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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... SERVICE TO VETS. San Miguel County is purchasing a van to transport veterans to medical appointments, though long-term funding is still an issue. The state Department of Veterans Services has provided the funds to buy the van, but money is still needed to pay for its ongoing operation.

  • LETTER: An illegal position against the union

    I have been boycotting Alta Vista Regional Hospital and will continue to do so until they recognize and negotiate with their legally formed union. I know others in our community are doing the same thing. Our community has lost thousands of dollars of health care monies because of CHS’s illegal position.

    Pamela G. Daves

    Las Vegas

  • 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.