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Opinion

  • It isn’t likely that Proposition 8 will be the final word in the debate over same-sex marriages in California. And it shouldn’t be.

    The initiative passed by 52 percent of California voters alters that state’s constitution to read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Its passage overrules a court decision last May allowing same-sex marriage, but opponents have already filed legal challenges, contending that it should be invalidated.

  • No one would deny that the United States established a significant historical milestone on Nov. 4. The question now presented to us as a nation and as a society is: How is this significant?

    One answer is to place it into America’s historic time line:

    232 years ago the Congress of the 13 colonies declared their independence from British rule, stating, in terms that we all know so well: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”

  • Scenic Corridor not an industrial zone

    The proposed facility will be located also on state land. It will consist of 47  390-feet tall 1.5 MW turbines and miles of power lines going down the mesa to the grid northward. These enormous wind towers will be easily seen from Interstate 25 between Tecolote and South San Isidro (as far as mile marker 312) and from the north end of Route 3.

  • This is in response to [article about] Patricia Anderson on Oct. 24:

    Ms. Patricia Anderson’s story is proof we will never win the so-called War on Terror because we are often steered from our instincts, refused access to relevant information, and mired in bureaucratic procedure — all of which leaves us vulnerable.

  • Let’s be clear on one point: Just because a company is trying to advance a renewable energy source doesn’t give it a free ride over the government process of oversight. That’s not how this nation should move forward with a new energy policy.

    Unfortunately, however, deference seems to be a big reason why Invenergy is getting state support to construct up to 50 massive wind turbines in western San Miguel County, while protesting neighbors are being discounted as anti-progress.

  • I confess that I’ve always been a car nut. From my first car (a much-used Oldsmobile Rocket 88), more than half a century ago, to my current monthly readership of every known English-language car mag, I’ve loved cars and enjoyed the driving — and racing — pleasures of Alfas, BMWs, MGs, Porsches, big American iron, the best of the Asiatic offerings and everything in between (including some fast motorcycles).

  • The first time I felt the impact of big bucks was in my youth, while window shopping at the old J.C. Penney store in Las Vegas, exactly where Beall’s operates now.

    I had been selling newspapers downtown and ran in to a fifth-grade classmate who I thought to be the richest kid in town. We began talking about finances. I’d been proud of having opened my own passbook-savings account, at the First National Bank, and, solely through sales of Optics, I’d built up a nest egg of about $7.

  • The people accused of assaulting others during a Robertson High School football camp in August are innocent until proven guilty. That’s as it should be.

    The allegations, of course, are highly disturbing. The one excuse we’re hearing over and over holds no water whatsoever.

  • Recently, the Las Vegas Police Department closed its rifle range to the public. That’s after officers discovered yet another rash of damage to the facility, including vandalism, illegal dumping and shooting at structures not intended as targets.

    The police made the right decision. Now, officers are drafting a new policy for use of the range, and they say they hope to involve the public.

  • When it comes to water supplies, the city of Las Vegas should keep all options on the table. That should be the city’s approach even in times of plentiful precipitation, which has been the case over the last year.

  • SANTA FE — New Mexico’s three new Democratic U.S. House members won election by solid margins. But can they all survive?

    The representatives from congressional districts 1 and 2 took over seats that Democrats have not held in over 25 years. The 3rd Congressional District looks plenty safe for Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    His most likely competition would likely come from another Democrat and that isn’t probable as long as his father remains a power in state politics.

  • Last week, Gilberto Reyes, the former professional baseball player, tried to challenge his detention. And he had a good case to make: He’s been sitting in the county jail for nearly a year on a charge of drug distribution — a nonviolent crime, we might add. He hasn’t been able to make bail, so he’s been detained every day since he was charged with the offense in December 2007.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the staff and students at West Las Vegas Middle School, I thank the District Attorney’s office for the interesting and educational presentations on domestic violence they shared with our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders last month. Twice a month, the middle school schedules presentations to help the students become aware and informed of real issues in their lives.

  • It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that over the past several years there has been a redistribution of the wealth. The middle class and the poor are getting poorer. Our governments embracing of the theory of trickle down economic is ultimately responsible for massive unemployment. Unemployment cuts off purchasing power. The result is economic depression.

  • The recent attempt by city officials, former housing directors, former mayor Henry Sanchez, hired consultants and the media, to blame Floyd Duran, Housing and Urban Development representative for the federal government for the city housing situation, is a copout. The only thing I have heard out of their mouth is innuendo, “mitote” and a let’s blame someone else except ourselves attitude. Haven’t they read the HUD reports? Where have they been these last three years?

  • UP thumb ... PROTECT THE CROSSES. We’re happy to see state Attorney General Gary King intervening in a U.S. Court of Appeals case out of Utah seeking to prohibit roadside crosses memorializing fallen state troopers in that state. This case could impact the longstanding tradition of descansos in New Mexico, so we think King’s brief is justified.

  • Please put a wind generator “in my back yard.” Even though wind generation has some ill side-effects, the many benefits should outweigh negative aspects for almost any mesa near Las Vegas.

  • One of the classiest motivators, something virtually guaranteed to get people to pick up a book, appeared a few years ago.

    It was a several-paneled cartoon which started simply with a kid’s beginning to read a book. The second panel showed the child expressing greater interest.

    The third section showed some kind of monster on the page, and the young reader growing fangs, facial hair and claws.

    The exaggerations continued, with the message that by the time the child got well into the book, the child herself had changed. She had become what she was reading.

  • For the past two years Invenergy has been setting up to build a 47 turbine wind farm on the mesa ridge above our house. Many in our community are just now learning about it. More specifically the location is right by Starvation Peak, on the historic Santa Fe Trail and Route 66 and the scenic Pecos valley off Highway 3.

    It is a beautiful landscape and right by a community that has been able to live a sustainable, low-impact, small-farm lifestyle for generations, thanks to the Pecos River frontage. We live off the grid producing our electricity from solar panels.

  • In dramatic fashion, the City Council voted to fire six department directors in June, but more than four months later, the city has yet to fill any of these positions.

    City Manager Sharon Caballero said the slowness in hiring new people is purposeful because the city wants to take advantage of vacancy savings in a difficult budget year.