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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Keep hard-earned revenue at home

    Perhaps Ms. (Councilwoman Diane) Moore is right in holding off awarding a contract to our current city manager. Perhaps we should try to hire a city resident to the city’s highest paid office. How many offices are we going to fill with out-of-towners, who pay taxes elsewhere and/or spend our hard-earned taxes (salaries) elsewhere? Recently, we’ve hired city attorneys, city managers, etc., from every town but our own.

    Can we try harder?

  • Letter: A final farewell to democracy?

    Recently five men in black robes took an action that may change the course of history. In ruling that corporations and unions have the same rights as persons to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns, the Supreme Court overthrew a century of practice and decades of legal rulings.

  • Letter: The meaning of a 'co-operative'

    Oxford dictionary defines a “co-operative” as “a farm, business, or other organization that is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.”

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative is violating the spirit of a “co-operative” by ignoring their members’ rights to discuss and agree upon plans for a six-line, 86,400 volt overhead installation that has been designed and scheduled (mid-April 2010) to run from La Cueva through the Mora Valley, along Highway 518.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... SOME PEOPLE STILL DON’T GET IT. There’s a large bank of handicapped-parking signs in front of the city’s recreation center and there’s often a car or two parked there illegally. That’s an indication that people often get away with it. And though the drivers predictably claim, “I was parked there just for a second,” the reality is usually much longer.

  • Editorial: Transparency and ethics

    We’re all in favor of legislation that would create a state ethics commission, but the measures being advanced in this year’s session appear to be lacking a key ingredient — transparency.

  • Editorial: Suit makes good point

    Fair housing is an important value in our society — something that all levels of government must defend.

    Recently, local developer Phil Warfield filed a lawsuit against the city for its rejection of his proposed four-lot subdivision on New Mexico Avenue.

    The state courts will decide on the merits of that litigation, but Warfield’s lawsuit raised an interesting issue: Residents who opposed the development made statements that seemed to counter the idea of fair housing.

  • Letter: Another view of Highlands' expansion

    Reading the history of Mortimer Hall as written by Art Trujillo gave me a push to take the campus history a bit further.

  • 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.