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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective: Traffic citations matter

    Las Vegas, we have a problem. No one wants to talk about this huge white elephant in the room but everyone knows the problem.

    The problem is the blatant violation of traffic laws throughout town. We have speeding, illegal cell phone use, running stop signs and the list continues. Traffic laws are in place for public safety reasons and when we have a minority that ignores traffic laws it jeopardizes everyone’s safety.

  • Work of Art: A myriad of meanings

    Several times I’ve alluded to the phenomenon of meeting a word that suddenly everybody’s using. I then do research on the word or phrase and often discover that it’s been around since my seventh birthday, or the Punic Wars — which-ever came first.

  • Editorial: A blight along I-25

    Some Las Vegans might not even be aware of it. Those who enter or leave town via one of the Interstate 25 ramps on the north or south end of town don’t always have the opportunity to take in the view.

    The “view,” courtesy of local junkmeister Tony Ortega, is an unmitigated blight on the community. It besmirches all that a great many people hold dear; it taints the last vestiges of community pride in helping create an attractive community.

  • Letter: Community efforts being punished

    I would like to start this by expressing my heartfelt gratitude to a young man, who literally gave the shirt off his back for someone else.

    On June 2, at approximately 1:40 a.m., James Montoya Jr. saw the awning in front of my building in flames. He turned his car around and went back to help. He tried to douse the fire by using his drink, but when that didn’t work he took the shirt off his back and put it out. Nervously he dialed 911.  

  • As It Is: Media herd is on its way

    One of my old bosses liked to say that running a newsroom is like herding cats. In many ways, that’s true.

    We’re questioners by nature, not blind followers of authority.

    But the media often act like a herd when it’s covering a big story.

    The TV stations and daily newspapers in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor closely follow one another, often covering the same stories.

    You don’t see them often around here, except when big stories break such as the infamous sexual assaults at a Robertson High School football camp.

  • Editorial: Full time, no conflicts

    Congratulations to state Rep. Thomas Garcia for being hired as superintendent of the Mora school district. The district needs a strong leader who will get its finances back in order and push all schools to meet the federal standard of adequate yearly progress. (Mora High School, to its credit, already makes the grade.)

    Unfortunately, the superintendent’s position has been a revolving door in recent years. We hope Garcia succeeds and stays.

    As a state representative, however, he should now resign.

  • Letter: Only as quick as our slowest unit

    Our city is governed to the assets and speed of the “Victorian Triangle.” That is, those citizens living within the boundaries of Grand Avenue on the east, Rio Gallinas on the west, the confluence of Grand Avenue and Rio Gallinas on the south, and open-ended on the north, dictate taxing, personal resources, influence, and political clout.

    Our City Council is constituted as one in which the representatives are selected at the different sectors of the city, and the influence of that sector follows the council person.

  • Letter: Congratulations to all candidates

    I would like to thank the 104 people in Mora County who still believe in me. Know that even if I lost the election, I will always be there to help in whatever way I can if they ever need me.

    I tell the truth and can back it up in black and white. I also write a lot of informational articles in the paper which some people detest, but there was a lot of negative verbal publicity and defamation of character in this election process, before and after, and I detest that.