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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias letter

    A determined group of local individuals and organizations are forming a growing collaboration to address the needs of sexual assault victims. Hospital medical services, police and other law-enforcement services, community-based social services and victim-advocate services are critical and must be coordinated and ready to respond.

  • Letter: Teachers need more support

    To anyone who has ever had a teacher: It takes more education and more money out of pocket than at any time in our country’s history to become and remain a teacher. Our student loan reform is a very good start, however, there are thousands of teachers out there now who have high-interest loans and old loans for teaching that are not forgiven.

  • Letter: Wind project jobs will be replaced

    In regards to the mesa wind project, I’d like to express caution about relying on corporate promises of long-term jobs for the area.

    In business terms, jobs are labor expenses. These dirty and dangerous jobs eventually will be engineered out of the equation, replaced by computers. Since the priority is profit, there is no social contract obligating this company to employ anyone at all.

  • Work of Art: A midnight dive into Storrie

    Back in the olden days, before Storrie Lake became a state park and when entry was free, I once took a couple of neighbor-acquaintances swimming. I call them acquaintances because they were not exactly my friends.

    Without getting into the semantics of what a friend is, let me explain that they were simply young men my age whom I saw regularly but who weren’t part of my circle.

  • Editorial: Don't fence out public

    Storrie Lake has been in the state park system for decades. So it’s no surprise that Las Vegas residents see this attraction as the domain of no particular group or person but, rather, as public property.

    The state, however, doesn’t own most of the park’s land. Instead, it’s the property of the Storrie Project Water Users Association, which serves ranchers, farmers and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Editorial: Two decades of muscle

    Twenty years ago this month, a grizzled old journalist with an Associated Press career under his belt hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. And there Bob Johnson stayed for 17 years, diligently working for the public’s right to know, until his death in August 2007.

  • Letter: Drunk drivers and apathy

    Which is worse, habitual drunken drivers who end up killing or apathetic citizens who do nothing effective to stop it?

    Face the facts:

    • Habitual drunken drivers have killed and continue to kill. See Optic headlines.

    • State police are effective in arresting them — over and over again. Kudos. Other law enforcement agencies vary in their effectiveness.

    • The “judicial system” has obviously failed to prevent repeat offenses; witness the recent arrest of a seven-time DWI offender.

  • As It Is: Openness is your friend

    No one runs for public office pushing for greater government secrecy. But once the victors take office, they often work to do just that — and sometimes rather quickly.

    I don’t want to beat up on the new mayor of Wagon Mound, Art Arguello. I’ve never met him; I’m sure he’s a great guy.

    But I hope he becomes more open with the public.