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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Taking on illiteracy

    Consider for a moment the practical ramifications to being illiterate. Not only do you miss out on the pleasures of reading a good book, you can’t follow simple written instructions.

    You can’t read the directions on the pill bottle, so you can safely and effectively take your medicine. You can’t cook by following a written recipe.

    You can’t make sense of a road map, or follow the highways signs to your destination.

    You can’t order off the menu, read your receipt or make a bank deposit without assistance.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    Recently, the state of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department, Protective Services held its annual Foster Children’s Christmas Party. We would like to express our appreciation to all the business and individuals who made monetary gift or other type of donation to ensure that our foster children were given the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas holiday.

    It is with your generosity that once again our Christmas party was a great success.

    A. Audra Salas

    County Office Manager and Staff

  • LETTER: Appreciation for being able to serve

    I would like to thank the people of Watrous for allowing me to serve their community MDWCA the past three years. I met the challenge; worked hard and prevailed. We have established a bookkeeping system that provides accurate recording of and full accountability on all management duties for our village water system.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    HELP FROM A VETERAN MANAGER. County Manager Les Montoya has offered to help the city get through its current period of instability. That’s good news, especially since the city is without a manager and three department heads.

    Montoya was city manager throughout much of the 1990s and has served as county manager for the last decade, building a great track record. Any assistance he can provide the city government will benefit the community as a whole.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    Thank you for sharing the partnership information about the West Las Vegas High School Website Design Class, NMDOH, Mora and Guadalupe County Health Councils with Mr. Don Pace.

    The article Mr. Pace wrote gave the community a clear picture of the students’ ability and willingness to provide services to the two health councils by creating their websites. Your efforts in expressing your interest in this partnership were greatly appreciated.

  • LETTER: USA is standing against God

    Shuck and jive: Everybody happy? Change, in your pocket! War, war, war and more. New wars. Same old, same old. Ah, but we’ve finally got it all figured out: Progressive, liberal politics plus science, plus (the new god) technology; add a kick of neo-con to ensure the world that we, the USA, mean business! Who has their military in multiple nations, wars, and who knows what, while our ports and borders are porous sieves (not the leakage of Mexican workers; they are the false target of America’s hypocrisy). We meddle in everybody’s business but our own.

  • COLUMN: 'He kept us safe'

    This morning, just five days before the inauguration of a new president, I had a detailed conversation with my grandson and namesake.

    I mentioned, in all sincerity, that Bush had ended the year on a positive note. “He demonstrated remarkable leadership, was strong, was quick to make the right decisions, acted courageously and, in the final distillation, made a lot of people happy.”

  • COLUMN: Divorce doesn't go through

    SANTA FE — I’ve told this one before but it is even more appropriate now. It illustrates how politics works, anywhere, at the most basic level.

    It was 1994. Gov. Bruce King was running for a second consecutive term. Lt. Gov. Casey Luna had left the fold. Patricia Madrid and Diane Denish were the leading contenders to replace Luna.

    On primary election night, Democrats met at the Hilton Inn, by the Big I, in Albuquerque. Much of the interest centered on the close race for lieutenant governor. Both candidates had big hospitality rooms.