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Opinion

  • The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce recently proposed that New Mexico reimpose the tax on food. If the GACC wants to raise taxes, a wiser strategy would be a targeted tax on junk food, rather than making necessities like fruits, vegetables and baby food more expensive for New Mexico families.

  • It’s always been fun to play with the language. Rather than being a drudge, English can be fascinating. It is to me.

    Let me explain: Several years ago, I served on a committee charged with the hiring of the editor for La Mecha, Highlands’ weekly newspaper. One of the applicants was Eva, an Austrian-born woman who spoke English, Spanish, German and French. She’d been my student in several journalism courses, and naturally, I recommended her. I told the group that Eva was a polyglot.

  • Our son Joseph P. Baca Jr. has decided to enter the race for City Council in Ward 4. He did so after several people encouraged him to seek the position. Both my wife and I were very surprised when he informed us that he was seriously considering entering the race.

  • It shouldn’t take a newspaper to get action on an allegation of drunken driving. But that’s what happened over the last couple of weeks.

    Three weeks ago, the Optic started asking around about a crash involving a West Las Vegas vehicle, which occurred in early August in Moriarty. We then got the Torrance County Sheriff’s Department’s full report.

  • During a recent phone conversation with my brother this holiday season, he offered a pretty rough evaluation of my chosen profession.

    He layered on his indictment with a pinch of brotherly carria, and a fist full of spite, “Eeee Sergio, I hate to tell you this bro… but the media is all messed up.”

  • The mayor and Las Vegas City Council members always like to say they don’t micromanage. They insist they let the city manager do his job.

    That’s great — if it’s true. The council should set policy, while the manager should run the day-to-day operations of city government.

    One of the low points of Mayor Tony Marquez’s term was when his handpicked city manager, Sharon Caballero, abruptly resigned, accusing the mayor of micromanagement.

  • The mayor and Las Vegas City Council members always like to say they don’t micromanage. They insist they let the city manager do his job.

    That’s great — if it’s true. The council should set policy, while the manager should run the day-to-day operations of city government.

    One of the low points of Mayor Tony Marquez’s term was when his handpicked city manager, Sharon Caballero, abruptly resigned, accusing the mayor of micromanagement.

  • Thumbs UP for ... HAPPY NEW YEAR BABY. A big two-thousand-ten congratulations to Nina Romero and Mateo Cardenas, proud parents of Jordan Elijah Cardenas. Jordan gets the distinction of being the first baby born into this new year in Las Vegas. We wish them all well.

  • We are writing in reference to your article on Dec. 28 regarding the proposed New Mexico Highlands University Student Center. We are permit-holding cultural resource professionals with decades of experience, residents of Las Vegas and alumni of NMHU. We join Mr. Joe McCaffrey's objection to the plan, and add further objections of our own.

  • We must admit some surprise that no one stepped up to run for mayor against Alfonso Ortiz, but there’s still the possibility of a write-in candidate. We’ll know this week whether the San Miguel County treasurer walks in to the mayor’s office unopposed; the deadline to file as a write-in candidate is Tuesday.

    And the same goes for Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo, who is also unopposed in his re-election bid for municipal judge.

  • We are writing in reference to your article on Dec. 28 regarding the proposed New Mexico Highlands University Student Center. We are permit-holding cultural resource professionals with decades of experience, residents of Las Vegas and alumni of NMHU. We join Mr. Joe McCaffrey's objection to the plan, and add further objections of our own.

  • On Christmas Eve, I was involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident near San Geronimo. I was trapped in my SUV, hanging upside down by the seatbelt. Hot coffee had spilled all over me and was rapidly freezing. I did not have a coat on and the sun had dropped below the Sangre de Cristos with darkness fast approaching.

  • We must admit some surprise that no one stepped up to run for mayor against Alfonso Ortiz, but there’s still the possibility of a write-in candidate. We’ll know this week whether the San Miguel County treasurer walks in to the mayor’s office unopposed; the deadline to file as a write-in candidate is Tuesday.

    And the same goes for Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo, who is also unopposed in his re-election bid for municipal judge.

  • It has not yet been a year since we lost our sister, Dana Konno.  The community has been amazing in its support and many positive remembrances of her, for which we are so grateful.

    On New Year’s Day, Dana’s home was burglarized. Along with valuables, such as jewelry and a computer, all her mementos were stolen. In addition, her identity papers and other important paperwork, credit cards etc. were taken.

  • If my memory serves me, the motion to create the city charter commission was initiated by Dr. Andrew Feldman.  

    This was the night that the interim city manager Ken Garcia recommended the firing of the Utility Director George DuFour. A motion was made and approved to form a charter commission to update the existing 40-year-old charter.

  • Wendy Armijo, who heads San Miguel County’s anti-DWI program, recently told the Optic that other states have zero tolerance toward drunken driving, but New Mexico does not. Sadly, she appears to be right.

    Case in point: The alleged drunken-driving crash involving a West Las Vegas school district employee behind the wheel of a district-owned vehicle.

  • The first installment of Work of Art, on May 1, 2003, declared that talk certainly is not cheap. In that column I mentioned paying more than $52, to listen to a woman, who spoke flawless Spanish, tell me my close relative had been detenida at a hotel in Tijuana.

  • If you have credit cards, like most of us, you’ve probably been getting mail from your card-issuing bank lately. A letter per card is what I’ve been getting during the course of a few weeks, advising me of changes they are going to make to the terms and conditions that govern the use of my card. “Adjustments,” they call it.

  • Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez announced last week that he wouldn’t run for another two-year term. That took us by surprise, given that he is an ambitious, relatively young man.

    Promising to bring transparency and accountability to City Hall, Marquez came in with the support of many in the community. Indeed, this newspaper endorsed his candidacy. Perhaps the mayor really intended to keep his promises. But it didn’t work out that way.

  • During a weekend trip to Albuquerque, I noticed a billboard that read, “Doug Turner for Governor.”

    You may be wondering, Who is Doug Turner?

    Well, he is one of the several unknowns running as Republicans for governor. Your first reaction may be that he and the others may have no chance against the well-funded establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, a Democrat.