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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Don't fence out public

    Storrie Lake has been in the state park system for decades. So it’s no surprise that Las Vegas residents see this attraction as the domain of no particular group or person but, rather, as public property.

    The state, however, doesn’t own most of the park’s land. Instead, it’s the property of the Storrie Project Water Users Association, which serves ranchers, farmers and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Editorial: Two decades of muscle

    Twenty years ago this month, a grizzled old journalist with an Associated Press career under his belt hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. And there Bob Johnson stayed for 17 years, diligently working for the public’s right to know, until his death in August 2007.

  • Letter: Drunk drivers and apathy

    Which is worse, habitual drunken drivers who end up killing or apathetic citizens who do nothing effective to stop it?

    Face the facts:

    • Habitual drunken drivers have killed and continue to kill. See Optic headlines.

    • State police are effective in arresting them — over and over again. Kudos. Other law enforcement agencies vary in their effectiveness.

    • The “judicial system” has obviously failed to prevent repeat offenses; witness the recent arrest of a seven-time DWI offender.

  • As It Is: Openness is your friend

    No one runs for public office pushing for greater government secrecy. But once the victors take office, they often work to do just that — and sometimes rather quickly.

    I don’t want to beat up on the new mayor of Wagon Mound, Art Arguello. I’ve never met him; I’m sure he’s a great guy.

    But I hope he becomes more open with the public.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... TUITION GOES UP ... Highlands University regents increased the school’s tuition rates last week by 7.7 percent — on par with other financially strapped state schools (such as the University of New Mexico, which jacked its tuition up 7.9 percent). That’s an additional $8.80 per credit hour for state residents. Non-residents and international students will see a 7.5 percent increase, while graduate students’ rate will go up 7.8 percent for residents, 7.6 for non-residents and 7.5 percent for international students.

  • For Your Information: The Cardinals score

    At a recent Las Vegas City Schools work session, two teachers from Robertson High School made a presentation to the board. That was no big deal in and of itself, until I found out why they were there, and who they represented.

    I learned that at the direction of Superintendent Romero, an “advisory council” of teachers had been formed that was chaired by the associate superintendent, LeeEtte Quintana.

  • Letter: Remembering Stewart Udall

    U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s father has passed away at age 90, but he left us a very valuable treasure in his son, the senator.

  • Letter: Don't carve salaries into stone

    When do we learn, you don’t carve salary amounts in stone.

    We previously had our council persons tied in to county salaries.

    Judge [Eddie] Trujillo is now tied into some nefarious salary scheme.

    But do we learn? No, we are currently submitting, for the polities’ discernment, a new city charter which carves City Council persons’ salaries as part of our constitution. Some method of setting salaries must be set, other than “carving the $10,000 salary in stone.”