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Today's Opinions

  • Rooting for Campos

    It’s an unfortunate reality in Las Vegas politics that some people work hard to bring down their enemies — even at the expense of the larger community. We see and hear it mostly behind the scenes: People rooting for the failure of their adversary after they’ve been elected or selected to lead an institution that’s important to the city’s well being.

  • Fiestas!

    There’s no bigger event for Las Vegas than its July fiestas. And as far as we know, no public event has lasted quite so long.

    Fiestas de Las Vegas, which begins tonight with the reinas pageant, is now 120 years old. Back when it started, in 1888, Las Vegas was a bustling frontier town of sizable proportions, for those days, and New Mexico was still 24 years away from statehood.

  • Democrats sell out in Congress

    June 20 was a sad day for Democrats and liberals around the country — proof that Democratic control of the House and Senate means absolutely nothing. This was the day that the House approved passage of the amended FISA bill — the bill that virtually assures immunity to law-breaking telecommunications companies and grants the government new powers to spy upon its citizens.

  • Not winning election has its own merits

    The primary election is over and the people have spoken. I know that when you spend time and money on campaigning and then lose the election, it’s very discouraging. But in an election there really are no losers, because when you throw your hat in the ring you are really telling your community that you feel you can make a difference.

  • A lightning rod for change

    In March, Las Vegas voters decided on a change in leadership at City Hall. It was a big change, from a majority that controlled City Hall to the minority opinion that things could be run better. But it pales in comparison to the sweeping changes that came Friday night, when Mayor Tony Marquez declared that there’s a new sheriff in town.

  • Here we go again

    There’s quite a bit of concern among residents in Mora and San Miguel counties about a potential increase in property taxes for grazing land. In a time when we hear more and more about the common sense of healthy, locally grown food products (for example, beef), our state government seems to be pushing small livestock operators to the edge of extinction.

  • A friendly appeal

    This letter is in reference to our neighborhood in the Blue Ridge sub-division. It concerns the litter problem that we are facing, and I am afraid that it will get worse before it gets better if we don’t take charge of it and soon.

    We all know that dumps create gases, rats and mice that are and can be deadly, and can produce a wave of illnesses. I am most concerned about the children who will inherit all of it in the years to come.

  • Thumbs - Our high-country lowdown on the news

    REASONABLE DISSENSION. Thumbs up. We agree with the majority regarding the Las Vegas City Council’s decision to impose Stage 1 water restrictions but we respect councilor Morris Madrid’s opposition to it at Wednesday’s meeting. Madrid called the decision “a little premature” and argued that the water conservation ordinance doesn’t require council action, since the city manager can take action on it independent of council direction.