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Today's Opinions

  • FFA raising it own funds

    This letter is in response to the tongue lashing given to the RHS FFA students at the recent Las Vegas City School board meeting. First of all I would like to clarify with Ms. Gloria Lovato-Pacheco that the money the students used was not given to the students by the city school board.

    Rather, that money was raised by the FFA students, parents and extended family members in order for these students to represent Robertson High School, the city of Las Vegas as well as the state of New Mexico at the National Convention.

  • Trash bin in wrong place

    There is a dumpster in the parking lot behind Wells Fargo downtown that is used primarily by Dick’s Restaurant. The fact that the city trash truck drivers can’t seem to place the damn thing on its concrete pad is one thing, but why is it always way out on the sidewalk!

    What really gets me is that this thing is nearly constantly leaking a mix of bar and restaurant fluids across the sidewalk and into the gutter!

  • Lawmakers deserve thanks for measure

    The reintroduction of Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishing Act in Taos County on March 29 is a huge win for northern New Mexico. Our Democratic congressional delegation — Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich deserve praise from people here in northern New Mexico for taking the step in this 112th Congress to preserve 236,000 acres in north central New Mexico.  Please take a moment to call the delegation thanking them for their work.  

  • Recital a success

    The 6th annual Thomas Mishler Music Scholarship Recital was recently performed by four very talented students from the NMHU Music Department. They were soprano, Nicole Robinson; tenor saxophone, Joshua Armendariz; baritone and guitar, Timothy Martinez; and, Dennis Montaño on the trumpet. These students were awarded a competitive scholarship last fall. In the meantime, they worked closely with their music instructors to prepare four to five selections for the spring recital.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 6, 2011
  • PED’s big mistake

    Last year, New Mexico school districts were facing an across-the-board cut of more than 3 percent when then-Gov. Bill Richardson decided he didn’t want it to happen on his watch. So he used some stimulus money as a band-aid and passed the bleeding on to the new governor.

    Then came the Susana Martinez administration, ready to take on the state budget by cutting but not taxing. So when public education cuts came in at about 1.5 percent, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

    It was too good to be true.

  • Work of Art: I just had to send this to you

    Imagine receiving a letter so eye-catching that it makes you want to send a copy to 100 friends. But wait! With postage costing $44, not to mention the price of paper, envelopes and ink, well that starts to run into money.

    The only time I succumbed to such expenditures was in 1972, when an acquaintance whom I met at a workshop in Charlottesville, Va., sent me a letter with the notation “This one really works!” with the urging that I send copies of the letter to 25 friends.

  • Opening the school coffers

    Among the education bills that Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law last week is one aimed at increasing transparency in the state’s public school districts, by requiring that certain financial information on districts and charter schools be posted on the relatively new Sunshine Portal (located at www.sunshineportalnm.com/).

    Moreover, she gave a great reason why it’s such an important move.