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Opinion

  • In Mayor Tony Marquez’s recent  press release announcing that he would not run for re-election, he took credit for “liberating” our city government from “old time politics and the patron system.” Mayor Marquez also stated that he chose to “side with the people.” What “people” was Mayor Marquez referring to? I was not one of them.

  • The lack of stability has hurt City Hall over the last dozen years. As such, the Las Vegas City Council has rightly placed continuity as one of its chief goals.

    Too often, petty politics has caused turnover in the city manager’s position. New mayors have come in, with the proverbial swagger intent on installing their loyalists. And that means employees have had to undergo new processes, new rules, new management styles at regular intervals.

  • Thumbs UP for ... A VISIT FROM A HERO. It’s not every day that Las Vegas gets an up-close look at one of the major participants in American history. On Sunday, Minnijean Brown-Trickey spoke at the United World College about her experiences as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the black students who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957 under the protection of federal troops.

  • I recently had the opportunity to revisit Las Vegas and my wife and I got to spend 10 really nice days visiting friends who live in town. I again found many of the residents that I encountered to be friendly and welcoming.

    Since we drove out to New Mexico from Florida, I was able to take my beagle Izzy with us on the trip. I had many walks with her through town and was able to see many side streets not normally seen by tourists. What I saw in many instances disturbed me.

  • This is for our kids in Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and for all who had any connection with Benito Lemos.

    I know that Benito Lemos’ death affected a lot of you, for whatever reason. Thank you for your support. I was impressed with the fact that there was so many people in his services.

    No church could contain the people, so they had to have it in the Robertson gym and even there it was standing room only.

  • Local government entities say they hire people based on qualifications, not connections. I hope that’s true.

    Both the Las Vegas City Council and the San Miguel County Commission vote on all people hired in their respective entities. Since I started covering both more than five years ago, they have approved every person recommended for hire but one.

    Three years ago, then-Commission Chairman Hugh Ley voted against the employment of the son of then-Commissioner, Kenneth Medina. Ley said he did so because he didn’t want to hire the relatives of commissioners.

  • On behalf of the Atencio and Augie Fudala families, we would like to say thank you so much to those of you who voted for our barn in the Campbell’s Soup and FFA barn renovation project. We are both humbled and grateful for your participation, and thanks to all the votes we received, our barn in Bark River, Mich., was one of five winning barns of a national contest that will be getting a facelift sometime in June.

  • It’s clear the corporation that runs Alta Vista Regional Hospital has an extensive anti-union playbook. It seems to have an answer for handling just about every union tactic.

    But they never figured on the San Miguel County Commission getting in the way.

    For years, San Miguel County — and other counties as well — routinely approve monthly payments for indigent services to hospitals. That money is to help hospitals pay for health care for those too poor to pay.

  • As huge scoops of rock, mortar, wood and glass were loaded into waiting dump trucks yesterday, I waved goodbye.

    It’s gone. Mortimer Hall, my home away from home for about 25 years — its parts being hauled off to a landfill somewhere — has been razed, with surprising speed, to make room for the new student center.

  • Bill Richardson has had a good run as governor, but it’s not over yet. His place in our state’s history — as a mover and shaker who led us into some lasting improvements or as an overly ambitious leader who broke the bank — will be determined in large measure by the upcoming legislative session.

  • There are times when our better nature show through. During times of crisis, when neighbors are helping neighbors — that’s one of those times. Then there are the times when we help people we don’t even know because, well, we know it’s the right thing to do.

  • If the city of Las Vegas wishes to promote a recycling program, the receiving site does little to encourage people.

    There have been few times in the last several years when bins have not been overflowing and cans, newspapers and plastic containers scattered around. I have made numerous trips to the office of the city manager to register my concern.

  • Now that President Obama has ended his first year in office, it is time to evaluate. As human rights activists, we were hopeful that the president would bring change to U.S. foreign policy regarding the “war on terror,” Guantanamo Bay and torture, but his actions have fallen way short.

  • Last week, state Rep. Eleanor Chavez, D-Albuquerque, wrote on Facebook that she held a town hall with her constituents. She said they told her they opposed a food tax and education cuts, wanted to close corporate loopholes and pushed reform of the tax structure.

    She said she walked away impressed.

    Wait a minute. State lawmakers hold town halls?

    Apparently, some do. Our lawmakers held one at Luna Community College in the summer, but they haven’t held one in the months leading up to the annual legislative session, which starts this week.

  • The West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School would like to express our appreciation to the following businesses and people for their donations and support in helping to make our winter concert and winter festivities a success:  Walgreens, Community First Bank, Elks Lodge, Walmart, Christine Ludi, Rep. and Mrs. Richard Vigil and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Vigil Jr.

    Becky Gallegos

    Principal

    Valley Elementary and Middle School

  • Thumbs DOWN to ... A BAD THUMB. Last week we paid tribute to the Robertson High School boys’ basketball team championship at the Stu Clark Tournament, intending to give the Cardinals a thumbs up for their accomplishment. But we went the wrong direction and accidentally used a down thumb instead, thereby leading some of our readers to a bad impression.

  • In reporting the story on John Roybal, the words allegation and allegedly were used loosely. The word “fact,” I believe, did not appear. Here are some points to consider.

  • At this time we would like to thank the jury for their time and verdict, the Fourth District Attorney Richard Flores, Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney Tom Clayton, State Prosecutor Amber Hirsch, other members for the district attorney’s office who followed up during the hearings leading up the the trail and the Las Vegas Police Department detectives and offices who took part in the investigation of this crime.

    The prosecution team did an awesome job in presenting the case for the family and friends of the victim Timoteo M. Jaramillo.

  • 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.