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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Death penalty not a deterrent

    In his recent “sheriff’s corner” Optic article, Mora County sheriff Roy Cordova expressed concern for the safety of police officers now that capital punishment has been abolished in New Mexico. He’s so right to be concerned for officer’s safety; they have a dangerous job which goes terribly underappreciated in our society. I’m reassured by their presence, hard work and dedication to the safety and humanity of everyone in our community and I favor  measures which would decrease their hazards.

  • EDITORIAL: New energy

    Recently, the recreation center gave its customers questionnaires to gauge how well it is serving them. We applaud this effort.

    The center’s new director, Robin Abreu Martin, has been working hard to improve the services. She recently reported to the City Council about how she and her staff are addressing recommendations from a citizens advisory committee. Among other things, the center is getting a machine to scan members’ IDs and developing an hourly cleaning log.

  • LETTER: Petitioners still awaiting response

    Your readers may recall that in early March a letter accompanied by a petition signed by 180 people from the Las Vegas area was sent to Mr. Wayne Smith, chairman and CEO of Community Health Systems, the owners of Alta Vista Regional Hospital. The petitions asked that the corporation recognize the hospital workers’ legally chosen union and begin good-faith negotiations. It was pointed out that no responses had been received to the many personal letters sent to Mr.

  • COLUMN: Riverwalk is an overall plus

    A couple of weeks ago, I attended a more than two hour meeting on a proposed pedestrian-bicyclist path along Cinder Road. Backers touted it as a desirable extension of the riverwalk here in town.

    However, opponents claimed that the riverwalk is poorly maintained and that Cinder Road residents should expect the same thing.

    Up to that point, I had never walked or run on the entire length of the riverwalk. I have chosen other places for exercise over the years, including the tracks at Robertson High School and Highlands University.

  • EDITORIAL: Public trust is priority

    On April 2, Steve Medina, the city’s wastewater utility supervisor, pleaded guilty to a petty misdemeanor charge of embezzlement. He admitted to having a city employee work on Medina’s personal vehicle on city time.

  • EDITORIAL: Our high-country lowdown on the news

    GOOD LAWMAKING. Anyone familiar with the legislative process knows that it’s much easier to kill a bill than it is to get one passed, so it should be no surprise when a session ends without much to show for itself, especially if you’re looking for progressive legislation. But the New Mexico session that ended a couple of weeks ago was exceptional in a number of ways — and with Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature, several good new laws are now on the books.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The 15th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad took place on Friday, March 7, in Ilfeld Auditorium and was, as in years past, a huge success thanks to the participation of our community members, both those on stage and in the audience.

  • LETTER: Union fighting costs CHS

    What is the argument with a union at Alta Vista? The workers voted for it. The doctors support it.

    I called the corporate headquarters of CHS — the company that owns Alta Vista — to ask the question. The receptionist told me she would have a man named Mr. Putoff return my call. But after I couldn’t stop giggling, she changed her mind and said that a “Mr. Hussy” would return my call. (I still could not stop giggling.)