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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.

  • Editorial: Trash rate hike needed

    It would be easy for us to condemn the city for even considering raising its garbage rates by 43 percent for residents — from $14 to $20 a month per household.   

    We could urge the city to find more efficiencies within the solid waste department and scour the federal and state bureaucracies for every available grant. And we could warn the city that any rate hike would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    Indeed, that would all be true. At the same time, we would be avoiding hard truths.

  • Letter: Ready to call out racists and bigots

    This is in regard to statements attributed to Rob Knowlton on June 22, in reference to my disapproval to statements attributed to Val Kilmer, who made disparaging racist statements against those of us who reside here in San Miguel County, primarily our Hispano/Mexicano residents.

    Let’s get the facts straight. I did not call for a police state, probably ordered by Gov. Richardson, a close friend of Val Kilmer, since the governor made sure that Val Kilmer would have protection when there was no evidence claiming harm would come to Val Kilmer.

  • Letter: A screwed-up sense of priorities

    I remember a New Mexico State cop (we’ll just call him captain, though he doesn’t deserve the honor) alleging I was DWI (a few months after I caught him trying to misuse a neighbors gate — reprisal). He lied that he followed me for one mile to establish probable cause. He can’t face me to this day, but some people, who know the right people, get their DWI charges dismissed, while the rest of us get lied about.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    A $600,000 PROBLEM. A malfunction with a natural gas meter at Highlands University may mean that the city owes the school $600,000 for overcharges. Where will the utilities department get this money? This is bad news for the city.

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  • Letter: The best 2 nurses at Alta Vista

    On Monday, June 14, I was admitted into Alta Vista Regional Hospital due to a broken ankle. I would greatly like to thank Zachariah Castillo and Raquel Galavez for their patience and kindness to take very good care of me.

    They were always on top of their job. Zachariah did everything he could do to keep my hubby by my side at all times. Wednesday was his Friday, and I got introduced to about four different nurses that weren’t (really) my nurses; it took me 8-1/2 hours before I got any pain medications. The last three days were painful.

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.

  • Editorial: Trash rate hike needed

    It would be easy for us to condemn the city for even considering raising its garbage rates by 43 percent for residents — from $14 to $20 a month per household.   

    We could urge the city to find more efficiencies within the solid waste department and scour the federal and state bureaucracies for every available grant. And we could warn the city that any rate hike would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    Indeed, that would all be true. At the same time, we would be avoiding hard truths.