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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: All sides should have input

    I moved to New Mexico 35 years ago. The clean air, wildlife, earth, people and culture make this a most beautiful place to live. Now the oil and gas industry wants to move in and ruin our home.

  • Editorial: Distancing herself

    If Democrat Diane Denish wants to be elected governor in the November general election, she likely will have to make a strong statement against Gov. Bill Richardson’s practice of awarding top jobs and lucrative contracts to his campaign contributors and buddies. She certainly didn’t do that in her campaign stop in Las Vegas last week.

  • Letter: Business manager shouldn't get more

    This letter is in response to the May 24 story regarding the West Las Vegas budget and the business manager. Boy, she sure has nerve demanding a 28 percent increase in salary. ...

    Why should the whole West Las Vegas staff have to settle for a zero percent increase — people who, incidently, have been with the schools for years — while she sits back and enjoys a $20,000 pay increase? Just who does she think she is?

  • Work of Art: $2,300, A great investment

    You’ve heard it said that a college degree is worth what a high school diploma used to be. There was a time, certainly in my lifetime, when educators urged us not to drop out of high school. “You hold the key to the future,” and other such bromides put the fear of poverty into us.

    At the time, when the U.S. began its switch from a mercantile society to an information-processing country, the need for higher degrees increased. I’m not going to give a paean on the benefits of school but merely stress how important certain qualifications are. To some.

  • Editorial: Change will be disruptive

    Just because policymakers present a united front doesn’t mean everybody’s happy with the way things are going. Last week’s primary election offers a case in point.

    Two San Miguel County commissioners, June Garcia and Albert Padilla, were defeated in their re-election bids. And even though Sheriff Benjie Vigil won his party nomination, he did so with a slim, slim margin and only a little more than a third of the votes.

  • As It Is: Dems' dire straits

    New Mexico’s Democrats are in trouble, and they’re beginning to realize it.

    Suffering from Bill Richardson fatigue, most people are tired of the governor’s more than seven years of pay-to-play politics.

    A day after the Democratic and Republican primaries, Diane Denish, the Democrats’ gubernatorial candidate and Richardson’s lieutenant governor, started to distance herself from our state’s leader.

  • Letter: Secret deliberations cut into credibility

    I read, with disbelief, County Planning and Zoning Supervisor Alex Tafoya’s comment in your article, “(Task Force) Panel’s Makeup in Dispute.” He said, “....it’s not like we’re building a new nuclear bomb....”

  • Letter: A grandchild's perspective

    “In Afghanistan there is war.  That’s President Obama’s fault.  He needs to leave the place alone so it can get settled, and if it doesn’t work he needs to try another plan, not the same thing over and over.  And he needs to stop sending people to Pakistan.  Then it will get worse. I’m Aman (an Arabic name), who was born in Las Vegas, N.M, and is trying to help Afghanistan for all.”