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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • As It Is: Arguments aren't new

    If Las Vegas attorney Dave Romero had lived in the late 1700s, he likely would have been a follower of Alexander Hamilton, who supported a strong executive and central government.

    By the same token, Las Vegas’ Charter Commission would likely have fallen behind Thomas Jefferson, who advocated the spreading of power.

    A couple of weeks ago, Romero criticized the work of the commission, a city-appointed panel charged with drafting a new charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution. The current charter is nearly 40 years old.

  • Editorial: Where is the logic?

    Two weeks ago, Las Vegas City Attorney Carlos Quiñones declared that the release of city e-mails to the Optic was a “breach of confidentiality.”

    These were the same e-mails that the state attorney general had already deemed to be public record. And the same ones that Mayor Tony Marquez himself already released, prompted by the AG’s legal opinion.

    But Quiñones is defying logic. He asked the mayor and the City Council in a confidential memo about what the city should do about this “breach.”

  • Letter: Why fix what isn't broken?

    I have no reason to doubt that Las Vegas Mayor (Tony) Marquez’s “intentions are clean and good,” as a city councilor attests, when he advocates that Las Vegas City Council meetings begin with a prayer. However, I do wonder if his intentions aren’t misguided.  The council already makes a moment of silence available for meeting goers to pray or not, as they choose. Why narrow their choices to a ceremony that may not reflect their religious beliefs, or their desire not to believe in a god?

  • Letter: AARP members visit patients

    The local AARP Chapter of AARP No. 3258 members spent a day of service with patients on Sept. 11.

    Rosie Armijo played the piano and accordion as she also had a sing-along. Her music brought out the spirit and joy in all of us.

    Another activity which brought out excitement in the patients was the selection of their choice for a hygiene product. AARP members bring hygiene products to the monthly meetings and they are taken to the nursing home for distribution.

  • Letter: Big prize, good pizza

    It was after 8 p.m. on Sept. 16 when my wife Anita Vigil received a phone call from a male who identified himself as Mr. Garcia, the owner of Pizza Pro. Anita was told her name had been drawn as the winner of the $1,000 prize. Being aware of the present day scams I questioned her on its validity. She assured me it was factual, that in fact she has signed up for the drawing, since it is her favorite pizza and a place we frequent.

  • Letter: 'Interim' attorney doesn't make sense

    I am having a heck of a time understanding the term “interim.” A dictionary I used said it was “a temporary or provisional arrangement; stopgap; makeshift.”

    If this definition is correct, then why would the Great City of Las Vegas, New Mexico, want to use a stopgap or makeshift attorney?

    It would appear to me with elections last March, that there was plenty of time to find a fella that wanted to do a fine job for us and become a permanent part of our city family.

  • Letter: Could it happen here?

    Perhaps you read about the 6-year-old Cub Scout Zachary Christie being suspended for 45 days from his Delaware school. It seems that, without asking his parents, he brought his camping eating utensils to school (seemingly with which to attack the cafeteria mystery meat). A teacher saw it and, as required, reported it. The school district ruled that this otherwise exemplary student, in fact, brought a knife to school. So under the district’s strict no-tolerance policy, Zachary was required to be suspended for 45 days.