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Today's Opinions

  • Visit and support animal shelter

    I would like to respond to Kim Delgado’s letter in the Oct. 4 edition.

    I am so glad she wrote what she did. I very much agree with her and want to add a few things.

    I visited the shelter after it was taken over by the Animal Welfare Coalition, and I am very happy to announce that it looks really clean, and is welcoming.

    The AWC people work very hard to do all the right things for the many animals that are staying there.

    As soon as I have the opportunity I will certainly offer my services as a volunteer.

  • Tacos and green grass

    Several movie scenes were recently shot in the village of Ribera at the La Risa Cafe. (La Risa means the laughter.) The name of the movie, which is supposed to be a comedy, is Taco Valley.

  • Alta Vista available to answer questions

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance — with few exceptions. Key initiatives of the Affordable Care Act (i.e., healthcare reform) began Oct. 1.

    As a key health provider in the northeast region of New Mexico, we want to provide education to our community members in an easy-to-understand way, as well as help them sign up for insurance through the health insurance marketplace, Medicaid and/or assistance with their premiums for medical coverage.

  • Learn more about community rights laws

    This is a public invitation to the San Miguel County commissioners to attend a presentation by Thomas Linzey, “In the Name of Sustainability: A New Community Rights Movement,” Monday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at NMHU Ilfeld Auditorium, 800 University Ave.

    Everyone is encouraged to attend as well.

  • Raise for music teacher wouldn’t be fair

    I couldn’t help but notice the (article) in (last week’s) paper about Mr. Martin Sena asking the Las Vegas City Schools district for more money or pay because he was offered a music position at the Pecos Independent School District.

    As an equal opportunity school district, would this be fair to the rest of the school employees?

    What about sports. Sports coaches work very hard every day after school training their students for upcoming games or competition.

  • Grading teachers

    New Mexico consistently ranks at or near the bottom compared to other states when it comes to educating our children.

    So it’s clear that business as usual is no longer an option when it concerns our state’s public schools. To their credit, Gov. Susana Martinez and the state Public Education Department realize this, and they’re trying to implement reforms that will make a difference. But they need to rethink their unilateral, top-down approach, which is on the verge of sparking a legal battle with the state’s two teacher unions.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 30, 2013
  • Work of Art — We love being scared

    Tomorrow night, many of us will get the chance to become frightened — and to enjoy it. Is it the rush of adrenalin that gives people a “high?”

    Thursday night, Halloween, will of course feature spooky costumes as kids go trick-or-treating. If history holds out, they’ll congregate mostly in the newer, better-lighted areas of town. Streets like Vegas, Mountain View, Dalbey, Legion and Lee drives are likely gathering places.