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Opinion

  • The school year is almost at an end, giving us in the community the opportunity to reflect on the state of education here in Las Vegas. The crucial need to help our children improve their level of academic understanding, as the key to our future, has been thoroughly noted in letters to the editor and articles in the newspapers. What can we do to make sure the children and young people of Las Vegas find success in our schools?

  • ve never driven through the oil patch of southeastern New Mexico, I recommend you do so. It’s not what your average tourist would call a scenic drive, but it will leave you impressed nevertheless.

    In Lea and Eddy counties in particular, you can see miles and miles of pumpjacks decorating the scrublands. Roll down the windows in your vehicle and you can smell the oil being pulled out of the ground.

  • One of the many bills to fall by the wayside in the just-past legislative session was House Bill 307, which would have reformed the way New Mexico funds its public works projects.

    It was a good-government proposal. It would have served the public interest better than what’s in place now. It would have replaced politics with a smarter approach to spending taxpayer money and taking care of the state’s infrastructure.

  • This fall was a busy one when it came to the issues that Common Cause has tackled for the past decade. The news about former Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s illegal use of campaign funds for personal purposes, coverage of discrepancies in legislators’ campaign finance reports, and bad ratings on corruption scorecards just kept coming…and coming. Ten years ago, a similar news windfall, this one about New Mexico Treasurer Robert Vigil and his use of that office to trade kickbacks for state business, led to a period of reform. It’s time to do it again.

  • You know what they say:

    What goes around comes around.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    And I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if that ain’t true.

    I’ve picked up a lot of old sayings through the years, and the older I get the more I recite them. At least I quote the ones I’ve come to believe in.

  • Compiled by The Associated Press

    Portsmouth Herald (N.H.), on bullying (Sept. 16):

    Bullying among our youth has become a hot button topic the last few years as well-publicized incidents, especially of cyberbullying, resulting in trauma and even suicides by victims have made headlines.

    A new study by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire provides interesting insight into this nasty phenomenon — and lots of hope.

  • Broken promises. They happen. They are unfortunate. They are a reality. They change lives. For some, they are too much of a way of life.
    Broken promises. There are industries that exist or even thrive because of these. Many professionals make a living off of broken promises. They are occupations that deal with people’s broken state of mind: psychologists, counselors, pastors, lawyers and the list goes on...

  • Last week the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Washington Post and the Kansas City Star all carried stories about New Mexico’s latest public corruption scandal — the charges against its chief ethics officer, Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Broadcasters, too, have been busy on the national front. And Duran’s hearing in court this week and the start of House impeachment proceedings will produce even more stories.