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Today's Opinions

  • As It Is: He is, but he isn't

    Sometimes you have to marvel at the contradictions in government-speak.

    Patrick Lyons’ official title is “Commissioner of Public Lands.” But in defending his controversial proposal to swap Whites Peak lands, he argues in a PowerPoint presentation that state-owned lands in that area are not public lands. They’re trust lands.

    Say what?

    By Lyons’ account, the “public” part of his title is a big mistake. He is the public lands commissioner, but he’s not.

  • Letter: Doesn't believe the self-defense claim

    I am appalled by the actions of District Judge Eugenio Mathis in the case against Richard Baca in the killing of Benito Lemos. The reduction of charges and bail on the basis of a self-defense argument is absurd.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Yes, you can go home again

    Unlike Thomas Wolfe’s protagonist, George Webber, in “You Can’t Go Home Again,” who returned home after writing a novel which upset his family and his hometown’s denizens by exposing the nature of the town’s failings, I’ve always been met with warmth and approbation when I return to Wagon Mound, my home for 11 years. Of course, I haven’t written a novel about the place.

    Nevertheless, no matter when I’ve returned to the village, I come away with good feelings.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... HISTORY RECORDED THROUGH ART.  Casa de Cultura, a local nonprofit organization and significant contributor to quality of life in Las Vegas, was awarded $15,000 by the city to create a mural on “The People’s History of Northern New Mexico.” The money will go for paneling and materials (though the total price tag is estimated at $25,000). The mural will be on the north end of the old Safeway parking lot at Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.

  • Letter: Don't blame it on secondhand smoke

    I have had it with all the reports blaming secondhand cigarette smoke for all the illnesses of mankind. Most of my patients who smoked died from old age and nothing else. People need to take a good long look at all the damage caused from radiation contamination. It is in the air we are breathing.

    You can see cigarette smoke, you can’t see radiation fallout. The government will not tell you the truth as to what we are breathing in our air. Look at all the illness caused from radiation contamination.

    Blame it all on a cigarette? I don’t think so.

  • Editorial: Keep road for public

    Daniel Garcia, who lives near El Pueblo, contends that the county took his road without his family’s consent decades ago. And now he’s fighting to get it back.

    Last week, the San Miguel County Commission heard his request to abandon one mile of B41-E, which he said had been in his family for generations.

    In October, the commission had granted his request, but officials found out that they hadn’t given proper notice to all nearby residents. So the commission decided to reconsider the issue.

  • Work of Art: Who was the fattest knight?

    Remember the fun we had two years ago with the letters on the marquee at the off-again, off-again running of the Serf Theater?

    To review: Some time after the airing of “No Country for Old Men,” the management had a showing of “In Her Shoes,” starring Cameron Diaz. It was a flick my wife Bonnie and I practically slept through. The first rule of movie-watcherdom is to have a person we can admire, whom we can identify with, but in this movie, there were none. But I’m not a movie critic, so back to the marquee.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    The Mora Council of the Knights of Columbus, Council 9889, would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions; they made our yearly celebration a success.

    The luncheon was held on Dec. 20 at the St. Gertrude Parish Hall in Mora. The whole community was invited to join us. Our council served 250-plus meals.

    Contributors were The Bank of Las Vegas, Community First Bank, Salman Ranch, Robert Serna, Ralph Anderson, Nelson Funeral Home, and Russell’s Super Market.

    Thank you all for your generosity.

    Joseph F. Pacheco

    Mora County