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Today's Opinions

  • LETTERS: A comprehensive energy program

    Congress and the Administration are touting alternative energy sources to replace power production derived from foreign oil. They want to generate 10 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. energy needs from alternative sources.

    Most of the alternative energy would have to be generated from wind power systems.  If we assume 10 percent of the U.S. energy requirements consists of 100,000 megawatts, and each wind turbine produces approximately 2 to 3 megawatts, it will take about 40,000 wind turbines to produce the 100,000 megawatts.

  • EDITORIAL: Keep process entirely open

    No company should get any special treatment when it comes to city business, especially when it involves a major housing project.

    Last week, the Las Vegas City Council’s agenda stated that the council would be asked to approve an agreement with Santa Fe-based Western Trails Inc. The proposed agreement would have meant the company would build 60 units of rental housing as part of a federal tax credit program. The units would be built on land along Mills Avenue, where the city demolished housing a couple of years ago.

  • EDITORIAL: Pass around the blame

    The city of Las Vegas recently received some bad news — it lost a $1.2 million state grant for a water project.

    The state Water Trust Board approved the money for the city in 2006, but reversed itself a couple of weeks ago. We can’t blame the board. After all, the city originally wanted to use the money to pipe water for the Storrie Project Water Users Association in exchange for more storage water rights at Storrie Lake.

  • EDITORIAL: Highlands progress is evident

    It’s amazing how far Highlands University has come along in the last couple of years. If you question whether that’s the case, look no farther than Highlands’ effort to take over the struggling College of Santa Fe.

    Last week, Highlands and the Santa Fe school signed a letter of intent giving the university a 120-day window to buy the college. Highlands needs the approval of several agencies, but it looks as if  the purchase will happen.

  • LETTER: Thoughts about Montoya’s help

    Regarding your thumbs up last week: I agree — Less [sic] Montoya should be a great help.

    Perhaps, now we can find the money missing from the city’s safes. An outside source usually works better, as Les owes no allegiance to anyone at the city.

    I look forward to Les’ investigation into restoring citizens’ monies back into city coffers.

    Everyone in town should support Les’ efforts to find the culprits who took our hard-earned city revenues, and probably used those revenues for their own business interests.

    Emilio Aragon

  • LETTER: Let this be the last train wreck victim

    Regarding the Jan. 15 report, another killed by train, how long will it take until some authority gets [guts] to take the initiative, no matter what department is responsible, to eliminate this tragedy from ever occurring again? Step up to the plate.    

    There is no more time to waste trying to identify funding. Make it happen now.

    We buried another victim this week — let this be the last.

    Many friends and family members will be in immediate ability to help those authorities with any help and support they need, just call.

  • LETTER: Reyes' not along in rights violations

    In response to the Dec. 24 editorial column “Christmas In Jail” and in regard to the procedural pariah of “speedy trail,” I am appalled at the amazement.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... PRESIDENT OBAMA. Not since Franklin Roosevelt replaced Herbert Hoover has this nation seen such a dramatic change in presidential leadership. The differences between George W. Bush and Barack Obama are tremendous — and the change comes not a moment too soon.

    From his executive order to close Guantanamo Bay to his economic stimulus package, Obama is an immediate breathe of fresh air. The nation is in for a tough year, and we’re glad he’s at the helm.