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Today's Opinions

  • Orgullo del Norte - The Great Depression, traditions and culture

    “Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.”
    — G. K. Chesterton

    The stock market crashed on Oct. 29, 1929. This day became known as Black Tuesday. Wall Street executives and bankers were jumping to their deaths as the masses were being stripped of their savings.

  • Editorial Roundup

    Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald on that state’s water law (June 18) — Colorado water law is well known for being idiosyncratic. Who can use what water, and when, confounds even the most experienced attorneys, sometimes.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 24, 2011
  • Curmudgeon, yes, but not always

    Las Vegas did indeed lose a local legend with the death of Robert Jones on May 25.
    Mr. Jones often presented a very gruff exterior, but those who could get past that knew one of the most kind-hearted, loyal and generous friends anyone could ever ask for.

  • Prepare for, and prevent, fires

    The current fires burning across the country, and in particular those in our state and adjacent counties are bound to have everyone on edge. For this reason I found it important to share a scary situation we had in the neighborhood recently.

    At approximately 7 p.m., a police car sped by on East National Avenue, and soon after came a fire truck. From my front porch I saw black smoke rising which seemed to be coming from two blocks away under the University Avenue Bridge exit from I-25.

  • No fireworks for the holiday

    Let’s see if I understand this. Fireworks are banned in San Miguel County, but people can set them off in Las Vegas?

    Walk around town. Everyone has yards full of dead grass and weeds. The trees are half dead and dried out. The town is a tinderbox.  

    The people of Luna, Carlsbad, Raton, and now Santa Fe are, or have been, living with the fear of losing their homes to fire.

    But, no doubt because of the precious fiestas, we are going to let people in Las Vegas play with fireworks this July?

  • Fire, water, fireworks

    The Pacheco Canyon wildfire was the latest blaze to set off alarms. A shift in the winds could have turned it toward the watershed that feeds Santa Fe but, instead, the fire blew through the Santa Fe National Forest and toward the Pecos Wilderness area — bringing it all the closer to San Miguel County.

    Of course, it’s unimaginable that that fire would get anywhere close to Las Vegas, even though on Saturday evening its plume of smoke could be clearly seen covering the sky to the north of town, and by Monday morning you could smell it in the air.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 22, 2011