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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: In the loop, out of the loop

    Here’s a quote from Mayor Tony Marquez: “I’m very disappointed that these two councilmen persist in negativity, division, mistrust and fear-mongering. I had hoped that they would change for the better if the people spoke. Obviously, if they choose to continue the dark past, they are free to do so, but they will have to answer to their constituents.”

    Is this about City Council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman, who have been harshly critical of Marquez these days?

  • LETTER: Support for two lanes on Grand

    Last week, board members of MainStreet Las Vegas took it upon themselves to canvass business owners and residents who will be directly impacted by the Grand Avenue Streetscape Project. We talked with 27 businesses and one resident; we were not able to meet with four residents and two businesses.

    We asked, Which alternative do you prefer: the four-lane alternative or the two-lane alternative?

    Of the 28 surveyed, 27 agreed that the two-lane alternative will have a beneficial impact on their businesses and provide improved safety and beautification opportunities.

  • COLUMN: Webcasting in the Legislature

    SANTA FE — A gutsy state lawmaker has forced the door open ever so slightly to audio and video transmissions from state legislative committee hearings.

    Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones, an Albuquerque Republican, went out and bought a webcam and has begun streaming video and audio from the committees on which she serves.

    The Webcasting was unauthorized so there is no telling how long it will continue but it did get some wheels turning that had been stuck in neutral for years.

  • EDITORIAL: Passing the buck can be fatal

    One thing is absolutely undeniable about the Rio Arriba Road railroad crossing just north of town: Two people have been killed trying to cross there.

    Now, some are calling for the installation of warning lights and other safety equipment at the site, rather than just signage.

    But so far, they’re not getting any response.

    To be sure, all agencies contacted agree on one thing: It’s someone else’s job to improve the crossing.

  • LETTER: Bring home our National Guard

    While campaigning for president, Barack Obama insisted he couldn’t make real change alone — he needed all of us to help him by making our wishes known. Newly introduced in the New Mexico legislature are Joint Memorials entitled “Withdraw New Mexico National Guard from Iraq” (SJM20 in the Senate and HJM18 in the House). It’s a perfect opportunity to make our wishes known to our legislators that we need our Guard to come home.

  • LETTER: Quit trying to cover up abuse

    I’m writing again because I know that domestic violence is still with us. There have been individuals that say, “She does not know what she is talking about.” After 12 years in the field and having had the best training at the Police Academy from experts, I should know that what I say is fact, based on experience and education.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... TWO NEW FACES. Congratulations to the winners of the East and West school board elections — Elaine Luna, Gabe Lucero on the east side and Christine Ludi and David Romero on the west side. Lucero defeated incumbent Philip Leger and former mayor Matt Martinez to become the City Schools district’s newest board member, while David Romero won the open seat being vacated by Ralph Garcia, who chose not to seek re-election. Luna and Ludi retained their positions in re-election bids.

  • LETTER: Clarity comes when unknowns are known

    Councilor Morris Madrid spoke long and eloquently at the city council meeting. He was compelled to leave as much unsaid.

    It would have been the perfect moment to recall Donald Rumsfeld’s famous quote: “There are known knowns. These are things that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”