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Today's Opinions

  • A loss for Las Vegas

  • Low-flow toilets are in order

    As a fairly frequent shopper in the town of Las Vegas, and a user of many vendors’ facilities, it has come to my attention, and to that of friends and family members, that the Walmart store in Las Vegas has toilets that flush for an extraordinarily long time. It appears that they waste an inordinate amount of water. My grandson, 10-years-old, counted 45 seconds one evening for his toilet to finish flushing. The women’s bathrooms are no better.

  • Mil Gracias - Oct. 19, 2012

    The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees conveys its appreciation to area businesses and organizations that so generously contributed to the 2012 New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees Convention, hosted by LVAAER. The annual conventions are held throughout New Mexico. This year’s convention was one of the “best attended” during recent years and one that, by all accounts, was a tremendous success.

  • Another Perspective - Las Vegas, a political bellwether

    As a journalist and political junkie, I have had countless conversations with my contemporaries about the special perspective I have because of my hometown.

    Recently, the New York Times ran a piece about the country’s changing political demographics, and I was pleasantly surprised to see “Las Vegas, N.M.” as the dateline for the story (“NM Offers Look At US Elections Of The Future,” Sept 29). Seems some of those contemporaries are starting to notice what I’ve been crowing about for years.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 15, 2012
  • A big leap forward

    It’s one of those events that captures the imagination. Felix Baumgartner took a helium-filled balloon 24 miles up, into the Earth’s stratosphere, and jumped. On the way down he started tumbling, but he corrected his position before it got out of control and ended up hitting Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph (according to preliminary data). Such a speed made him the first human to break the sound barrier without a jet or rocket-propelled spacecraft.

  • Work of Art - You say chili, I say chile

    “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

    The book of Corinthians omitted one thing: What about eating? I didn’t eat as a child does. I liked the spicy stuff.

  • Protecting our water

    We’re convinced that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, just isn’t feasible in San Miguel County. Water is a major component to this method of oil-and-gas drilling, and some undisclosed chemicals get mixed in to contaminate the water, so it ruins this most valuable of natural resources. For that reason alone, we can’t imagine the county commissioners passing a toothless ordinance to regulate this method of extraction, and we expect that they won’t.