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Opinion

  • We would like to thank Mike Melton and the Bank of Las Vegas and Keith Tucker and Community First Bank for their continued support and contributions to the staff and students of West Las Vegas Middle School.

  • On a recent talk show, a caller said the radio guest had “hit the nail on the head.” Wow, what perception!

    I don’t mean to appear haughty, but I find it hard — always have — to commend such a caller for profundity. “Hit the nail on the head” is a metaphor meaning that what the guest said was absolutely correct. Up to that time, I’d never met-a-phor I didn’t like.

    How is it possible to comment further without carting out the vitriol and sarcasm? I’ll try.

  • For months, the San Miguel County Commission has been considering whether the Sheriff’s Department should use Tasers.

    Last week, the commission held a public hearing on the electroshock weapon. Sheriff Benjie Vigil invited several other sheriffs; speaking for them was the director of the New Mexico Sheriffs and Chiefs Association, Jim Burleson.

    Burleson’s message was simple: The sheriff should decide whether to use Tasers, not the County Commission.

  • I would like to offer some of my reasons for opposing consolidation of the East and West school administrations. First of all, I finished my elementary education in West Las Vegas in 1947. At that time, few of the kids from West Las Vegas would attend Highlands High School. Some of the West kids whose families could afford it attended Highlands High School or the I.C. Catholic School. ...

  • A few weeks ago, a political observer told me that he was hearing reports that Mayor Tony Marquez wouldn’t run for a second term.

    I didn’t really believe that at the time. Marquez is a relatively young, ambitious guy. Why would he voluntarily relinquish his throne?

    Of course, the mayor won’t show his cards about his plans for next year. He won’t even return my calls or e-mails.

    Marquez works in Santa Fe, so people around here don’t see him much. He’s removed from the town he leads.

  • I am a West Las Vegas High School graduate class of ‘81. I currently find myself serving my 27th year in the U.S. Navy in Kuwait. I am asking for your help in contacting my classmates for our upcoming class reunion in 2011. We are trying to get everyone on Facebook so that we can get the ball rolling. I live in Denver, Colo., but won’t be back until May 2010. If plans don’t change. My e-mail is cleofas1893-@hotmail.com.

    Thank you for your help.

     Larry C. Herrera

    (aka Pacheco)

    Tecolote

  • When it comes to fairness and consistency, the city missed the mark in its recent handling of how to allocate lodgers tax proceeds.

    In July, the council approved a request to give $15,000 to Albuquerque company Fresquez Productions to promote a boxing fight featuring Holly Holm in Las Vegas. The firm’s owner, Lenny Fresquez, didn’t have to show up to answer any questions.

  • thumb UP for ... GOING ONLINE. Luna Community College students can now register online, and officials say that this may already be helping to increase enrollment. It’s really a no-brainer to have this service; greater efficiency in the admissions process will make education more accessible to all.

    Besides, most students are younger, and they live and breathe the Internet. As such, a school without online services seems archaic to the younger generation.

  • If Robertson High School’s 2009 Homecoming is any indication of what the school year is going to be like, we are in for a great year!

  • How long do you think it will take for the Rail Runner to serve Northern New Mexico? This is the question I asked Gov. Bill Richardson, after I visited the Rail Runner when it came to Raton and Las Vegas in July.

    In my opinion, one of the governor’s greatest accomplishments has been the Rail Runner. My understanding is that the original plan was to have the train go all the way to Raton. When the train visited in Las Vegas, I learned that New Mexico has purchased the rail line from BNSF.

  • There are a number of reasons why the Las Vegas mayor and City Council should hire an in-house city attorney — not the least of which is that the city’s interests are not being served by the interim city attorney.

    However, Mayor Tony Marquez is well served by the current situation, and that’s why he rejected without a public explanation a request by councilors Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore to place the matter on the council’s agenda for today’s meeting.

  • One can almost see and hear them now: Louella, Patsy, Angela, Louise, Dolores and Julie leading a cheer. These cheerleaders for Immaculate Conception School went through the motions as they shouted:

    “Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for the Colts, stand up and holler.” They chanted that way back in the ‘50s.

  • When Saturday detention is discussed, the movie, “Breakfast Club,” comes to mind. The characters in that movie got into some mischief when the teacher left, but they found they had much in common, even though they hailed from different cliques at the school.

    We hope that teachers will have more control at the planned Saturday school at West Las Vegas Middle School. The school board recently approved this idea; we credit West for moving forward with this.

  • My experience of Medicare corresponds to that of Glenn Yocum (Sept. 11 letter) and Jim Peters (Sept. 21 letter). Medicare is a government-run health care insurance program that works well for a substantial portion of the population. Why not extend it to everyone? That is the intention of Congressman John Conyers’ bill (HR 676), which is supported by Congressman Ben Ray Luján, for which we are grateful.

  • About this issue, we don’t want to mince any words: Sierra Vista Elementary School should not be demolished. That would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

  • The Cleveland Millfest this past Labor Day weekend was highly successful and possibly the best attended ever. We would like to thank the many people in the community who helped make this possible, including the Mora County Sheriff’s department, the participants, and not least, the folks who sponsored this event.

  • During every regular meeting, the Las Vegas City Council allows residents to speak up about public issues. Each person gets up to five minutes.

    Some speakers are regulars, including North Gonzales Street resident Lalo Sanchez. In the spring of 2008, he started coming before the council regularly to air his frustrations with how sewer rates are calculated. He also has spoken frequently about the need for speed bumps on Gonzales and loud stereos in cars. And he has criticized the Police Department for its lack of enforcement of the laws.

  • I attended a neighborhood meeting recently. At that meeting, those in attendance expressed thoughts, ideas and concerns. City Manager Tim Dodge spoke to us about his appreciation for how passionate we are and how much we love our city. He spoke of a master plan for the city, which, in a nutshell, consists of listening to needs and providing the community with sufficient services.

  • The proposed health care “charge” of up to $3,800 to be imposed on individuals who refuse to obtain health insurance is indeed a tax. It is clearly (and correctly) labeled an “Excise Tax” in the Senate’s version of the healthcare plan under consideration.  Further, dictionaries and basic economic textbooks all define a tax as a compulsory contribution or charge imposed or levied by authority upon persons or property for public purposes or good.

  • thumb UP for ... A DELAYED BUT GOOD REACTION. The charges against San Miguel County sheriff’s Deputy Inez Bolivar are serious. She is accused of breaking into a house and beating up a man while wearing her uniform and carrying her gun.

    At first Sheriff Benjie Vigil put her on paid administrative leave, then allowed her to keep her squad car at her house. But a few days passed and stronger disciplinary action was taken —Bolivar was dismissed from the force. In our judgment, that was a wise move.