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Opinion

  • “[Cruz] Roybal said it was unfair to attack the group of people who meet at Hillcrest and unfair to the restaurant itself. He said that people traveling through town may avoid Hillcrest after reading the newspaper, thinking that some type of mafia may be eating there. He said the group consists of retirees.”

  • School Board elections are just around the corner and I would encourage the people of Mora County to keep Robert Romero on the board. Being on a school board is serious business. It is by no means a popularity contest.

    I feel his decisions have been led by his convictions, and our convictions are the only thing we can offer. Robert is a veteran, and anyone who has been a in the military knows that being organized and assertive is of importance. His dad and granddad Pat were also veterans, as was I.

  • Consider for a moment the practical ramifications to being illiterate. Not only do you miss out on the pleasures of reading a good book, you can’t follow simple written instructions.

    You can’t read the directions on the pill bottle, so you can safely and effectively take your medicine. You can’t cook by following a written recipe.

    You can’t make sense of a road map, or follow the highways signs to your destination.

    You can’t order off the menu, read your receipt or make a bank deposit without assistance.

  • Recently, the state of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department, Protective Services held its annual Foster Children’s Christmas Party. We would like to express our appreciation to all the business and individuals who made monetary gift or other type of donation to ensure that our foster children were given the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas holiday.

    It is with your generosity that once again our Christmas party was a great success.

    A. Audra Salas

    County Office Manager and Staff

  • I would like to thank the people of Watrous for allowing me to serve their community MDWCA the past three years. I met the challenge; worked hard and prevailed. We have established a bookkeeping system that provides accurate recording of and full accountability on all management duties for our village water system.

  • HELP FROM A VETERAN MANAGER. County Manager Les Montoya has offered to help the city get through its current period of instability. That’s good news, especially since the city is without a manager and three department heads.

    Montoya was city manager throughout much of the 1990s and has served as county manager for the last decade, building a great track record. Any assistance he can provide the city government will benefit the community as a whole.

  • 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 your interest in this partnership were greatly appreciated.

  • Shuck and jive: Everybody happy? Change, in your pocket! War, war, war and more. New wars. Same old, same old. Ah, but we’ve finally got it all figured out: Progressive, liberal politics plus science, plus (the new god) technology; add a kick of neo-con to ensure the world that we, the USA, mean business! Who has their military in multiple nations, wars, and who knows what, while our ports and borders are porous sieves (not the leakage of Mexican workers; they are the false target of America’s hypocrisy). We meddle in everybody’s business but our own.

  • This morning, just five days before the inauguration of a new president, I had a detailed conversation with my grandson and namesake.

    I mentioned, in all sincerity, that Bush had ended the year on a positive note. “He demonstrated remarkable leadership, was strong, was quick to make the right decisions, acted courageously and, in the final distillation, made a lot of people happy.”

  • SANTA FE — I’ve told this one before but it is even more appropriate now. It illustrates how politics works, anywhere, at the most basic level.

    It was 1994. Gov. Bruce King was running for a second consecutive term. Lt. Gov. Casey Luna had left the fold. Patricia Madrid and Diane Denish were the leading contenders to replace Luna.

    On primary election night, Democrats met at the Hilton Inn, by the Big I, in Albuquerque. Much of the interest centered on the close race for lieutenant governor. Both candidates had big hospitality rooms.

  • For years, the Las Vegas City Council and city staffers have discussed the thoughts and statements of Floyd Duran, a federal official with great power over the local housing authority.

    The Las Vegas native placed the authority on troubled status in 2005, which meant greater federal scrutiny. But he has said nothing publicly about the process since that time.

  • I’ve been reading the Albuquerque Journal for more than two decades; as the state’s largest newspaper, it’s been my bible for New Mexico news.

    But the Journal, like the rest of us, is having to make serious cutbacks in this recession.

    In last Friday’s Journal, tucked away on the bottom of the business page deep inside the Journal, the paper ran a story with the headline, “Journal announces newsroom changes.”

  • SANTA FE — Humor carried the day again for New Mexico in the 2009 Rose Parade. Our float, depicting Wile E. Coyote rocketing down Route 66 after New Mexico’s state bird was selected by judges for the Bob Hope Humor Award.

    It’s the second year in a row that a whimsical theme has won an award for New Mexico. Traditionalists were mortified last year when the state Tourism Department selected a topic promoting New Mexico’s Spaceport America, with an assist by three little green men from Roswell.

  • I spent the first years of my life in northern England living below the flight path of Luftwaffe planes as they flew back and forth from Germany in an effort to “take out” the docks, canals, mills and mines of industrial Lancashire and to use fear to demoralize the population.  Air-raids, sirens, nights spent in shelters and in darkness, explosions and making my way to school passing bombed and burned-out buildings were the norm.

  • Our society needs to eliminate any unnecessary bureaucracy that keeps officers from doing their jobs. Unfortunately, a policy at the San Miguel County jail may be keeping cops off the streets.

    Both state and city police officials have criticized a jail policy that requires medical clearances for all DWI offenders. The jail’s warden insists the policy has been in place for years, while the police agencies contend it has been in effect for just a few weeks. Maybe the jail enacted the policy long ago, but it appears that jailers hadn’t been enforcing it until lately.

  • It’s been a pet peeve of mine for several years. On and off the air. Every time I drive into town to check the mail, go to the bank or run other errands, I hop on Interstate 25, exit 347 and off the middle exit. And every time I admire the choice decorations of wrecked cars, old trucks, gutted school buses, single wides with their roofs flapping in the breeze, 18-wheelers and mountains of wooden pallets along that stretch of I-25.

  • Last week President-elect Barack Obama laid the hammer down. On Thursday he called upon Congress to “act boldly and act now” to address an economy in peril, by enacting tax cuts and government spending measures totaling as much as $1 trillion. Using his strongest words so far, Obama outlined a nightmare scenario that included a recession that lasts for years and unemployment in the double digits.

  • The New Year has ushered in some nice or not-so-nice weather — wind, snow, even sunshine. It reminds one of the old exaggeration, “When I was your age, we had to walk X miles to school in all kinds of weather, uphill both ways.”

    Incidentally, in my hometown, Gallup, walking uphill both ways was a truism; no matter where you started out, there was a hill to climb — no kidding! We call our residential Green Street “Elephant Hill.”

  • On behalf of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1131 in Mora, we bid farewell to Ricky, with much respect and honor for his service to our auxiliary, as a faithful friend and talented correspondent in promoting our needs in the Las Vegas Optic.  

    We thank his wife, Kosuzu, for always being his side helper. We hope his family will always treasure their memories with Ricky.  

    We are grateful for his military service and his unending patriotism to our country.

    Vaya con dios, Ricky, on your journey home.

    Odilia Cantrell

    Secretary

  • DOWN thumb ... BUILDING UP STEAM. By mid-week, the photos told the story. A scowling Gov. Bill Richardson, at a press conference intended to show off landscaping at an Albuquerque interstate intersection, sat in his vehicle as reporters bombarded him with questions about his withdrawal as nominee for U.S. commerce secretary. But that’s old news; now it’s all about his relationship with CDR Financial Products, the California firm that appears to be central to a grand jury investigation.