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Opinion

  • When it comes to fighting crime, the sum of law enforcement agencies is often greater than the parts. That’s especially true in rural areas such as Mora County.

    As such, it’s troubling to find out that the Mora County sheriff and the state police aren’t getting along. Indeed, their leaders aren’t even talking.

    In Mora County, all 911 calls go to the state police. That makes sense because the Mora County Sheriff’s Department doesn’t operate around the clock. There are only five deputies, including the sheriff, and no detectives.

  • I am concerned with the Mora Independent Schools administration and school board’s decision to post all the jobs for the coaching positions. A coach’s job is one of the most important positions in a school district. They are teachers, counselors and mentors.

  • Earlier this year, the sexual allegations against Robertson High School Principal Richard Lopez and teacher and golf coach Jay Quintana made big headlines. Both were put on leave, and the matters were referred to the police. A woman alleged that Lopez harassed her a couple of times when she was trying to apply for a job. And Quintana was said to have sexually abused a golf team member for five years, starting when the alleged victim was 14.

    Let’s make one thing abundantly clear: Both of these men are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • We appreciate the way in which Highlands University officials are proceeding with plans to build a new student center — by hosting a well-attended community meeting for public input and promising to seek student input as well. A student center isn’t just another construction project for the school, it’s a big deal for a lot of people, so it’s only right to involve as many people as you can along the way.

  • Sometimes even the experts simply have it wrong. I’m staring at a dozen grammar and style books trying to locate some of the most common errors people commit in writing and speech.

    We concede that because people speak about 10 times faster than they write, the ear tunes out some — but not all — of the errors we hear. Because we have more time to read things, we can be more critical of errors in print.

    Let me explain:

  • Mil Gracias to Pastor Ellen Swain, Choir Director Tilli Boozer and the congregation of the United Methodist Church for allowing the NMHU Madrigals choir to hold our spring concert in your beautiful church. Your generosity, helpfulness, kindness and overall good cheer made the concert a magical experience. We appreciate your willingness to have us and hope we can collaborate again.

    Andre Garcia-Nuthmann

    and the Madrigal Choir

    Las Vegas

  • The Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank Pizza Pro for its donation of food to our fire department during a wildland fire. 

  • If anyone out there thinks that United World College is just some isolated ivory castle in Montezuma, with no connection to the real world we know as Las Vegas, think again. The relationship between this internationally connected college and our town is greater than you might think.

  • thumbs UP for ... TOP OF THE COMPETITION. Track and Field is often an under-appreciated sport, but the talent that stands out is frequently something to behold. And the Meadow City Invitational, held this past week, was no exception.

    For the home crowd, there were some impressive finishes. Among 17 teams competing, all four Las Vegas teams placed in the top three of their respective divisions. Among the girls, Robertson placed first and West third; and among the boys, the Cards came in second and the Dons third.

  • I want to congratulate the Department of Transportation for changing their announcements roadside signs recently.

    The Message “NMDOT Cares Drive Safely” is much more pleasing than the old “... Cops Everywhere ...” message. Thank you, NMDOT, for making driving more pleasing with this positive message; you made my day.

    Brian Rodgers

    Las Tusas

  • It’s time to  check the purity of the water supplied to the Highlands Regents for their meetings and deliberations. I propose this because there seems no alternate explanation for their irrational awarding of a $56,000 presidential pay raise — a 30 percent-plus increase.  

  • On behalf of the staff and students of the Valley Elementary and Middle School, I would like to thank Sen. Pete Campos, Celestino Trujillo, Wal-Mart, and Pam’s Flowers for their donations to our school.

    I would also like to thank the Mariachi Paisano del Valle who came out to your school to perform for our school’s 40th anniversary celebration on April 8.

    Becky Gallegos

    Principal  

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  • Today marks the big 1-0-0 for President Barack Obama, and it’s been an impressive start. Not since Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose administration coined the term “first hundred days” have we seen anyone so aggressively changing things. Part of it is that Obama is following a terrible presidency, so cleaning up the mess as quickly as possible is tantamount. But it’s also because Obama knows he rode a wave of change — the time is right for a new national direction, and Obama recognizes that.

  • Perhaps no mark of punctuation — this one among the smallest in the English language — has caused more grief. It’s misuse appears to be what its best noted for.

    Let me explain:

    The apostrophe (‘), that little cosa that few people are able to master, more than anything else, has caused English teachers to turn in their chalk prematurely and declare, “never again.”

  • I have a comment to make regarding my actions as a professional and a private individual. Recently, I agreed to assume a position at Robertson High School. When I was asked if I would fill a position made vacant by the resignation of a teacher, with little hesitation, I agreed to.

  • It is a shame when you walk in to the office at the City of Las Vegas to ask questions about your bill, or call and leave tons of messages because phones don’t get answered nor do they return calls. I walked in and both ladies from customer service and billing couldn’t help me. ...

    I received two bills that are due by April 16 and 27 because they forgot to bill me. Whose fault is that? So my question is, whom can we go to at the city offices when we have questions with our bill or need help understanding it? Because, customer service and billing can’t!

  • District Judge Abigail Aragon made a mistake when she decided to move the case involving the murder of a 6-year-old to Santa Rosa. This crime happened here; this is where justice should occur.

    David Levi Chavez, 21, has been charged with an open count of murder in this case. He allegedly shot Jasmine Garcia as she was sleeping in her bed late one night last summer.

  • At one time, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees spent most of its time behind closed doors. Such secrecy created much suspicion — and rightfully so.

    These days, the board doesn’t hold closed meetings. I can’t remember the last time it had one.

    That’s probably because of the new president, Pete Campos. I’m glad he convinced the board that nearly all of the college’s public business should be discussed in the open.

  • UP thumb ... MAKE SURE IT’S SOUND. Last week, the Las Vegas City Council delayed a decision on a proposed ordinance that would make it easier for landlords to avoid being held responsible for their tenants’ unpaid utility bills. The council opted to put the matter on hold until the ordinance is determined to be legally sound.

    This issue has been lingering for years. Let’s make sure that the ordinance, which looks good on the surface, will resolve the issue once and for all.

  • With the recently released “torture memos,” we have evidence the U.S. has authorized torture in the past under the Bush administration.  We can’t afford to move on without first holding those responsible accountable.  

    I urge you to send a clear message to Congress and the White House by endorsing, in a newspaper editorial, accountability for those who designed and authorized the U.S. torture policies — policies which have endangered our national security and our national soul, and violated international law.

    Bernard Schaer