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Opinion

  • Barack Obama is a black man with a white mother.

    Is he also a white man with a black father?

    Betty Quick

    Las Vegas

  • The Las Vegas City Schools, Superintendent Richard Romero, School Social Worker Jennie Mae Ortiz, and I, the mental health counselor, would like to extend appreciation to the following for their support during the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Training that was held at Memorial Middle School Oct. 15:

  • The family of Lala D. Baca would like to offer our gratitude and appreciation to the following during this difficult time:

  • The Mike “Mateo” Sena Elementry annual Fall Fest held Oct. 24 was a huge success.

  • Today is Veterans Day, when we honor those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. To those who served honorably and, thankfully, returned home in good health, we wish to express our sincere gratitude for your service. But for those who sacrificed more than that, by serving and losing something in one of this nation’s many conflicts, we want to say a bit more.

  • Talk about one individual or a single entity making a difference in a person’s life: The Viles Foundation Inc. (VFI) is that entity. It has certainly made a tremendous difference in the lives of 800-plus college bound students.

    Recently, the VFI celebrated its 50-year anniversary. Tribute was paid to this organization’s half century of service at a luncheon sponsored by the Viles Foundation Inc. Board of Directors, Bank of America-U.S. Trust and the New Mexico Highlands University.

  • UP thumb  MONUMENTAL ELECTION. Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected President of the United States this week, bringing tears to the eyes of millions of Americans regardless of culture, place or color.

    It was a national moment of reconciliation. Blacks and whites and every other color in the American rainbow were liberated from our racially divided past and, finally, we got to see ourselves as one. All our racial divisions won’t disappear at this junction in history, but neither will we ever again be the same.

  • Given the situation President-elect Barack Obama is being handed, one might wonder if, in winning, he lost. It will be a difficult task to overcome the military and economic challenges he faces, and he has only four years to demonstrate that he’s up to the task before the voters judge his work.

  • SANTA FE — A curious situation down in Lincoln County apparently has elected officials throughout the state on edge.

    It all started when former Capitan mayor and deputy sheriff Steve Sederwall decided to run for sheriff as an independent. He checked with both the county clerk’s office and the secretary of state’s office to be sure he was doing everything an independent candidate needed to do to get on the ballot.

  • As president of the Fiesta Council, I met recently with the council members for a debriefing. Everyone present had received nothing but great comments from the people who attended the Fiestas.

    Overall, it was a great success. The Council will strive for a better Fiesta next year. People just love to go to the park and hang out all day listening to the music and supporting their favorite bands. The food vendors were very pleased with the outcome and their sales. The one comment they kept repeating in each booth was that they loved the organization in the set up procedure.

  • SANTA FE — Former U.S. Reps. Ed Foreman and Bill Redmond have been in the news lately. Foreman endorsed Earl Greer in the Republican 2nd Congressional District primary and Redmond has been asked to provide advice on how the GOP candidate in the 3rd Congressional District might pull out a victory.

    Who are these men, you ask? Never heard of them? That’s understandable. They were rare exceptions in New Mexico’s U.S. House delegation. Foreman served only one two-year term. Redmond served just 17 months.

  • Lately, we’ve seen photos of gleeful students being awarded personal laptop computers: the reward for completing a course, program or workshop.

    The prize, to be sure, is not really a freebie; students need to complete some course of study; nor is the windfall restricted to this area, as schools have for years lured students by offering them free computers.

  • SANTA FE — Watch for New Mexico on TV this week. CW Network’s “The Daily Buzz” taped five segments around the state last month and is showing them every day this week around 7 a.m.

    The segments were taped in Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and White Sands National Monument. In addition, on Friday, July 4, “The Daily Buzz” will broadcast live from the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center during the UFO Festival.

  • In 2006, my wife, Brenda, and I purchased a sport utility vehicle, a 2001 Toyota 4Runner. We got it because she said she needed it for her job as a real estate agent; some places are hard to reach without a four-wheel drive.

    Subconsciously, maybe we got the gas guzzler because it’s the American thing to do.

    According to the Web site Autohopper, the gas mileage on the 4Runner is 19 miles per gallon on average, while our other car, a 1999 Toyota Camry, stands at 27 miles per gallon.

  • There’s quite a bit of concern among residents in Mora and San Miguel counties about a potential increase in property taxes for grazing land. In a time when we hear more and more about the common sense of healthy, locally grown food products (for example, beef), our state government seems to be pushing small livestock operators to the edge of extinction.

  • If you want to drive to Camp Luna to visit, we live on the northwest corner (almost). But if you’re a dog-dropper-off-er, we’ve moved to Honolulu.

    Let’s vary the statement somewhat: If you need us, we’ll be at home. It follows, then, that if you don’t need us, we’re elsewhere.

    We covered this iffy kind of conditional mood a couple of columns back, implying that people’s intentions determine the physical location or even the name of the other person.

    Let me explain:

  • SANTA FE — The 2010 U.S. Census badly undercounted New Mexico’s population, according to a recent study released by New Mexico Voices for Children.

    An undercount of almost 36,000 individuals shortchanged New Mexico by $110 million in funds for eight federal programs. Of those individuals, over 30 percent were children.

    The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, a professional consulting firm, noted that the undercount for Hispanics and Native Americans was higher than for the overall population.

  • It could hardly get worse for Republicans. With President Bush in the White House, his party will suffer as the result of an unpopular war in Iraq and a declining economy at home.

    Still, Sen. John McCain of Arizona could prevail as the GOP’s standard bearer this year. He’s a maverick that could win swing voters in battleground states such as New Mexico.

  • SANTA FE Might this be a year when independents determine the outcome of some of our top federal races? It could happen.

    Whenever there are open federal seats, independent and third-party candidates come out of the woodwork. This year, in addition to having four congressional vacancies in New Mexico, there also is no incumbent president.

    At the presidential level , expect to see more than two candidates on your ballot next November. Along with the usual selection of anonymous lightweights will be a couple of candidates approaching the middleweight class.

  • The waiter at a Santa Fe restaurant greeted us with the usual spiel: “My name is Brian, and I’ll be your waiter for the evening.”

    There are only two ways to respond to this kind of greeting: “That’s nice!” and “My name is Art, and I’ll be your customer for the evening.” But rather than poke fun at a formality which at least shows, well, formality, I was struck with the non-sequitur that followed.