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Today's Opinions

  • Land grant prompted Town of Las Vegas in 1903

    Following the 1884 dissolution of the combined city of Las Vegas, New Town established itself as a separate and independent municipality. Old Town did not incorporate for another 20 years, during which time the original west-side settlement continued under the governance of San Miguel County.

  • Unifying efforts

    Movers and shakers in Las Vegas and San Miguel County have known for years that one of the biggest obstacles to progress has been the community’s divisions. Las Vegas is known for pulling itself apart rather than putting itself together for a common purpose.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 26, 2012
  • Work of Art - And the list goes on

    An entry in Facebook caught my attention only yesterday. One of the “friends” (members) on the social network listed words that ought to be avoided in academic writing: “interesting,” “basically,” “got,” “firstly, secondly . . .” and “etc.”

    But before we parse away, let’s explain the idea of social networks like Facebook, where “friend” has become a verb, as in “I’d like to friend you, my dear.”

  • A call for decorum

    Last week’s Las Vegas City Council meeting ended with criticism from councilors Vince Howell and Tonita Gurule-Giron that city officials had been disrespectful to members of the public and that they had created a hostile environment.

    The two city councilors didn’t elaborate, but they were likely referring to the behavior of City Attorney Dave Romero and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz who, at several points during the council meeting, seemed to lose their cool and lash out at speakers and members of the audience.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 24, 2012
  • Editor's Note - What did I miss?

    For anyone who pays attention to my whereabouts or reads this column regularly, you may know that I left town recently to attend a memorial service for my father, who died Sept. 6 at age 86.

    It was a good trip. The service was a true celebration of a wonderful life well lived, and I was able to spend some quality time with my mother, who  maintains her warm and bright outlook on life. Plus, I saw more family than I could count and left feeling blessed to have such a big and boisterous clan to which to return during times of loss.

  • Fracking consumes water, much more

    I have been following the arguments in the newspaper about the possibility of hydraulic fracturing in San Miguel County. Having recently moved here from an area of Texas where there is fracking aplenty, I thought I would share what I know first-hand about the effects of fracking and all that comes with it.