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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Work of Art: Poofreader's on vacation?

    In reading this week’s column, you might get the impression the poofreader is on vacation. That’s a common enough assumption but a rare occurrence. But look carefully. Your job is to figure out that we mean by these cryptic titles to books, movies, plays and TV programs.

    But be warned: Some of the puns and plays on words are atrocious; there’s bilinguality, far-fetchedness and even a few titles made to fit the local scene. Most titles involve changing a single letter; occasionally, you may need to make two changes or even divide a word.

  • Editorial: Bad call, good intentions

    Last week, the San Miguel County Commission had to decide whether to abandon one mile of a county road in the Ribera area.

    The petitioners were a family that had owned the road for generations, but it ended up on the county road log in the early 1980s. They said that keeping the road open to the public has led to trespassers vandalizing, rockhounding and creating disturbances on their property. They said their father never meant for the road to be public.