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Today's Opinions

  • Process to a decision

    Last week, after about two years of haggling over the issue, the San Miguel County Commission voted to approve a wind energy ordinance that includes the highly controversial decision to establish a half-mile setback for wind turbines. That means that these massive turbines can be constructed within a half mile, but no closer, to residential and other properties.

  • Publisher's Note: Why the population drop?

    We’re in God’s country. Beautiful land, good people, rich in culture and diversity, with a live-and-let-live approach to getting along.

    So why are more people leaving than coming in?

    Recently released U.S. Census data show that Las Vegas and San Miguel County had a net loss of people last decade. The city lost 812 and the county 733. Las Vegas lost 5.6 percent of its population while San Miguel County took a 2.5 percent hit.

  • An informative radio program

    Just wanted everyone in Las Vegas to know that I thought the radio station KFUN had an excellent program on March 11 with our honorable mayor, Alfonso Ortiz, Mr. Timothy Dodge, city manager, and Mr. Ken Garcia, city utilities director.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! RISING CRISES. If you think Japan is far, far away, ask around — the connections between the Land of the Rising Sun and our own shores is stronger than its ever been. That’s why the triple threat of earthquake, tsunami and radiation exposure hits so close to home for so many Americans.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to this nation. Hopefully the radiation will be contained and the aftershocks will soon subside.

  • Another Perspective: Dispatch from Japan

    I can’t think about the future, I can only concentrate on each second. I don’t know what is going to happen.

    I’m on alert for the next warning of an earthquake, tsunami, and explosion. I’m worried about the situation with the nuclear plants. A lot of people are panicking and stocking up on basic necessities. There are a lot of empty shelves at the stores.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of the Old Town Plaza

    Resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk has done painstaking and meticulous research into the original layout and early development of the Old Town Plaza. In 2001, he first published Pioneer Merchants of the Las Vegas Plaza, a work that includes the development of the Plaza from its settlement through the territorial period.

  • Orgullo del Norte - ‘El Tigre,’ Reies Lopez Tijerina

    “Tijerina was truly the right person, in the right place, at the right time.”
    — Maurilio Vigil, historian

    As a young boy I recall a monument being erected at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces. It was a sculpture representing Native Americans. This event stuck with me because of a comment my father made as we drove by.

    “First they commit genocide on them, and then they build monuments in memory of them,” he said.

  • Angry at system of ‘justice’

    With all due respect, I am rapidly losing faith in our judicial system, from judges to prosecuting and defense attorneys, and those who manipulate the system.

    A man kills a dog for attacking a child, and he gets prison time? Another man kills a police officer in Tijeras and now waits for his attorney to find a legal “loophole” to get him released, or other such remedies.

    Maybe the saying, “The more money you have, the more justice you get,” is true. Even if you prosecute drunken drivers.