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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: The new welfare queens

    The big news is that there is a push on in Washington, D.C. to bail out the “Big Three,” that is to say General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler, with billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money. ($25 billion is the figure currently touted, but don’t be surprised if it goes up.)

    The reason that the “Big Three” are in trouble is presumably that we Americans are not buying enough cars.

  • COLUMN: New Mexico's float this year

    New Mexico’s 2009 Rose Parade entry will be as much fun as this year’s float was and maybe a little less controversial than the space aliens that inhabited the 2008 prize winner.

    The idea of depicting our state as spacey didn’t appeal to some New Mexicans or to the tourism heads of our larger cities. But the alien float attracted much attention in Southern California, along with the Grand Marshal’s Award, one of the top three most prestigious.

  • EDITORIAL: Purging perks a good idea

    These are tight economic times, and the city will almost certainly have to find places to trim the budget. Fortunately, officials are already working toward this goal.

    If unmanaged, perks such as take-home cars and cell phones can become excessive. And that appears to have been the case with city government.

  • Mil Gracias

    The West Las Vegas Athletic Department would like to thank the following sponsors for their donations toward homecoming and the Vegas Bowl:

    Bank of Las Vegas, Community First Bank, Charlie’s Diesel, Alta Vista Regional Hospital, and Sun Loan Company.

    Thank you for your support for West Las Vegas Home of the Dons and Lady Dons.

    Jose Medina

    Las Vegas

  • LETTER: Thanks to all who helped

    My name is Amalia Gallegos and I am licensed state and national massage and bodywork therapist in the state of New Mexico. I am writing this letter to thank the following people for helping me build my practice here in San Miguel County and the surrounding area.

    First, Jody and Peter Stege for allowing me to build my business, Melissa Gold at the Small Business Development Center, Sharon Vander Meer at the Economic Development Corporation, Diane Ortiz at the Chamber of Commerce, and Joseph Baca at KFUN for all their help and support in the community.

  • EDITORIAL: Making it fair

    The San Miguel County Commission last week passed an ordinance allowing the county to file liens on properties in which owners don’t pay their solid waste bills.

    This decision comes a few months after the county put a bunch of accounts on inactive status after it became apparent that they were uncollectible.

    The commissioners said they felt it was unfair that some people always pay their bills, while others don’t and essentially get away with it.

    This new ordinance will eliminate this inherent inequity.

  • LETTER: Congratulations to HU's leaders

    Congratulations to Highlands University for not only being financially sound but for once again being a stable force in Northern New Mexico. It has been nearly two years since James Fries took the reins to my alma mater and I want to thank him and the regents for having the vision to move forward. I remember not too long ago when Highlands was an at-risk university.

  • EDITORIAL: Lawmakers are lobbyists

    A few weeks ago, state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, suggested the Las Vegas City Council hire a lobbyist to help the community get money for needed projects.

    In making the recommendation, Vigil had good intentions for Las Vegas. But we disagree with his advice. Hiring a lobbyist would be a poor use of city money.