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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Cooperation important

    When it comes to fighting crime, the sum of law enforcement agencies is often greater than the parts. That’s especially true in rural areas such as Mora County.

    As such, it’s troubling to find out that the Mora County sheriff and the state police aren’t getting along. Indeed, their leaders aren’t even talking.

    In Mora County, all 911 calls go to the state police. That makes sense because the Mora County Sheriff’s Department doesn’t operate around the clock. There are only five deputies, including the sheriff, and no detectives.

  • LETTER: Concerned about posting positions

    I am concerned with the Mora Independent Schools administration and school board’s decision to post all the jobs for the coaching positions. A coach’s job is one of the most important positions in a school district. They are teachers, counselors and mentors.

  • COLUMN: Pair won't likely return

    Earlier this year, the sexual allegations against Robertson High School Principal Richard Lopez and teacher and golf coach Jay Quintana made big headlines. Both were put on leave, and the matters were referred to the police. A woman alleged that Lopez harassed her a couple of times when she was trying to apply for a job. And Quintana was said to have sexually abused a golf team member for five years, starting when the alleged victim was 14.

    Let’s make one thing abundantly clear: Both of these men are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • EDITORIAL: A good approach

    We appreciate the way in which Highlands University officials are proceeding with plans to build a new student center — by hosting a well-attended community meeting for public input and promising to seek student input as well. A student center isn’t just another construction project for the school, it’s a big deal for a lot of people, so it’s only right to involve as many people as you can along the way.

  • COLUMN: A promise between you and I

    Sometimes even the experts simply have it wrong. I’m staring at a dozen grammar and style books trying to locate some of the most common errors people commit in writing and speech.

    We concede that because people speak about 10 times faster than they write, the ear tunes out some — but not all — of the errors we hear. Because we have more time to read things, we can be more critical of errors in print.

    Let me explain:

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    Mil Gracias to Pastor Ellen Swain, Choir Director Tilli Boozer and the congregation of the United Methodist Church for allowing the NMHU Madrigals choir to hold our spring concert in your beautiful church. Your generosity, helpfulness, kindness and overall good cheer made the concert a magical experience. We appreciate your willingness to have us and hope we can collaborate again.

    Andre Garcia-Nuthmann

    and the Madrigal Choir

    Las Vegas

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank Pizza Pro for its donation of food to our fire department during a wildland fire. 

  • EDITORIAL: UWC service to community

    If anyone out there thinks that United World College is just some isolated ivory castle in Montezuma, with no connection to the real world we know as Las Vegas, think again. The relationship between this internationally connected college and our town is greater than you might think.