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Today's Opinions

  • Western governors go one, two

    SANTA FE – Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano  beat New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to a cabinet post in the Barack Obama administration by two days.

    Originally Richardson’s appointment as Commerce Secretary was to be announced before Napolitano’s, but Obama decided to leave him off economic team announcements.

    For awhile that was interpreted to be a slight or an indication that Richardson had problems. But now, it is being interpreted by the national press as an attempt by President-Elect Obama to give Bill his own special time in the spotlight.

  • Protecting Utah’s wilderness

    “This is the most beautiful place on earth ... the canyonlands.  The slickrock desert.  The red dust and the burnt cliffs and the lonely sky.

    “Under the spreading sunrise are more mesas, more canyons, league on league of red cliff and arid tablelands, extending through purple haze over the bulging curve of the planet to the ranges of Colorado-a sea of desert.  

  • Youth team says thanks

    Dear Editor,

    On behalf of the 2009 Youth Team of United Way of Northern New Mexico, we would like to thank the community for helping us raise more than $10,800. With the leadership of Morrie Pongratz and the participation of Keanna Cohen, Nat Gustafson, Aspen Gutgsell, Ben Havemann, Kevin McCurdy, Meghan Montoya, Kelsey Neal, Adam Nekimken, Benigno Sandoval, Chelsy Smith, Andrew Vierra and Beth Wendelberger youth team members, we were able to exceed our $7,000 fund-raising campaign goal for this year!

  • JPJ complex bad idea

    Dear Editor,

    At last, a citizen of this town has had the guts to talk about the emperor’s new clothes. Not that the emperor has no clothes, but that he has too many and they cost way too much.

  • Council did the right thing

    The council’s action in taking no action was the right thing to do in regards to the vacancy left by Jim West. While we would not have had any issue with the council beginning the process of seeking out applicants, there is nothing wrong with waiting until January.

    Yes, this will delay the process but that is a small price to pay when you consider that this really needs to be done right – and by those it will impact most, the council coming on board in 2009.

  • United Way helps many - thanks to you!

    Well, the 2009 United Way campaign is over and thanks to all of you, the United Way of Northern New Mexico will be able to help many agencies help many people.

    The generous giving from those living here put the campaign over the $2 million mark. It is something to be proud of.

    With all the uncertanties in the economy and nation, for us to dig so deep and allow all these agencies the chance to really help those in need, is truly remarkable.

    Here are the agencies that we have all helped:

  • Hospital staff first-rate

    Dear Editor,

    I was fortunate to go to LAMC on Halloween Day this year and enjoyed the delightful costumes worn by the staff. The main entrance was populated by the characters from the storybook “The Wizard of Oz” beginning with Dorothy at registration and ending with the Wizard himself. What a great welcoming!

  • Unanimity is for autocrats, lemmings

    Dear Editor,

    I do not trust unanimity.  It seems to me that, usually, the only way to achieve it is when faced with dire need and/or only one option, or when in conversation with one’s self.  And yet...

     Recently, council was presented with an update on the animal shelter.  Councilors expressed a variety of concerns, some fairly serious, and engaged in lively debate.  Then they voted unanimously to proceed.