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Today's Opinions

  • 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.”

  • Letter: Let's prevent bomb with good process

    I am writing in response to a recent Optic article about the lop-sided membership of the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Ordinance Task Force. Planning and Zoning supervisor Alex Tafoya was quoted as saying, in relation to the work of the task force, “It’s not like we’re creating a new nuclear bomb.” Mr. Tafoya is correct. We want an ordinance to prevent a bomb, not create one. When I was a teenager, a natural gas pipeline exploded in our community. It was like a bomb was detonated.

  • Letter: Don't blame gifts' recipient

    I would like to respond to the letter written by Kathleen Dudley. The writer, in my opinion, seems to be trying to say that it’s odd that state Rep. Thomas Garcia is being interviewed for the position of (Mora schools) superintendent after he received gifts from the Mora Independent Schools. Has it ever occurred to Ms. Dudley that he is being interviewed for this position based on his education, and qualifications? Apparently not. And as for the gifts, there is a reason they call them gifts. They are just that.