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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Congratulations to HU's leaders

    Congratulations to Highlands University for not only being financially sound but for once again being a stable force in Northern New Mexico. It has been nearly two years since James Fries took the reins to my alma mater and I want to thank him and the regents for having the vision to move forward. I remember not too long ago when Highlands was an at-risk university.

  • EDITORIAL: Lawmakers are lobbyists

    A few weeks ago, state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, suggested the Las Vegas City Council hire a lobbyist to help the community get money for needed projects.

    In making the recommendation, Vigil had good intentions for Las Vegas. But we disagree with his advice. Hiring a lobbyist would be a poor use of city money.

  • COLUMN: Strength in numbers

    Yes, it’s a cliche, but there is strength in numbers. Those with more power know this rule better than anybody else.

    Last week, a city advisory task force told the City Council that film companies negotiate individually with local merchants who are affected by their productions.

    That leads to some businesses getting better compensation than others. Those with weaker negotiating skills jump at the first offer.

  • COLUMN: Police Misconduct

     What remedies do people have if they are mistreated by law enforcement officers? Last week an interim legislative committee considered the question and heard evidence that there isn’t much that can be done under present law.

    Testimony indicated that complaints to local officials seldom result in any action. Albuquerque has some police oversight mechanisms but no one present recommended them as being models others should use.

  • EDITORIAL: Obama must let sunshine in

    Despite problems and crises at every turn, right now President-elect Barack Obama has the goodwill of the majority on his side. He will enter the Oval Office in a strong position to affect significant change, in part because of the honeymoon he’s on with the public as well as the media.

    But as soon as he takes office, he could strengthen his position even more — by opening up some federal doors that the Bush administration has tightly shut.

  • LETTER: We are all special

    “Concepts.” I think it was addressed to people who are “spiritual” or in the experiment of if the Bible was true. I thought the letter was to emphasize precautions needed after you found only way to be saved referring to changing most of your beliefs were incorrectly aligned with lies to not be violent toward people who do this. If we have purity, Jesus notes, songs, worship, it shouldn’t matter the source, who is better, because the newcomers are in sin (though sin is “burnt” separation)!

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    We, the Jackie R. Tapia family, wish to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for your love, understanding and assistance, to the following professionals who cared for and assisted him during his illness:  All doctors, nurses and staff at the Centro de Salud, Dr. Michael Lopez and staff, the technicians of the Las Vegas Emergency Ambulance Services, Rocky Mountain Ambulance Services, and the many helpful and caring staff at the Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Thumbs

    UP thumb ... FISCALLY SOUND. Highlands University regents were told last week that, despite the expectations of budget cuts coming with an economic slowdown, the school is “fiscally strong in all respects.” And that’s on top of findings in a recent study that Highlands’ tuition and fees for undergraduate New Mexico residents are the lowest in the West (an 11-state region).