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Today's Opinions

  • More money being misspent

    If you go and look at the work at the (West Las Vegas football) field, it does not follow the design the school paid for from the previous architect. Why? Here is another waste of taxpayers’ money, because the employee in charge of construction inspecting/oversight is nowhere to be found. Only the employees of the contractor are seen on site.

    My understanding of this project is that the school recently got the specifications for the work being performed for the board meeting. Now add $20,000 for not preparing the Request For Proposals correctly. ...

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! THE PEOPLE SPOKE ... The U.S. Air Force plan to conduct low-attitude training flights over an area that includes San Miguel and Mora counties drew a full crowd Tuesday to Kennedy Hall on the Highlands University campus. About 150 people attended the public forum, dozens spoke against it and no one spoke in favor of the plan.

  • Nuestra Historia - La Gavilla de Silva

    Vicente Silva came to  Las Vegas in 1875 from Bernalillo, in Sandoval County. He soon opened, on the south plaza, a saloon and gambling house known as the Imperial Saloon. Silva’s wife Telésfora and her brother Gabriel Sandoval helped run the raucous saloon, which was open round-the-clock.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 21, 2011
  • An analysis of recent letters

    I want to thank Kim Reed-Deemer (letters published Sept. 26 and Oct. 14) and Bob Pearson (Oct. 14 letter) for their well-informed responses to letters by Annette Franklin and Janet Schwandt. I also appreciate Ms. Franklin (letters Sept. 19 and Oct. 10) and Ms. Schwandt (Oct. 3 letter) for expressing their views and encouraging a broader discussion of important issues.

  • Fly on, Air Force, for safety, freedom

    According to Tom McDonald’s (Oct. 14 column), local “lefties” are too busy protesting low-flying aircraft to organize an Occupy Las Vegas event.

    I think the present economic and political climate is much more dangerous than the few military jets that might grace our skies.

    Yes, I said “grace.” I am about as much a screaming liberal as can be found, but I have a different way of looking at Air Force planes.

  • Antiquities Act under attack

    For more than 100 years, the Antiquities Act has proven to be a uniquely important tool for U.S. presidents to protect and conserve vital natural, archaeological and cultural treasures in America and New Mexico. Signed into law by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been used wisely by both political parties to proclaim National Monuments that define and inspire the people of America.

  • ‘Special session’ a waste of money

    Gov. Martinez learned how to govern at our expense. The “special session” cost us taxpayers tax revenues we could have better used for schooling, teacher pay, etc. Why we get saddled with “special sessions” every legislative period is beyond me- — just how many laws and restrictions do we need anyway? Yet, we keep allowing our fearless “leaders” to convince us we “need special sessions” only to pay the attorneys to do our elected officials’ jobs.