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Opinion

  • Response to Friday’s letter to Eddie Roy Duran of Pecos: The Pecos Independent School District bond election on ... in help our district do necessary repairs, remodels, and purchase equipment as allowed by state law. This important bond will help our bonding capacity when we ask for state monies. Passing the bond will answer legislative questions regarding “How is your community supporting the schools?”

  • Solar, wind provide LV with opportunity

    My brother recently submitted a letter to your paper lamenting the decline of civility and pride in Las Vegas. Anyone who lived there during the ‘40s and ‘50s and sees it now would be hard put to dispute his observations.

  • On Tuesday, voters in San Miguel and Mora counties will go to the polls to elect school board members. We urge people to do their duty.

    In recent years, school boards in New Mexico have lost some of their powers. They don’t have hiring authority other than picking a superintendent. That’s a good thing; we don’t want elected bodies getting into the day-to-day process of hiring new employees.

    At the same time, boards still have much authority over the purse strings. And this is a vitally important responsibility.

  • To the Pecos community:

    As most of you may be aware, the Pecos Independent School District is having a bond election Feb. 3, which, if passed, will increase our property taxes. I would like to stress my opinions why we, as a community, cannot support this bond.

  • UP thumb ... GOOD TURNOUTS. More than 100 people turned out for this week’s school board election forums, sponsored by the Committee for the People and this newspaper. All candidates attended (except one, who has all but bowed out) and all but two of the city’s school board members turned out as well (only Ralph Garcia from West, who isn’t seeking re-election, and Ramon “Swoops” Montaño from East, who is not up for election, were no-shows).

  • At first I resented the corporate executives for pushing the issue as they did. The Optic could best pull out of its slump, I argued, if we merged our newspaper and our website into a dynamic new product. But for reasons I still don’t understand, I was told it wasn’t that simple, that our new Web platform, with all its blemishes, had to stay.

    Meanwhile, the numbers were becoming increasingly clear: We would have to downsize or face a tenuous future.

  • Hindsight is 20-20, as politicians who insist they want to move forward like to say.

    But sometimes it’s important to take a look back to see if some things could have been done better.

    Let’s hope Mayor Tony Marquez and the City Council do just that.

    In June, a City Council majority fired six of 10 department directors then immediately proceeded to hire a new city manager. In other words, the manager, Sharon Caballero, started with less than half of the city’s management team in place.

    Talk about a recipe for problems.

  • Congress and the Administration are touting alternative energy sources to replace power production derived from foreign oil. They want to generate 10 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. energy needs from alternative sources.

    Most of the alternative energy would have to be generated from wind power systems.  If we assume 10 percent of the U.S. energy requirements consists of 100,000 megawatts, and each wind turbine produces approximately 2 to 3 megawatts, it will take about 40,000 wind turbines to produce the 100,000 megawatts.

  • No company should get any special treatment when it comes to city business, especially when it involves a major housing project.

    Last week, the Las Vegas City Council’s agenda stated that the council would be asked to approve an agreement with Santa Fe-based Western Trails Inc. The proposed agreement would have meant the company would build 60 units of rental housing as part of a federal tax credit program. The units would be built on land along Mills Avenue, where the city demolished housing a couple of years ago.

  • The city of Las Vegas recently received some bad news — it lost a $1.2 million state grant for a water project.

    The state Water Trust Board approved the money for the city in 2006, but reversed itself a couple of weeks ago. We can’t blame the board. After all, the city originally wanted to use the money to pipe water for the Storrie Project Water Users Association in exchange for more storage water rights at Storrie Lake.

  • It’s amazing how far Highlands University has come along in the last couple of years. If you question whether that’s the case, look no farther than Highlands’ effort to take over the struggling College of Santa Fe.

    Last week, Highlands and the Santa Fe school signed a letter of intent giving the university a 120-day window to buy the college. Highlands needs the approval of several agencies, but it looks as if  the purchase will happen.

  • Regarding your thumbs up last week: I agree — Less [sic] Montoya should be a great help.

    Perhaps, now we can find the money missing from the city’s safes. An outside source usually works better, as Les owes no allegiance to anyone at the city.

    I look forward to Les’ investigation into restoring citizens’ monies back into city coffers.

    Everyone in town should support Les’ efforts to find the culprits who took our hard-earned city revenues, and probably used those revenues for their own business interests.

    Emilio Aragon

  • Regarding the Jan. 15 report, another killed by train, how long will it take until some authority gets [guts] to take the initiative, no matter what department is responsible, to eliminate this tragedy from ever occurring again? Step up to the plate.    

    There is no more time to waste trying to identify funding. Make it happen now.

    We buried another victim this week — let this be the last.

    Many friends and family members will be in immediate ability to help those authorities with any help and support they need, just call.

  • In response to the Dec. 24 editorial column “Christmas In Jail” and in regard to the procedural pariah of “speedy trail,” I am appalled at the amazement.

  • UP thumb ... PRESIDENT OBAMA. Not since Franklin Roosevelt replaced Herbert Hoover has this nation seen such a dramatic change in presidential leadership. The differences between George W. Bush and Barack Obama are tremendous — and the change comes not a moment too soon.

    From his executive order to close Guantanamo Bay to his economic stimulus package, Obama is an immediate breathe of fresh air. The nation is in for a tough year, and we’re glad he’s at the helm.

  • I have read an editorial and another individual discuss problems with changes to Grand Avenue, Seventh Street traffic control, New Mexico Street traffic and the Interstate 25 corridor comments. I thought I was one of the few that have noticed what exists along I-25. If I was a tourist and traveling along that corridor, I may not have any interest in stopping in Las Vegas unless I needed gas. The Chamber of Commerce and the City Council should be shown a video of what you see on both sides of I-25 and that should be incorporated into a comprehensive plan about traffic control and tourism.

  • SANTA FE — New Mexicans got a big taste of high politics yesterday as President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address followed by Gov. Bill Richardson’s State of the State address.

    Obama’s speech was a bit more upbeat, which inaugural addresses need to be. Richardson had to be more cautious. After six years of burgeoning revenues, this was his first experience with a sharply declining state income.

  • The headline for the sports pages of Feb. 2 has already been written: Cardinals Defeat Steelers; Arizona Breaks 61-Year Drought.

    Well, the headline is written, at least for a slew of area folks who predict an Arizona victory. Why? The key reasons are “They deserve it” and “They’re closer.”

    Super Bowl XLIII is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla.

  • Thank you for sharing the partnership information about the West Las Vegas High School Website Design Class, NMDOH, Mora and Guadalupe County Health Councils with Mr. Don Pace.

    The article Mr. Pace wrote gave the community a clear picture of the students’ ability and willingness to provide services to the two health councils by creating their websites. Your efforts in expressing the interest in this partnership were greatly appreciated.

  • Today, reality sets in. Washington D.C. in no longer a celebratory center, it’s back to being the nation’s political hub — beginning with executive orders that will undoubtedly stir the fires of discontent among the new president’s loyal opposition.