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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Taser ban is smart

    We’re glad Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold has decided not to use the electroshock weapon known as Tasers in his department. He said the history of lawsuits and the number of reported injuries that stem from their use led him to conclude that they are just too risky. We think he’s doing the right thing by banning their use.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Las Vegas City Schools has held the Fifth Grade Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Tournament successfully for the past 10 years. This would not be possible without the support of the school administrators, teachers, parents, and coaches. A special thanks to Coach Fabian Trujillo, Coach Raynee Gerhart, Coach Benny Ortiz, Pete Garcia and Justin Montoya, as well as our sponsors, Elk Lodge 408 and the Bank of Las Vegas.

    Congratulations to the 2010 Champions: Legion Park Boys and the Los Niños Girls.

    Mark Herrera

    Las Vegas

  • Letter: Services available via state provider

    We want to make sure you know that mental health services are available in your community.

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Institute Community Based Services Division (CBS) is a licensed community mental health provider that has a long history of providing quality community-based mental health services in northern New Mexico. We have operated mental health clinics in San Miguel and Mora counties for 20 years and in Guadalupe County for 15 years.

  • Editorial: Our advice for co-op

    On Saturday, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will vote on a number of issues.

    One of the major ones would make it easier to change the site of the headquarters, which has long been in Mora. The current threshold is that two-thirds of members need to support such a change, but a proposal on Saturday would decrease that to a plurality — in other words, the largest number of votes.

  • As It Is: Is my driving better? I hope so

    Sitting in a classroom isn’t the ideal way to spend a beautiful summer day.

    But because of a speeding ticket, Municipal Court mandated that I attend the defensive driving course taught by Cruz Flores on a recent Saturday.

    The alternative was paying a steep fine and letting the violation go on my driving record, thus increasing my insurance rates.

  • Letter: Message from the grandparents

    On Tuesday, June 8, our granddaughter was hit by a pickup in front of her home. First of all, we want to thank the city police, the state police and the EMTs in helping with this terrible accident. To all of our friends, thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... RIGHTLY SUSPICIOUS. Is it too much to ask that our politicians be straight with us? San Miguel County Commissioner-elect Arthur Padilla is the latest politician struggling with the question about where he lives. He swore in a required affidavit that he lives at 711 Legion Drive. That’s where he’s registered to vote. But his son, who lives at that house, says his dad lives in Rociada. Padilla himself contends he lives at both places.

  • Another Perspective: Traffic citations matter

    Las Vegas, we have a problem. No one wants to talk about this huge white elephant in the room but everyone knows the problem.

    The problem is the blatant violation of traffic laws throughout town. We have speeding, illegal cell phone use, running stop signs and the list continues. Traffic laws are in place for public safety reasons and when we have a minority that ignores traffic laws it jeopardizes everyone’s safety.