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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... POOR COMMUNICATION. The manner in which the East and West school districts announced Thursday’s school cancelations because of the snow was pathetic. At first, the announcement on the radio was that the schools were on a two-hour delay; then word that the entire school day was canceled got out about two hours later — even though it was clear around sunrise that a full snowday would need to be taken.

  • Letter: Wishes for the holiday season

    As we begin the holidays this season, we should all laugh a little, sing a little, as we go our way. Work a little, play a little, as we do this everyday!

    Give a little, take a little, never mind a frown. Make your smile a welcomed thing, all around the town!

    Laugh a little, love a little, skies are always blue! Every cloud has silver lining, but it’s up to you.

    Always remember this thought: The driver is safer when the roads are dry, the roads are safer when the driver is dry. Please be safe and don’t drink and drive.

  • Letter: Adult duplicity

    Roman Polanski  formerly of Hollywood -- a celebrated movie producer.

    Dave Letterman of CBS-TV -- a celebrated late-night comedian.

    Bill Clinton of the Oral Office -- a celebrated former President.

    Madonna of “The Sweet and Sticky (Music) Tour” -- a celebrated pop singer.

    Some people following their example in high school -- a good imitation of celebrated adult behavior.

    OMG!

    Frank Splendoria

    Gascon

  • To the Point: Consolidation inadequate

    The flames of the local public school consolidation fires will be fanned by the latest front-page revelations of fiscal mismanagement, inattentive governance and incompetent leadership in the local school systems.  

    These continue a cycle of previous front-page revelations of cheating, stealing, assaults, sexual predation(s) and other underachievements of our educational organizations.  

  • Mil Gracias letter

    This from a canine perspective:

    Hello to the fantastic city of Las Vegas and to those of you in the surrounding areas as well! My tail hasn’t stopped wagging since the Sweetie Pie Initiative, named after me of course, held it’s Halloween Carnival. I would like to give four paws up to the anything-but-bare-bones support we received.  

    Thanks to you, many dogs and cats will be spayed and neutered and live happier, healthier lives! We sniffed all over town for support and we found it, right under our noses.

  • Editorial: A divisive decision

    As further evidence of just how divided Las Vegas is, let us turn our attention to the recent decision by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce to let go of Vince Howell, who was serving as marketing coordinator. Last month, Howell’s $32,000 annual contract was ended because, according to chamber President Matt Martinez, is was too pricey.

    That was a weak excuse for a bad decision that only takes Las Vegas further down the road to self-destruction. This town is already a rough place to do business, and the chamber’s action only makes it worse.

  • Work of Art: 'Official U.S. mail recipient'

    With trembling hands, I slid my thumb under the perforated seal in anticipation of news that could be only good or bad.

    The envelope had the image of the bald eagle, a line of stars and the word “official” two places in front and once in back. It came with the familiar no-nonsense san-serif font we’re all familiar with, and it bore specific instructions:

    • “To be opened by addressee only.” Darn! I was hoping my neighbor James Sandoval would be the first to open it.

  • Editorial: High-handed process

    State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons has tried to bypass the public with his proposal to trade White’s Peak land near Ocaté with apparently well-off ranchers. He has disregarded the input of the sportsmen of northern New Mexico, whose families have hunted at White’s Peak for generations.

    Lyons’ office maintains that it has no legal duty to hold a public hearing on the transfer. But what would it hurt if the agency actually went the extra mile to keep the public it serves in the loop?