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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs

    UP thumb MISTAKE ADDRESSED PROPERLY. After revelations that the city violated its own ordinance by approving a Chamber of Commerce contract without running it by the Lodgers Tax Board — which had been disbanded earlier this year — the mayor and council took a step back to fix the mistake. A new board has now been named with able-bodied business people on it and the process can now move forward legally.

  • Change and stability

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has changed most of the cast of characters at City Hall since taking office nearly four months ago. He immediately hired a new interim city manager and disbanded all city committees. Last month, he brought in a new permanent city manager and dismissed six of the city’s 10 department directors. Citizens voted him in on a change platform, and change they have received.

  • The Las Vegas dilemma

    So what is it about Las Vegas past, present and future that troubles some folks so? Is it that many folks have tried to bring growth, opportunity and jobs that run against the grain of the zero-growth thinkers? Las Vegas has long appeared as the big rock in the economic stream that waters reluctantly flow around opting instead for Espaola, Taos, Santa Fe or Albuquerque.

  • Foreman and Redman

    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.

  • Remembering Marilynn

    Bob and I met Marilynn Ernest at a Las Vegas meeting of the Peace and Justice committee while we were still living in Mosquero, 94 miles away. She was there every Tuesday evening and, unlike most of those attending, she walked. She would get a ride home because she preferred not to walk home after dark.

  • Mil Gracias

    Luna Community College would like to show its gratitude for the fourth annual Custom Car Show & Shine that we co-sponsored.

  • Boomers, race and Vietnam

    Two issues have always haunted Baby Boomers: Vietnam and race. And while significant process has been made on the issue of race, the nation is still arguing over the lessons of the Vietnam War.

    That’s why Barack Obama has a chance to win the presidency even as the nation continues to debate the definition of patriotism.

  • Typing bell means coffee break

    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.