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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: An advocate for children

    From time to time, New Mexico demonstrates that it is a forward-thinking state. From the Rail Runner between Albuquerque and Santa Fe to the planned Spaceport down south, our state has embraced the future. Whether you agree with these costly endeavors or not, it’s clear to all that they are designed with tomorrow in mind.

  • EDITORIAL: Saying no to lobbyist

    The Las Vegas City Council made the right decision last week when it rejected a proposal to include lobbying duties in the grant writer’s job description.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said the skills required of a lobbyist are far different from that of a grant writer. A grant writer for the city has to have considerable knowledge about the mechanics of government and the ability to research. A lobbyist, meanwhile, has to know how to work the political scene.

    Madrid made another good point: The mayor and council members themselves can serve as lobbyists.

  • EDITORIAL: Don't ruin a good thing

    Parents of students at Union Elementary take a special pride in their school. It’s small, and its students have been testing very well compared to others across the state.

    For some years now, the West Las Vegas district has been considering moving Union classes to Tony Serna Elementary and transferring the Family Partnership to Union.

    The school board should think long and hard before putting this plan into action. We’d hate to see a good thing end.

  • LETTER: Health, other issues must be considered

    I am an off-grid, parttime resident of the Wrye Ranch area on the mesa south of Starvation Peak in San Miguel County and I am an advocate of alternative energy. However, I was recently  concerned about the plans described for the La Sierrita Wind Project in the “Residents Wary of the Mesa Wind Farm Deal” article in The New Mexican, dated Nov. 13, 2008.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas Special Olympics would like to thank all the businesses that donated items for our fundraiser raffle sales. We would also like to thank everyone that brought raffle tickets. With the help of all the community and surrounding areas, our athletes will be able to participate in the next upcoming sport.

  • COLUMN: From Richardson to Denish

    SANTA FE — To paraphrase an old love song, “Changing administrations is hard to do.” It’s especially true in tough times after a long romance of voters by both sides.

    We are getting smarter, however. When Franklin Roosevelt beat incumbent Herbert Hoover in 1932, he had to wait until March to take over. Now the date is Jan. 20.  New Mexico switches over on Jan. 1. That may be an even better idea.

  • EDITORIAL: People out of the loop

    Bottom line: Our elected representatives on the Las Vegas City Council should be kept in the loop when it comes to spending a more than $1 million grant.

    Sadly, that hasn’t been the case with a $1.2 million grant designated for a water project, and the city may lose all that money because of the resulting confusion.

  • LETTER: Rec Center number is hard to find

    I read with interest the lead story on Monday Nov 24 detailing deficiencies in our city parks and recreation center.  The sad condition of the parks was one of the first things we noticed upon our arrival in Las Vegas over 11 years ago, when our children were of an age to care about swings and slides. I hope the task force recommendations will have an impact.