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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Scenic Corridor not an industrial zone

    Scenic Corridor not an industrial zone

    The proposed facility will be located also on state land. It will consist of 47  390-feet tall 1.5 MW turbines and miles of power lines going down the mesa to the grid northward. These enormous wind towers will be easily seen from Interstate 25 between Tecolote and South San Isidro (as far as mile marker 312) and from the north end of Route 3.

  • LETTER: Why we won't win the War on Terror

    This is in response to [article about] Patricia Anderson on Oct. 24:

    Ms. Patricia Anderson’s story is proof we will never win the so-called War on Terror because we are often steered from our instincts, refused access to relevant information, and mired in bureaucratic procedure — all of which leaves us vulnerable.

  • Turbines and progress

    Let’s be clear on one point: Just because a company is trying to advance a renewable energy source doesn’t give it a free ride over the government process of oversight. That’s not how this nation should move forward with a new energy policy.

    Unfortunately, however, deference seems to be a big reason why Invenergy is getting state support to construct up to 50 massive wind turbines in western San Miguel County, while protesting neighbors are being discounted as anti-progress.

  • COLUMN: Bankruptcy or 35 mpg

    I confess that I’ve always been a car nut. From my first car (a much-used Oldsmobile Rocket 88), more than half a century ago, to my current monthly readership of every known English-language car mag, I’ve loved cars and enjoyed the driving — and racing — pleasures of Alfas, BMWs, MGs, Porsches, big American iron, the best of the Asiatic offerings and everything in between (including some fast motorcycles).

  • Don't high-five the bailout

    The first time I felt the impact of big bucks was in my youth, while window shopping at the old J.C. Penney store in Las Vegas, exactly where Beall’s operates now.

    I had been selling newspapers downtown and ran in to a fifth-grade classmate who I thought to be the richest kid in town. We began talking about finances. I’d been proud of having opened my own passbook-savings account, at the First National Bank, and, solely through sales of Optics, I’d built up a nest egg of about $7.

  • COLUMN: Volunteering victims? No way

    The people accused of assaulting others during a Robertson High School football camp in August are innocent until proven guilty. That’s as it should be.

    The allegations, of course, are highly disturbing. The one excuse we’re hearing over and over holds no water whatsoever.

  • The right call

    Recently, the Las Vegas Police Department closed its rifle range to the public. That’s after officers discovered yet another rash of damage to the facility, including vandalism, illegal dumping and shooting at structures not intended as targets.

    The police made the right decision. Now, officers are drafting a new policy for use of the range, and they say they hope to involve the public.

  • A correct approach

    When it comes to water supplies, the city of Las Vegas should keep all options on the table. That should be the city’s approach even in times of plentiful precipitation, which has been the case over the last year.