Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Kirby Benedict’s inebriate judgeship

    Kirby Benedict was a close friend and former colleague of President Abraham Lincoln, and was among the earliest of the famed judges who occupied the Las Vegas bench. He remains New Mexico’s most notorious inebriate, and was district judge for Las Vegas from 1858 until 1866, when he was removed from the bench by President Andrew Johnson.

  • Thoughts on freedom, bad raps

    “The land of the free” has become the land of laws, and more laws, taxes and more taxes! In other countries one could get a box of gum and sell them individually, and make a little money. Not so, here in the U.S., where you’ve got to first have a vendor’s permit and license, a CRS number and pay taxes on your sales, not to mention mandatory insurance.

  • What happened to Health Trust?

    Several years ago, my husband, Tom Trigg, sat in committee with Danelle Smith  and others to choose worthy recipients for small community grants from the  Health Trust. However, it is my understanding that the board of the Health Trust has not even met for more than two years. Is the money all gone?

  • Get rid of the eyesores

    About five weeks ago, Las Vegas was blessed with a new junky eyesore.

    Three large semi-trailers were parked at the junction of Highland Drive and Eighth Street, which is zoned a residential area. The trailers are old and rusty and full of graffiti. The graffiti seems to be increasing. There are no license plates on two of the trailers.The third trailer has a Maine license plate which expired in 1980.

  • Let’s put an end to dogfighting

    While we’re on the subject of dogs and chains, there’s a little something else that has been bothering me for a couple of decades now, and that’s dogfighting. Dogfighting hurts my feelings, but enough about me. I’m sure the dogs don’t like it either.

  • Weigh in on reserve plan

    The U.S.  Bureau of Land Management has the unenviable task of balancing competing interests on millions of acres of public land nationwide. In New Mexico the BLM has done pretty well, allowing for a substantial amount of oil-and-gas development while still preserving hunting and fishing opportunity in places like the San Juan area near Farmington.

  • Looking forward to voting for Balderas

    I rarely put much faith in the ability of politicians to actually accomplish what they set out to do. But I believe in Hector Balderas. Out of everyone’s message, Balderas’ resonates the most.

    His background is a refreshing change from most of our leaders in Washington. He comes from Wagon Mound, he was raised on food stamps, and he knows what it’s like to struggle. That’s more than we can say for most of the millionaires in Congress.

  • Former Democratic chair endorses Leger

    Local government has become more complex. Today’s commissioners have to become familiar with complex issues and contemplate state and federal laws and mandates. County Commissioners need to be forward thinkers. They need to be able to organize a government that provides for economic growth and resource development while protecting our environment and the rights of citizens.