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Today's Opinions

  • Your money is safe at community banks

    Recent headlines would lead you to believe that money for mortgages has dried up. The truth is community banks have money to lend to homeowners for new purchases and to refinance existing mortgages. We offer the same mortgages we always have. Community banks are weathering the credit storm because we are well run, highly capitalized and among the most highly regulated financial institutions in the country. Our depositors’ money is safe with us.

  • He said, she said

    Tensions seem to be building once again at City Hall. One of the latest issues is Chuck Griego, the interim deputy city clerk.

    Griego was appointed to this position earlier in the summer after the departure of City Clerk CherylAnn Yara. Before that, he had been an archivist in the city clerk’s office for years.

  • Thanks for rapid, thorough response

    I wanted to say a big thank you to the police department and Walgreens for their quick, efficient and professional assistance in handling a situation that I was recently involved in.

    A few days ago, while shopping in Walgreens, I foolishly left my wallet momentarily on the cash register counter. When I looked back, it was mysteriously gone! The store clerk called the manager, who quickly reviewed the video recording and informally described the person who had picked up the wallet and had walked out of the store while I was fussing with my bags.

  • Lapse in judgment

    We’re sure San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez ran the June primary elections in an above-board fashion. But because of a lapse in judgment on his part, some may now question whether that’s the case.

    According to campaign finance reports, Jerome Block Jr., a Democratic candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, gave Maez $300 for a “campaign coordination,” with the county clerk’s office listed as Maez’s address. And the country band, Wyld Country, to which Maez belongs, got $2,500 for a gig at a Block rally.

  • A good pick

    The San Miguel County Commission voted recently to apply for federal funds to complete the drainage and road improvements in Tecolote.

    The first phase of the project focused on drainage — more so than expected. If the county hadn’t done so, any road improvements would have been futile, being washed away within a year or two.

  • It wasn't a gaffe

    It seems as if the only time the word “gaffe” ever comes up in the media is during presidential elections every four years. With cameras ever-present, it’s natural for them to make a few public mistakes now and then.

    The media have made a big to-do about the verbal stumbles of both Barack Obama and John McCain — at the expense of coverage about their philosophies and positions on the issues. It’s a sad reality that sensation trumps substance just about any day of the week, especially on the presidential campaign trail.

  • Pets also at risk when roaming

    Persons who allow their dogs to roam are not only putting their “pet” at risk but also those livestock who are vulnerable to attack from dogs unfamiliar with those animals we raise for food, hopefully profit, and pleasure. I have suffered innumerable losses over the years from neighbors dogs, strays and packs of dogs from town. My neighbors didn’t even have the courtesy to apologize much less offer to pay for my losses.

  • Killer dogs a serious threat

    Regarding alleged animal cruelty in chicken killing case (Aug. 13): Dog owners endanger their pets by loosing them near vulnerable livestock. Tempting the dogs to kill is cruel to both the dogs and their victims.

    Given sufficient size and opportunity, the sweetest pet may become a killer. The instinct to kill varies among and within breeds.

    When predators begin killing livestock, the options are limited. Shooting is safer and surer than poisoning or trapping.