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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Tasers not the sheriff's call

    For months, the San Miguel County Commission has been considering whether the Sheriff’s Department should use Tasers.

    Last week, the commission held a public hearing on the electroshock weapon. Sheriff Benjie Vigil invited several other sheriffs; speaking for them was the director of the New Mexico Sheriffs and Chiefs Association, Jim Burleson.

    Burleson’s message was simple: The sheriff should decide whether to use Tasers, not the County Commission.

  • LETTER: Personal opposition goes long way back

    I would like to offer some of my reasons for opposing consolidation of the East and West school administrations. First of all, I finished my elementary education in West Las Vegas in 1947. At that time, few of the kids from West Las Vegas would attend Highlands High School. Some of the West kids whose families could afford it attended Highlands High School or the I.C. Catholic School. ...

  • AS IT IS: Transparently untransparent

    A few weeks ago, a political observer told me that he was hearing reports that Mayor Tony Marquez wouldn’t run for a second term.

    I didn’t really believe that at the time. Marquez is a relatively young, ambitious guy. Why would he voluntarily relinquish his throne?

    Of course, the mayor won’t show his cards about his plans for next year. He won’t even return my calls or e-mails.

    Marquez works in Santa Fe, so people around here don’t see him much. He’s removed from the town he leads.

  • LETTER: Looking for other West '81 graduates

    I am a West Las Vegas High School graduate class of ‘81. I currently find myself serving my 27th year in the U.S. Navy in Kuwait. I am asking for your help in contacting my classmates for our upcoming class reunion in 2011. We are trying to get everyone on Facebook so that we can get the ball rolling. I live in Denver, Colo., but won’t be back until May 2010. If plans don’t change. My e-mail is cleofas1893-@hotmail.com.

    Thank you for your help.

     Larry C. Herrera

    (aka Pacheco)

    Tecolote

  • EDITORIAL: Fairness lacking

    When it comes to fairness and consistency, the city missed the mark in its recent handling of how to allocate lodgers tax proceeds.

    In July, the council approved a request to give $15,000 to Albuquerque company Fresquez Productions to promote a boxing fight featuring Holly Holm in Las Vegas. The firm’s owner, Lenny Fresquez, didn’t have to show up to answer any questions.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... GOING ONLINE. Luna Community College students can now register online, and officials say that this may already be helping to increase enrollment. It’s really a no-brainer to have this service; greater efficiency in the admissions process will make education more accessible to all.

    Besides, most students are younger, and they live and breathe the Internet. As such, a school without online services seems archaic to the younger generation.

  • Letter: Homecoming spirit was impressive

    If Robertson High School’s 2009 Homecoming is any indication of what the school year is going to be like, we are in for a great year!

  • Keeping It Simple: The Rail Runner Express

    How long do you think it will take for the Rail Runner to serve Northern New Mexico? This is the question I asked Gov. Bill Richardson, after I visited the Rail Runner when it came to Raton and Las Vegas in July.

    In my opinion, one of the governor’s greatest accomplishments has been the Rail Runner. My understanding is that the original plan was to have the train go all the way to Raton. When the train visited in Las Vegas, I learned that New Mexico has purchased the rail line from BNSF.