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Today's Opinions

  • Trouble with truthfullness

    In June, Jerome Block Jr. won with 23 percent of the vote in the six-way Democratic primary race for northern New Mexico’s seat on the Public Regulation Commission, which oversees a host of industries, including utilities and insurance.

    He has no Republican opponent, but the Green Party is running Rick Lass. If history is any guide, the odds are that Block will be our next PRC commissioner in this heavily Democratic district.

  • Reporter takes hit, but still tell it as-is

    Recently, a reporter for this newspaper was threatened with destruction of his character, reputation and even livelihood. It’s not worth repeating what happened other than to note that the perpetrator was caught and punished, though in my book not commensurate with the potential impact to the reporter.

    It can’t be easy telling it like it is for a small-town newspaper, as some people are bound to get their noses out of joint. A cold shoulder and much more likely happen on occasion, and are directed at the individual and probably sometimes the family too.

  • Transparent budgeting

    Did you notice the additional coverage the Optic gave the city budget process this year? More than once it led the day’s news, even with less-than-flattering headlines expressing “rejection” and “concern.” But in the end the job was got done, and the budget was passed — looking about as good as one might hope for in a fiscally tight year.

  • Local issue, big implications

    SANTA FE — A curious situation down in Lincoln County apparently has elected officials throughout the state on edge.

    It all started when former Capitan mayor and deputy sheriff Steve Sederwall decided to run for sheriff as an independent. He checked with both the county clerk’s office and the secretary of state’s office to be sure he was doing everything an independent candidate needed to do to get on the ballot.

  • Starstruck no more

    When I grew up (long, long ago), Hollywood was glamorous and exciting, at least to a child. Needless to say, I have always been “Star Struck.”

    As I grew older my views regarding the film industry evolved and matured. However, I have still been fascinated with the mega movie, special effects and the red carpet at the Academy Awards.

    When the movies came to Las Vegas my support was strong. “Red Dawn” in 1984 remains one of my favorite movies. I heard the guns and helicopters at 2 a.m., but it really didn’t bother me.

  • Change and stability

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has changed most of the cast of characters at City Hall since taking office nearly four months ago. He immediately hired a new interim city manager and disbanded all city committees. Last month, he brought in a new permanent city manager and dismissed six of the city’s 10 department directors. Citizens voted him in on a change platform, and change they have received.

  • Local issue, big implications

    SANTA FE — A curious situation down in Lincoln County apparently has elected officials throughout the state on edge.

    It all started when former Capitan mayor and deputy sheriff Steve Sederwall decided to run for sheriff as an independent. He checked with both the county clerk’s office and the secretary of state’s office to be sure he was doing everything an independent candidate needed to do to get on the ballot.

  • This year's Fiestas

    As president of the Fiesta Council, I met recently with the council members for a debriefing. Everyone present had received nothing but great comments from the people who attended the Fiestas.

    Overall, it was a great success. The Council will strive for a better Fiesta next year. People just love to go to the park and hang out all day listening to the music and supporting their favorite bands. The food vendors were very pleased with the outcome and their sales. The one comment they kept repeating in each booth was that they loved the organization in the set up procedure.