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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Editorial: Quinones needs to go

    There are a number of reasons why the Las Vegas mayor and City Council should hire an in-house city attorney — not the least of which is that the city’s interests are not being served by the interim city attorney.

    However, Mayor Tony Marquez is well served by the current situation, and that’s why he rejected without a public explanation a request by councilors Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore to place the matter on the council’s agenda for today’s meeting.

  • Work of Art: A two-bit effort

    One can almost see and hear them now: Louella, Patsy, Angela, Louise, Dolores and Julie leading a cheer. These cheerleaders for Immaculate Conception School went through the motions as they shouted:

    “Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for the Colts, stand up and holler.” They chanted that way back in the ‘50s.

  • Editorial: West's good idea

    When Saturday detention is discussed, the movie, “Breakfast Club,” comes to mind. The characters in that movie got into some mischief when the teacher left, but they found they had much in common, even though they hailed from different cliques at the school.

    We hope that teachers will have more control at the planned Saturday school at West Las Vegas Middle School. The school board recently approved this idea; we credit West for moving forward with this.

  • Letter: Why not Medicare for everyone?

    My experience of Medicare corresponds to that of Glenn Yocum (Sept. 11 letter) and Jim Peters (Sept. 21 letter). Medicare is a government-run health care insurance program that works well for a substantial portion of the population. Why not extend it to everyone? That is the intention of Congressman John Conyers’ bill (HR 676), which is supported by Congressman Ben Ray Luján, for which we are grateful.

  • Editorial: Don't tear down school

    About this issue, we don’t want to mince any words: Sierra Vista Elementary School should not be demolished. That would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

  • Letter:: Mil Gracias

    The Cleveland Millfest this past Labor Day weekend was highly successful and possibly the best attended ever. We would like to thank the many people in the community who helped make this possible, including the Mora County Sheriff’s department, the participants, and not least, the folks who sponsored this event.

  • As It Is: A way to muzzle criticism?

    During every regular meeting, the Las Vegas City Council allows residents to speak up about public issues. Each person gets up to five minutes.

    Some speakers are regulars, including North Gonzales Street resident Lalo Sanchez. In the spring of 2008, he started coming before the council regularly to air his frustrations with how sewer rates are calculated. He also has spoken frequently about the need for speed bumps on Gonzales and loud stereos in cars. And he has criticized the Police Department for its lack of enforcement of the laws.