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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Our congressional delegation

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s three new Democratic U.S. House members won election by solid margins. But can they all survive?

    The representatives from congressional districts 1 and 2 took over seats that Democrats have not held in over 25 years. The 3rd Congressional District looks plenty safe for Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    His most likely competition would likely come from another Democrat and that isn’t probable as long as his father remains a power in state politics.

  • EDITORIAL: Speedy? Yeah, right

    Last week, Gilberto Reyes, the former professional baseball player, tried to challenge his detention. And he had a good case to make: He’s been sitting in the county jail for nearly a year on a charge of drug distribution — a nonviolent crime, we might add. He hasn’t been able to make bail, so he’s been detained every day since he was charged with the offense in December 2007.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the staff and students at West Las Vegas Middle School, I thank the District Attorney’s office for the interesting and educational presentations on domestic violence they shared with our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders last month. Twice a month, the middle school schedules presentations to help the students become aware and informed of real issues in their lives.

  • LETTER: Wealth is already redistributed

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that over the past several years there has been a redistribution of the wealth. The middle class and the poor are getting poorer. Our governments embracing of the theory of trickle down economic is ultimately responsible for massive unemployment. Unemployment cuts off purchasing power. The result is economic depression.

  • LETTER: Blaming Duran is simply wrong

    The recent attempt by city officials, former housing directors, former mayor Henry Sanchez, hired consultants and the media, to blame Floyd Duran, Housing and Urban Development representative for the federal government for the city housing situation, is a copout. The only thing I have heard out of their mouth is innuendo, “mitote” and a let’s blame someone else except ourselves attitude. Haven’t they read the HUD reports? Where have they been these last three years?

  • Thumbs

    UP thumb ... PROTECT THE CROSSES. We’re happy to see state Attorney General Gary King intervening in a U.S. Court of Appeals case out of Utah seeking to prohibit roadside crosses memorializing fallen state troopers in that state. This case could impact the longstanding tradition of descansos in New Mexico, so we think King’s brief is justified.

  • LETTER: It's value-added manufacturing

    Please put a wind generator “in my back yard.” Even though wind generation has some ill side-effects, the many benefits should outweigh negative aspects for almost any mesa near Las Vegas.

  • Verisimilitude: quite chilling

    One of the classiest motivators, something virtually guaranteed to get people to pick up a book, appeared a few years ago.

    It was a several-paneled cartoon which started simply with a kid’s beginning to read a book. The second panel showed the child expressing greater interest.

    The third section showed some kind of monster on the page, and the young reader growing fangs, facial hair and claws.

    The exaggerations continued, with the message that by the time the child got well into the book, the child herself had changed. She had become what she was reading.