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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias

    The West Las Vegas Athletic Department would like to thank the following sponsors for their donations toward homecoming and the Vegas Bowl:

    Bank of Las Vegas, Community First Bank, Charlie’s Diesel, Alta Vista Regional Hospital, and Sun Loan Company.

    Thank you for your support for West Las Vegas Home of the Dons and Lady Dons.

    Jose Medina

    Las Vegas

  • LETTER: Thanks to all who helped

    My name is Amalia Gallegos and I am licensed state and national massage and bodywork therapist in the state of New Mexico. I am writing this letter to thank the following people for helping me build my practice here in San Miguel County and the surrounding area.

    First, Jody and Peter Stege for allowing me to build my business, Melissa Gold at the Small Business Development Center, Sharon Vander Meer at the Economic Development Corporation, Diane Ortiz at the Chamber of Commerce, and Joseph Baca at KFUN for all their help and support in the community.

  • EDITORIAL: Making it fair

    The San Miguel County Commission last week passed an ordinance allowing the county to file liens on properties in which owners don’t pay their solid waste bills.

    This decision comes a few months after the county put a bunch of accounts on inactive status after it became apparent that they were uncollectible.

    The commissioners said they felt it was unfair that some people always pay their bills, while others don’t and essentially get away with it.

    This new ordinance will eliminate this inherent inequity.

  • LETTER: Congratulations to HU's leaders

    Congratulations to Highlands University for not only being financially sound but for once again being a stable force in Northern New Mexico. It has been nearly two years since James Fries took the reins to my alma mater and I want to thank him and the regents for having the vision to move forward. I remember not too long ago when Highlands was an at-risk university.

  • EDITORIAL: Lawmakers are lobbyists

    A few weeks ago, state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, suggested the Las Vegas City Council hire a lobbyist to help the community get money for needed projects.

    In making the recommendation, Vigil had good intentions for Las Vegas. But we disagree with his advice. Hiring a lobbyist would be a poor use of city money.

  • COLUMN: Strength in numbers

    Yes, it’s a cliche, but there is strength in numbers. Those with more power know this rule better than anybody else.

    Last week, a city advisory task force told the City Council that film companies negotiate individually with local merchants who are affected by their productions.

    That leads to some businesses getting better compensation than others. Those with weaker negotiating skills jump at the first offer.

  • COLUMN: Police Misconduct

     What remedies do people have if they are mistreated by law enforcement officers? Last week an interim legislative committee considered the question and heard evidence that there isn’t much that can be done under present law.

    Testimony indicated that complaints to local officials seldom result in any action. Albuquerque has some police oversight mechanisms but no one present recommended them as being models others should use.

  • EDITORIAL: Obama must let sunshine in

    Despite problems and crises at every turn, right now President-elect Barack Obama has the goodwill of the majority on his side. He will enter the Oval Office in a strong position to affect significant change, in part because of the honeymoon he’s on with the public as well as the media.

    But as soon as he takes office, he could strengthen his position even more — by opening up some federal doors that the Bush administration has tightly shut.