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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Shaking up Mora County

    “Mora County had the equivalent of a political earthquake,” said David Giuliani in the June 7 Optic.

    Two Mora County Commission seats were taken by John Olivas and Paula Garcia during the primary election June 1. Uncontested for the November ballot and new to political life, Olivas begins his four-year term as the District 2 commissioner this coming January, while Garcia will run against Republican opponent, Antonio Pino in District 1.  But with 61 percent of the primary vote, her win in November should be for certain.  

  • As It Is: Political decisions

    Every sheriff in New Mexico gets to pick his own undersheriff. It’s a political appointment, so the undersheriff doesn’t have much job protection.

    If the under-sheriff looks at the boss in the wrong way, then the sheriff can get rid of him.

    In March, when Mora County Undersheriff Tim Marquez decided to run for sheriff against his boss, Roy Cordova, the sheriff quickly fired him.

    At the time, I thought that seemed acceptable — that’s just the way it works.

    Now, I’m wondering whether it should work that way.

  • Letter: Changes should be tough to make

    Regarding MSMEC Proposed Bylaw Change No. 16: The reason for requiring super majority votes when changing charters, bylaws, etc. is to deliberately make it difficult. If the location of the co-op headquarters can be changed with a simple majority vote, we could potentially be changing locations every other year.  

  • Another Perspective: Perceptions about torture

    June is Torture Awareness Month, and to observe it, the Las Vegas group of Amnesty International will hold two events this Friday and Saturday.

    The Saturday event will be the annual vigil to remember victims of torture, taking place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Sixth and National. The night before, the group will show a film, “The Response,” a dramatization of a panel of military judges deciding whether an alleged enemy combatant should be released from detention at Guantánamo, or continue to be imprisoned, perhaps indefinitely.

  • Letter: A 'yes' vote for co-op proposal

    In response to the advertisement in the Optic about the Mora San Miguel Electric Co-op annual meeting: I find the ad offensive because it is factually incorrect, and misses the larger point. The ad states that one of the proposed bylaw changes suggests moving the cooperative to Pecos, which is not the case. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did not submit, write, or collaborate on proposal No.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... SHOW'S OVER. Val Kilmer gave an awkward apology at this week’s San Miguel County Commission meeting, saying he was sorry about what he says he didn’t say. And while that seems to be enough for most, it may not have been enough for his main antagonist, Abe Tapia, who was also put off by the “police state” approach to Wednesday’s meeting.

  • Letter: A 21st century change called for

    Apparently, the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative has not even considered using current technology to solve the distance-to-meeting problem for its membership. Simply employ video teleconferencing from the Pecos office during meetings. This technology has been available for at least two decades, is proven, and is increasingly popular in commercial settings as the cost of travel increases. There are a number of commercial services offering this technology; for instance, Go To Meeting or Webex, among others.

  • Work of Art: Let's go buy some land mines

    All right, Tom Mullins, which version of your loose-lips-sink-ships inanity would you like for the public to bruit around?

    Republican Tom Mullins, who will face U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in the November general election, was on local radio station KNMX in May. Although he made the following quoted remarks about a month ago, before winning the recent primaries, the full impact of the statements appeared in the press only last week.