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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Editor's Note - Truth takes a back seat

    Here we are, in the depths of the 2012 presidential election campaign, and cold, hard facts have taken a back  seat to political spin.
    Both campaigns, and their superPAC backers, have become quite agile in manipulating the truth. And while many media outlets are performing an admirable service by calling the campaigns out on their falsifications, the truth is still getting bested by the politicos.

  • Mil Gracias - Oct. 15, 2012

    Casa de Cultura is a community based organization that seeks to create a strong cultural environment in Las Vegas and in Northern New Mexico. One of the strategic objectives of Casa is to present multicultural experiences for the citizens in efforts to help our people gain appreciation of other cultures.
    This year’s Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues was a rousing success with a rockin’ party on Friday night, Sept. 14, at the Plaza Hotel featuring Wayne Roper’s Unfinished Business and The Rudy Boy Experiment, one of Albuquerque’s great blues bands.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 12, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! NECESSARY CONCLUSION. Mora County resident Rudolph “Rudy” Muniz, 53, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and two counts of causing great bodily harm. The charges stem from a February accident at Lincoln and Grand avenues in Las Vegas.
    Muniz was reportedly driving drunk — his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit — when he ran a stop sign and was hit by another vehicle, resulting in the death of Muniz’s friend, Manuel Olivas, and the injury of two others.

  • Another Perspective - Water: A regional unifier

    Water is connected somehow to almost every aspect of our lives; from eating, hydrating and bathing to agriculture and recreation, we must have water to survive.

    Availability of water is also crucial to community vitality and economic development. Here in New Mexico, and particularly our northeastern region, water resources are scarce even in high-moisture years, but recent droughts have further underscored the need to be careful about how we use this resource.

  • Finding help and more in Las Vegas

    While attending the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees (NMAER) Convention in Las Vegas (on Sept. 28-29), my car had a flat and ruined tire just after leaving the McDonald’s.

    The three kind men at BTU on Mills Street had to use a tractor with front-end loader and a large air tank (to fix the damage).

    Another young man led me, in his pickup, over to Duran’s Tire Shop. Mr. “just call me Walter” and his employee fixed the car, etc. These six men went way beyond the second miles (to assist).