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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • A four-day work week?

    SANTA FE — Expect to see some minor impacts on your life as New Mexico state government implements energy-saving measures. The biggest change will come when some agencies adopt a four-day work week.

    Earlier this summer, Gov. Bill Richardson directed the state personnel office to help alleviate the strain of high gas prices on state employees and taxpayers. How can the state personnel office lower your gas prices? We’ll get to that.

  • A good approach

    The Las Vegas City Council deserves credit for hiring a third-party collection agency to help collect on past-due utility accounts. The firm will target 976 accounts, amounting to $256,000.

    This decision was at the prompting of Utilities Director George DuFour, who has been creative in his approach to his job since being hired late last year.

    If this collection effort works, as officials have pointed out, then the next goal should be to focus on unpaid fines in Municipal Court.

  • Let's hope board is right

    An elected body should think long and hard before it rejects the advice of its hired professionals. Ignoring that advice is exactly what the Mora school board did recently.

    Mora Superintendent Dora Romero said she had proposed that the district hire a third-party engineer for a planned multipurpose sports complex “in order to gain perspective as to what actually needs to be done in our situation.”