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Today's Opinions

  • Heat your home safely

    Tragedy often strikes unexpectedly, as was the case last week when 46-year-old Sonia Baca, a mother of three, got caught in a home fire at Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park in northern Las Vegas.

    She died in the fire early Wednesday morning after helping her 14-year-old daughter get out. An account has been set up at the State Employees Credit Union, named “Memorial Fund for Sonia Baca and Kids,” to financially help the family through the loss.

    Our heart goes out to the family — especially to her children.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 3, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Mixing water and oil

    The other day I overheard a man and a woman talking about the water situation in Las Vegas.

    The man asked the woman, what if the city runs out of water, and she said she’d move to her family ranch.

    He replied that he’d do the same, then went into some detail as to the water he has on and under his land.

    Then their discussion turned to the problem such a move would cause, including how expensive it would be to get to and from work if living at their ranches.

  • Whooping cough prevention

    I was very sorry to hear of the recent New Mexico infant whooping cough deaths, one in San Miguel County. The state Department of Health has information important to all families and caregivers of infants about protecting them. Since babies are too small to be vaccinated against whooping cough, and aren’t fully protected until they get all their boosters, all adults who will be around them need to get an update to their pertussis vaccine.

  • Profit, not property rights respected

    Because fracking contributes to the degradation of our water, our air and our  health, I am opposed to it. But I am also concerned about the fact that if a corporation wants to frack on your property and you refuse to sign, the corporation will maneuver to frack your land against your will.

    In a recent news report, Reuters uncovered that in Texas, the state approved most of Chesapeake’s requests to drill on land that owners refused to lease.When profit is involved, property rights are not respected.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 30, 2012

    THUMBS UP! WEST’S AWARD. The West Las Vegas School Board is being given the New Mexico School Board Association’s Small District School Board of the Year award. The honor is based on the board’s participation in local, regional, state and national board activities; service to faculty, staff, parents and students; accomplishments with a significant positive impact on the district; and the board’s involvement in training.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 30, 2012
  • Just a Thought - The wisdom of Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln’s name has been in the news lately with the release of the Steven Spielberg produced  film “Lincoln.” As is portrayed in the movie, President Lincoln led our country through a low point in our history at a time when we killed over 600,000 of our own citizens during our Civil War.  He had to carry the weight of a divided country on his shoulders each day of his presidency.