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Today's Opinions

  • Dodge doesn’t deserve raise

    Why should Mr. [Tim] Dodge receive a raise?

    Two men died on his watch.

    Soon after Dodge said safety classes were ongoing, violations of basic safety practices were cited.

    Mr. Dodge also erected security doors at City Hall. These doors and security system cost us taxpayers, on top of the loss of two employees, the installation of said doors and the further removal of our duly elected city officials and managers from ready contact with their constituents.

  • School principal not being fair

    I am Connor Mamaux-Partridge, a 12-year-old boy who goes to Memorial Middle School. I am very frustrated at my school.

    My father was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and when I asked my principal if I could collect cans and make two trash cans around campus — aluminum cans only, she was fine with it. However, I completed a donation box and showed it to my principal, and she told me she hoped I wasn’t accepting donations because it “wasn’t part of our deal.”

  • Tribute to a soldier

    One by one the old soldiers of the Mora VFW are being called home to receive their much awaited reward. Mr. Levi Alcon Sr. was the latest.

    Albert Einstein reflected on the purpose of man’s existence when he said, “Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet seeming to have a divine purpose.”

  • Nuestra Historia: La Revista Católica; El Independiente

    Since the first newspaper was published here in 1869,  dozens of newspapers have emanated from Las Vegas, as we noted at the beginning of this series. 

    We began with the Optic, our town’s most enduring newspaper, and recounted how it was started by Russell Kistler in 1879, and how the irascible founder helped forge the separation of East and West Las Vegas.

  • Our Watershed: Our livelihood depends on a common vision

    Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series running 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.

    A common vision for our Gallinas Watershed can allow us to balance potentially competing uses like the city of Las Vegas water supply, agricultural uses, timber, grazing, vacation homes, recreational use and the natural ecosystem.

  • Veto was shortsighted

    In an executive message attached to the state budget bill signed into law last week, Gov. Susana Martinez states that she is committed to ensuring that state government never grows beyond its means.

    Martinez’s stance on fiscal matters is refreshing, particularly given the excesses and binge spending of her predecessor. The $5.9 billion budget that Martinez signed maintains reserves at a projected 11 percent. Maintaining a healthy reserve is critical, given economic uncertainties and looming federal spending cuts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 10, 2013
  • Work of Art - Let’s hear it for sobriety

    The plan was to make this my last column. Yes, the idea was to end on this topic, ideally with Column No. 1000, which would have been during the first few months of 2022. Figure, 52 columns a year (I’ve never missed a week!); today’s column is around No. 540, so we’re more than halfway there.