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Today's Opinions

  • Time to seize vehicles

    Nearly a decade ago, state lawmakers ramped up penalties for repeat drunk drivers and for those who kill someone while driving drunk. With those increased penalties, one would think that repeat drunk drivers would be few and far between.

    Unfortunately, in New Mexico and in Las Vegas and San Miguel County, drunk driving remains an epidemic. Just take a look at the Friday jail log published in this newspaper every week.

  • Work of Art — $33 million an obscene amount

    An experiment years ago on how children perceive worth yielded some interesting results — results based almost solely on the children’s economic status.

    Here’s how it went: Children in the intermediate grades were asked to estimate the size of various coins, using a device that projected an image on a screen. The students were to adjust the aperture of the device, much in the same way a camera lens reduces and enlarges.

  • Another Perspective — State abandons common sense

    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration faced a dilemma at the beginning of this year: A new computer program designed to detect Medicaid fraud had sounded alarms at more than a dozen of the state’s behavioral health care providers, including some of the biggest and most reputable names in mental health care in New Mexico.

    What administration officials did next is both telling and troubling.

  • Emergency projects

    With all the rain we’ve received over the last two months, it would be natural for the city to shelve its emergency water projects. But that would be the wrong move, given the limited storage we have and our city’s vulnerability to drought.

    Just look at the town of Magdalena where thousands of gallons of water had to be trucked in last month because its only operating well failed.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 12, 2013
  • Teacher evaluation system is flawed

    I am writing in regard to the (Associated Press) article discussing a new teacher evaluation system in New Mexico. If the article is accurate, the system needs to be reconsidered for the simple fact that the evaluation of anyone is not an isolated activity but rather part of a process.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 9, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! SHERIFF TAKES THE FIFTH

  • Nuestra Historia: Businessmen led East Las Vegas until merger

    The idea of merging East and West Las Vegas as one combined municipality did not begin (in contemporary history) until about 1965. Before that year, consolidation did not enter the social or political discourse of the day, as both towns simply trudged along separately — each almost oblivious of the other.