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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Elections need informed voters

    Elections are coming up. Our local government officials take an oath when they take office. Wouldn’t it be great if the oath said, “We pledge to work with the citizens of Mora to provide better services, jobs, education, environmental protection and all else that comprises a healthy community.”

  • Work of Art: Speaking of coincidences ...

    “Six degrees of separation” is a concept that tries to show that everybody is connected to everybody else by just six steps.

    The observation, of about 1994 vintage, is also called “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon,” the “Footloose” actor who’s been in just about every other movie. The task, when it became a game, would be to show a connection between any actor and Bacon.

  • Editorial: Other histories

    Once again we recognize Cinco de Mayo, an unofficial celebration stemming from the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s not widely celebrated because its significance is not that great — the Mexicans’ win in Puebla only delayed the French advance into Mexico City — but it’s a point of pride nevertheless, since the Mexican forces won the day despite being seriously outnumbered 2-to-1.

  • Editorial: Set aside animosities

    In the old Westerns, sheriffs didn’t have to contend with anything resembling a bureaucracy. The sheriff was a county’s top lawman.

    Maybe that’s the way it was, but not anymore.

    At a recent sheriff candidates forum, San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil told the audience that his deputies would start carrying Tasers in June. Never mind the County Commission’s opinion.

    Of course, the sheriff still has latitude in how he runs his department. But the County Commission indisputably holds the purse strings.

  • Letter: Commissioner responds to story

    This is in response to the article which was published on April 23 in the Las Vegas Optic, regarding where we claimed Head of Household.

    Our primary residence is on El Llano Road. This is the only property where we claim Head of Household.

    The San Miguel County Assessor’s Office claims that we had two head of households for four years which is incorrect. This office has no proof of a signed affidavit to make such a claim.

  • As It Is: Pollster targets our county

    In 2008, a pollster called me to ask about the presidential race. The first question: “Do you belong to a media organization?”

    I answered yes.

    The caller said, “Thank you very much,” and hung up.

    In other words, someone didn’t want the media finding out about the poll. It was likely a push poll, in which the caller asks questions with a bias — an example of a question on abortion: How do you feel about Barack Obama’s position in favor of killing babies?

  • Editorial: Sans the politics

    The Las Vegas City Council has authorized Mayor Alfonso Ortiz to negotiate the closure of a longstanding dispute over a Luna Community College natural gas bill.

    In mid-2007, the city discovered that it had incorrectly billed Luna for several years, and back-billed the college $122,000. That set off a series of attempts to resolve the matter and recover the money, and the accusations started to fly.

  • Letter: Abreu was great for West district

    To the West Las Vegas School Board: Five and a half years ago we made a decision to move our family to New Mexico. We had fallen in love with the “original” Las Vegas and all of the benefits we felt it offered – history, local culture, educational opportunities, job potential, great weather, future friends, and a beautiful setting. We have been delighted with everything we have found here.