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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Heads should roll

    We are outraged with the gross misspending of education money in the Mora school district. Heads should roll.

    Last week, State Auditor Hector Balderas exposed a slush fund that demonstrated incompetence at best and an arrogance of power at worst.

    The district’s superintendent, Dora Romero, sought the audit earlier this year after the Optic submitted a public records request in connection with thousands of dollars in spending for gifts and refreshments to area state lawmakers.

  • Editorial: Down to business

    Recently, the San Miguel County Commission decided to slap liens on more than 100 properties for unpaid solid waste bills.

    The county didn’t enjoy having to do so. For some time, its finance staff has been trying to get people to pay their bills for the use of the county’s solid waste convenience centers. But, apparently, they haven’t been tough enough in their efforts, since the county is now sitting on $161,000 in outstanding solid waste bills.

  • Editorial: Moving in the right direction

    In the state’s effort to combat drunken driving, Gov. Bill Richardson has worked hard to reverse unfortunate trends. He can rightly claim credit for having some success in this regard.

    For the first time, New Mexico has dropped out of the top 10 for DWI fatalities. In 2008, the National Traffic Safety Administration ranked the Land of Enchantment 11th for the number of such fatalities per 100,000 population.

  • As It Is: Remove the cloud

    Incumbents have a big advantage when it comes to raising campaign funds. Lobbyists and big business shower those in office with money.

    Just look at the last local race for state representative. Incumbent Richard Vigil got thousands and thousands of dollars in out-of-town special interest money. In total fundraising, Vigil raised $60,000 to Travis Regensberg’s $12,000 and Naomi Montoya’s $6,000.

    Regensberg got just one out-of-town special-interest donation, $500 from the New Mexico Federation of Teachers. Montoya got none.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On Sept. 6, Las Vegas citizens were rocking to the beat of the first annual Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival at King Stadium, right behind Camp Luna.

  • Letter: LBJ's Vietnam, Obama's Afghanistan

    I’ve had mixed feelings about President Lyndon Johnson for the last 44 years. He contributed much to the welfare of American citizens but at the same time, he held responsibility for so many wasted lives in the rice paddies of Vietnam.

  • To the Point: A baker's dozen of proposals

    I sense an increasing anxiety about the future of our country and thus offer the following modest proposals for improvement. Call it a baker’s dozen for a better America:

    1. Shut down all coal burning power plants by 2015, replacing them with solar, wind and conservation. Natural gas (expensive in the short-term) can ease our transition, but the fossil fuel burns have got to go. It’s either that or the polar ice caps. (And we need others to help: China, India, etc.)

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP to ... HEALTHY TENSION. Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez, who for months has not returned our messages, responded to an e-mail about an open-government issue recently. We hope this is the beginning of a new approach to dealing with us “inky wretches.”

    The mayor has become something of a mystery man since he stopped communicating with the Optic last March (other than at City Council meetings, where it’s harder to avoid us). This has on occasion left the newspaper and its thousands of local subscribers in the dark about the goings-on in city government.