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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Now, that's service

    Except for the administration of the City of Las Vegas, which farms out its advertisements to the Journal North, bypassing the Tri-Weekly Optic, lots of people feel good about shopping locally and keeping the money in circulation.

    I’ve tried to abide by that policy. A couple of times last week I was favorably impressed with local service — and remember, this comes from a man who believes it’s courteous to say “please” and “thank you” and to go way beyond our job description.

    Let me explain:

  • EDITORIAL: Out of hand

    Last week, the Highlands University Board of Regents heard a number of requests for naming buildings and other infrastructure after local notables.

    Fortunately, the Board of Regents didn’t take any action on the issue. Regent Jesus Lopez asked that the university draft a policy on how to handle such requests. He suggested that the university not name any structures after living people.

  • LETTER: Not what the voters had in mind

    Does it have no end? Now Mayor Tony has placed a paid notice in the Albuquerque Journal regarding his new water committee. We can just skip over the facts that another committee is redundant; the members he has listed have not all agreed to serve, etc. What is completely absurd about this situation is that he has deemed the Optic insufficient for his advertising needs. 

  • EDITORIAL: The power of peer pressure

    There are few things more powerful in life than peer pressure. At varying levels, we are all conformists. And that’s often a good thing. For instance, nearly everyone obeys traffic lights and wears clothes.

    However, peer pressure can be a destructive force. And that was clearly the case during the Robertson High School football camp near Las Vegas last August.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the San Miguel County Senior Centers (Las Vegas, San Miguel and Pecos), I would like to extend our sincere gratitude for Community 1st Bank’s kindness in paying for the senior lunches at our centers.

    As you are aware, our declining economy has hit everyone hard especially our seniors, and this thoughtfulness has helped.

    Thank you again, and we would like to welcome you to have lunch at one of our centers.

    Theresa Lopez

    Albuquerque

  • COLUMN: An anger-filled mayor

    When it comes to this newspaper, Mayor Tony Marquez is mad and has taken his marbles home. The result: He’s keeping much of the public out of the loop when it comes to city business.

    Indeed, the mayor hasn’t returned any of my e-mails since 8:33 a.m. March 3, in which he responded to a question about a proposal to narrow Grand Avenue.

  • LETTER: It’s time to sit down with workers

    As someone who has been in the health field for over 35 years, I want to applaud all the doctors who signed the petition calling on Alta Vista Hospital to recognize its workers’ attempt to unionize. The doctors, the community and the workers all want Alta Vista to sit down at the bargain table to solve this vital need. Now is the time.

    Percyne Gardener

    Las Vegas

     

  • EDITORIAL: Infusion of cash

    The federal government is making available billions of dollars for states and cities across the county, hoping to spur the economy with infrastructure projects.

    There’s nothing a politician likes more than to get a huge infusion of money with which to play. And President Obama knows this. That’s why he warned local and state officials to spend the money wisely, and he promised to expose any wasteful spending.