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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Marriage should stay gender based

    This is in regards to your Nov. 20 editorial, “Marriage as a right” contending that Proposition 8 should be struck down (voted in by the people of California that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid) and again [an Associated Press] article on Dec. 1 emphasizing gay civil rights and equality.

  • LETTER: Workers' rights are human rights

    Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This remarkable document, formulated in the aftermath of World War II, expanded the scope and application of our own Bill of Rights, written 159 years earlier.

     The UDHR applies to all individuals throughout the world, whatever their country or beliefs, without any exceptions for local customs. For example, “Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.” (Article 16 (2))

  • EDITORIAL: Address issue responsibly

    Next week, San Miguel County Commission members will have a weighty issue placed on their shoulders. At 10 a.m. Tuesday, they will consider an amendment to the county’s renewable energy ordinance to establish greater setbacks and noise limits for wind turbines. We hope the commissioners will give it the serious consideration it deserves.

  • COLUMN: Sorry, teachers, it's not radical

    In high school, my biology teacher often showed films during class. I remember people would often point to the teacher in the darkened classroom as he dozed off. During lectures, he would often veer off course, talking about mice in the school or bees buzzing in the classroom.

    In short, we didn’t learn much.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, Espiridion Nick Aragon received recognition at the Veterans Park Services for his contributions and many years of service to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1547 of Las Vegas. It is with great pride that Nick and his family express their gratitude to VFW Post 1547, to Quarter Master Archie Garduño, and all comrades of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

  • EDITORIAL: An advocate for children

    From time to time, New Mexico demonstrates that it is a forward-thinking state. From the Rail Runner between Albuquerque and Santa Fe to the planned Spaceport down south, our state has embraced the future. Whether you agree with these costly endeavors or not, it’s clear to all that they are designed with tomorrow in mind.

  • EDITORIAL: Saying no to lobbyist

    The Las Vegas City Council made the right decision last week when it rejected a proposal to include lobbying duties in the grant writer’s job description.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said the skills required of a lobbyist are far different from that of a grant writer. A grant writer for the city has to have considerable knowledge about the mechanics of government and the ability to research. A lobbyist, meanwhile, has to know how to work the political scene.

    Madrid made another good point: The mayor and council members themselves can serve as lobbyists.

  • EDITORIAL: Don't ruin a good thing

    Parents of students at Union Elementary take a special pride in their school. It’s small, and its students have been testing very well compared to others across the state.

    For some years now, the West Las Vegas district has been considering moving Union classes to Tony Serna Elementary and transferring the Family Partnership to Union.

    The school board should think long and hard before putting this plan into action. We’d hate to see a good thing end.