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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoons - June 15, 2012
  • Student retention not the answer

    I felt I had to write this letter because of the number of parents who expressed disappointment in the educational system.

    It appears that several students were retained, and this really concerns me.

    At UNM, I took classes in Supervision of Instruction.

    One of the things the instructor taught us is that retention of students has never been proved to work for the better.

  • ‘Highland Drive Speedway’

  • ‘Red Dawn’ and Las Vegas’ history

    The filming of the 1984 movie “Red Dawn” in Las Vegas area should go down as an important event with regards to productions shot and overall town history. The film, which shot on a low budget, can be considered a pop icon for the very plot in the movie about high schoolers taking up arms to protect themselves plus the freedom they love against a foreign invader.

  • Let’s not foul our own nest

    We live on the blue planet. Safe drinking water has been at the heart of all successful communities over the span of human time. The Upper Pecos Watershed is fragile, in drought and on a dangerous precipice of not having adequate quantities or quality of water for life as we know it here. Our fire danger right now is at an all-time high.

  • Nuestra Historia - ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here’

    On June 11, 1923, Judge David J. Leahy issued an arrest warrant for Carl Magee, ordering Sheriff Lorenzo Delgado to “take the body of Carl C. Magee and keep him safely so that you have his body forthwith before the District Court within and for San Miguel County.”

    Secundino Romero had set in motion the wheels of San Miguel County justice — his justice. Carl Magee’s Albuquerque newspaper would be silenced, and Magee himself punished. The stage was set in a town controlled by a family whose very name meant Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - June 15, 2012

    The Holland (Mich.) Sentinel on the presidential campaign (June 10) — Americans won’t vote for president for almost five months, but we already seem to be in the thick of the presidential campaign. Attack ads denigrating Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are rolling out on television and the Web, fueled by hundreds of millions of dollars in “super PAC” money unleashed by the 2010 Citizens United decision. ...

  • Droughtful summer

    We’ve been lucky so far. A pair of lightning strikes near our primary water supply set off a couple of wildfires that were quickly and skillfully extinguished. Las Vegas avoided its worst-case scenario.

    So far. As some other raging New Mexico wildfires demonstrate, we’re a long way from being in the clear. It’s going to take great care and due diligence to successfully make it through the year.

    Troubles stemming from the drought are all around — in the wildfires, wildlife and in simple economic impact.