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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    The Mora Council of the Knights of Columbus, Council 9889, would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions; they made our yearly celebration a success.

    The luncheon was held on Dec. 20 at the St. Gertrude Parish Hall in Mora. The whole community was invited to join us. Our council served 250-plus meals.

    Contributors were The Bank of Las Vegas, Community First Bank, Salman Ranch, Robert Serna, Ralph Anderson, Nelson Funeral Home, and Russell’s Super Market.

    Thank you all for your generosity.

    Joseph F. Pacheco

    Mora County

  • Letter: Turbines not best alternative

    A landowner in El Valle, who stands to profit from the Invenergy Industrial facility on the mesa next to Starvation Peak, has approached the board of directors of West Las Vegas High School to gain support for the project. As you probably know from previous opinions on the subject, most people in our neighborhood reject the location for the wind turbines. More than 300 petition (signatures) have been gathered against it.  

  • Letter: 'Old time politics' still alive and well

    In Mayor Tony Marquez’s recent  press release announcing that he would not run for re-election, he took credit for “liberating” our city government from “old time politics and the patron system.” Mayor Marquez also stated that he chose to “side with the people.” What “people” was Mayor Marquez referring to? I was not one of them.

  • Editorial: Give Dodge a contract

    The lack of stability has hurt City Hall over the last dozen years. As such, the Las Vegas City Council has rightly placed continuity as one of its chief goals.

    Too often, petty politics has caused turnover in the city manager’s position. New mayors have come in, with the proverbial swagger intent on installing their loyalists. And that means employees have had to undergo new processes, new rules, new management styles at regular intervals.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A VISIT FROM A HERO. It’s not every day that Las Vegas gets an up-close look at one of the major participants in American history. On Sunday, Minnijean Brown-Trickey spoke at the United World College about her experiences as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the black students who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957 under the protection of federal troops.

  • Letter: Always-leashed dogs a problem

    I recently had the opportunity to revisit Las Vegas and my wife and I got to spend 10 really nice days visiting friends who live in town. I again found many of the residents that I encountered to be friendly and welcoming.

    Since we drove out to New Mexico from Florida, I was able to take my beagle Izzy with us on the trip. I had many walks with her through town and was able to see many side streets not normally seen by tourists. What I saw in many instances disturbed me.

  • Letter: Carrying a gun ruined two lives

    This is for our kids in Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and for all who had any connection with Benito Lemos.

    I know that Benito Lemos’ death affected a lot of you, for whatever reason. Thank you for your support. I was impressed with the fact that there was so many people in his services.

    No church could contain the people, so they had to have it in the Robertson gym and even there it was standing room only.

  • As It Is: An unnecessary hurdle

    Local government entities say they hire people based on qualifications, not connections. I hope that’s true.

    Both the Las Vegas City Council and the San Miguel County Commission vote on all people hired in their respective entities. Since I started covering both more than five years ago, they have approved every person recommended for hire but one.

    Three years ago, then-Commission Chairman Hugh Ley voted against the employment of the son of then-Commissioner, Kenneth Medina. Ley said he did so because he didn’t want to hire the relatives of commissioners.