, the kind you might get in Detroit or Chicago.

    No wonder we have such a high dropout rate for high school students in New Mexico, if they have to even occasionally breathe such toxic  exhaust.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - March 1, 2013
  • Editorial Cartoon - March 1, 2013
  • Our Watershed - It’s all interconnected

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series to run over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

    Water connects us all. It moves through the earth and our atmosphere in the water cycle, passing through many of us along the way.

    We are only one of the beneficiaries of this amazing substance. Almost everything we do and use and everything on this planet has or did have water as part of it.

  • Nuestra Historia - El Partido wins; Pablo Herrera has tragic fate

    With lightning speed, in the same year he founded La Voz del Pueblo, Felix Martinez dedicated his newspaper to fighting both the entrenched political system, run by the wealthy and powerful Hispanic dons, and the increasing land grant acquisition by Anglo land speculators.

    By the summer of 1890, La Voz had coalesced three disparate groups to form a new political party, El Partido del Pueblo Unido (United People’s Party) — and the new populist party spread like wildfire throughout Las Vegas and the county.

  • Another Perspective - Capital outlay

    As the 2013 legislative session moves forward, I want to take a moment to discuss some of the capital outlay project requests that involve northeastern New Mexico.

    First, I want to remind everyone that capital outlay helps pay for bricks-and-mortar projects all over the state.

  • Speaking of natural resources

    In reference to the Optic article on Feb. 15, “Drilling advocates take aim,” Rep. Donald Bratton, R-Hobbs, stated that revenues are available to communities across the state because not all of them were blessed with natural resources. He added that it’s troubling when there’s movement in some areas to stop drilling.

  • In support of Montoya

    (An open letter to Abelino Montoya): It is with great pleasure that I write this letter in full support of your re-election to the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. I know that you have a deep passion for education because of your involvement in the community and service on the LCC Board of Trustees for the past 12 years.