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Opinion

  • Thumbs UP for ... LOUD AND CLEAR. Members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op rejected nearly all of the 18 proposed changes to its organizational bylaws last weekend, and we want to applaud the membership for one big decision in particular. Requiring the utility to follow the state’s open meetings and open records laws is critical for the co-op’s credibility.

  • Industrial wind developers like to dismiss local community residents as NIMBYs (not in my back yard), when they object to development within a few hundred feet of their homes.

  • Should our government have a zero-tolerance approach toward drunken driving? Of course it should. Unfortunately, the West Las Vegas school district has fallen short.

    Last year, the district’s head mechanic totaled a West vehicle in Moriarty. The Torrance County Sheriff’s Department said the West employee and a friend, another local mechanic, had gone to a bar and a strip club beforehand. Both went to the hospital after the crash.

  • Two things have happened recently to make me really ponder the ways in which people communicate — or sometimes don’t.

    When people say, “We’re just not communicating,” I want to say, “Yes we are, but we’re just not agreeing.” In other words, “Nothing never happens.”

    At the risk of violating the double-negative rule (nothing, never), I’m merely saying there always is communication, but not always what we desire.

  • If the Las Vegas City Council does its job, it faces uncomfortable issues. In so doing, its members may not always win popularity contests.

    At its regular meeting last week, the council voted to take the first step toward an ordinance that will raise the local sales tax by 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

  • “Mora County had the equivalent of a political earthquake,” said David Giuliani in the June 7 Optic.

    Two Mora County Commission seats were taken by John Olivas and Paula Garcia during the primary election June 1. Uncontested for the November ballot and new to political life, Olivas begins his four-year term as the District 2 commissioner this coming January, while Garcia will run against Republican opponent, Antonio Pino in District 1.  But with 61 percent of the primary vote, her win in November should be for certain.  

  • Every sheriff in New Mexico gets to pick his own undersheriff. It’s a political appointment, so the undersheriff doesn’t have much job protection.

    If the under-sheriff looks at the boss in the wrong way, then the sheriff can get rid of him.

    In March, when Mora County Undersheriff Tim Marquez decided to run for sheriff against his boss, Roy Cordova, the sheriff quickly fired him.

    At the time, I thought that seemed acceptable — that’s just the way it works.

    Now, I’m wondering whether it should work that way.

  • Regarding MSMEC Proposed Bylaw Change No. 16: The reason for requiring super majority votes when changing charters, bylaws, etc. is to deliberately make it difficult. If the location of the co-op headquarters can be changed with a simple majority vote, we could potentially be changing locations every other year.  

  • June is Torture Awareness Month, and to observe it, the Las Vegas group of Amnesty International will hold two events this Friday and Saturday.

    The Saturday event will be the annual vigil to remember victims of torture, taking place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Sixth and National. The night before, the group will show a film, “The Response,” a dramatization of a panel of military judges deciding whether an alleged enemy combatant should be released from detention at Guantánamo, or continue to be imprisoned, perhaps indefinitely.

  • In response to the advertisement in the Optic about the Mora San Miguel Electric Co-op annual meeting: I find the ad offensive because it is factually incorrect, and misses the larger point. The ad states that one of the proposed bylaw changes suggests moving the cooperative to Pecos, which is not the case. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did not submit, write, or collaborate on proposal No.

  • Thumbs UP for ... SHOW'S OVER. Val Kilmer gave an awkward apology at this week’s San Miguel County Commission meeting, saying he was sorry about what he says he didn’t say. And while that seems to be enough for most, it may not have been enough for his main antagonist, Abe Tapia, who was also put off by the “police state” approach to Wednesday’s meeting.

  • Apparently, the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative has not even considered using current technology to solve the distance-to-meeting problem for its membership. Simply employ video teleconferencing from the Pecos office during meetings. This technology has been available for at least two decades, is proven, and is increasingly popular in commercial settings as the cost of travel increases. There are a number of commercial services offering this technology; for instance, Go To Meeting or Webex, among others.

  • All right, Tom Mullins, which version of your loose-lips-sink-ships inanity would you like for the public to bruit around?

    Republican Tom Mullins, who will face U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in the November general election, was on local radio station KNMX in May. Although he made the following quoted remarks about a month ago, before winning the recent primaries, the full impact of the statements appeared in the press only last week.

  • The members of the Robertson High School Close Up @ WDC Club, along with their advisor, wish to thank the following businesses for their donations to their raffle:

  • We’re glad Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold has decided not to use the electroshock weapon known as Tasers in his department. He said the history of lawsuits and the number of reported injuries that stem from their use led him to conclude that they are just too risky. We think he’s doing the right thing by banning their use.

  • The Las Vegas City Schools has held the Fifth Grade Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Tournament successfully for the past 10 years. This would not be possible without the support of the school administrators, teachers, parents, and coaches. A special thanks to Coach Fabian Trujillo, Coach Raynee Gerhart, Coach Benny Ortiz, Pete Garcia and Justin Montoya, as well as our sponsors, Elk Lodge 408 and the Bank of Las Vegas.

    Congratulations to the 2010 Champions: Legion Park Boys and the Los Niños Girls.

    Mark Herrera

    Las Vegas

  • We want to make sure you know that mental health services are available in your community.

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Institute Community Based Services Division (CBS) is a licensed community mental health provider that has a long history of providing quality community-based mental health services in northern New Mexico. We have operated mental health clinics in San Miguel and Mora counties for 20 years and in Guadalupe County for 15 years.

  • On Saturday, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will vote on a number of issues.

    One of the major ones would make it easier to change the site of the headquarters, which has long been in Mora. The current threshold is that two-thirds of members need to support such a change, but a proposal on Saturday would decrease that to a plurality — in other words, the largest number of votes.

  • Sitting in a classroom isn’t the ideal way to spend a beautiful summer day.

    But because of a speeding ticket, Municipal Court mandated that I attend the defensive driving course taught by Cruz Flores on a recent Saturday.

    The alternative was paying a steep fine and letting the violation go on my driving record, thus increasing my insurance rates.

  • On Tuesday, June 8, our granddaughter was hit by a pickup in front of her home. First of all, we want to thank the city police, the state police and the EMTs in helping with this terrible accident. To all of our friends, thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts.