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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 24, 2012
  • Editor's Note - What did I miss?

    For anyone who pays attention to my whereabouts or reads this column regularly, you may know that I left town recently to attend a memorial service for my father, who died Sept. 6 at age 86.

    It was a good trip. The service was a true celebration of a wonderful life well lived, and I was able to spend some quality time with my mother, who  maintains her warm and bright outlook on life. Plus, I saw more family than I could count and left feeling blessed to have such a big and boisterous clan to which to return during times of loss.

  • Fracking consumes water, much more

    I have been following the arguments in the newspaper about the possibility of hydraulic fracturing in San Miguel County. Having recently moved here from an area of Texas where there is fracking aplenty, I thought I would share what I know first-hand about the effects of fracking and all that comes with it.

  • In this free society of ours

    What a sad situation for the woman who had free roaming dogs attack her dog, she could have gotten mauled herself but was brave enough to do whatever she could do to save her dog.  

    The law-abiding citizens have their pets vaccinated, licensed, kept in their yards and walked on leashes. What a shame that in this free society of ours these law-abiding people are fast becoming the prisoners, unable to walk their pets, while some dogs roam free with no one to take  responsibility for them.  

    Kim Delgado
    Las Vegas

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 21, 2012

    THUMBS UP! Three decades of service. The United World College is celebrating 30 years of bringing the best and the brightest students to the campus. The college — the only such school in the United States — was founded by wealthy entrepreneur Armand Hammer in 1982 and counts Prince Charles among its distinguished patrons and visitors.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 21, 2012
  • Water rate hike will hurt poor

    The minimum (city utility) rates, which include sewer and trash have already increased, as has tax from about 7 percent to 8 percent.

    In 2004 the minimum (city utility) bill, including sewer and trash, was about $36. Now in 2012 the same bill is $53. That’s a difference of $12.

    Unless there is a pay increase in local wages, Social Security and disability, it seems a water rate increase may very well over-burden our poor and working-class citizens of Las Vegas, N.M.

    Susan Salas
    Las Vega

  • Ordinance would be a ‘betrayal’

    The county’s process for developing oil and gas regulation reeks of corruption.

    Lets start with the Citizen’s Oil and Gas Task Force. Half of the people on the task force have financial ties to the oil and gas industry, including Karin Foster, attorney and lobbyist for the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. Yes, she sits on the task force, and she represents over 300 oil and gas businesses. Foster’s not even a county resident; She lives in Albuquerque. Why is she on the task force?