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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 26, 2013
  • Recall organizers need to reconsider

    We do not understand the reasons behind the movement toward recalling Mayor Alfonso Ortiz. This is a very costly process for the city of Las Vegas, and ultimately we the taxpayers will pay the price for an unnecessary action. There is no evidence Mayor Ortiz has done anything illegal or corrupt.

  • Fear-mongers are wrong on fracking

    Just like with fracking, some years ago there was a similar hue and cry about the Forest Service’s thinning of the upper Gallinas Watershed. Then, like now with oil and gas development, the fear-mongers will be proven wrong.

  • Luna board should request state audit

    It is time for a Luna Community College state audit. After noting problems that have been brought to light by the Luna Community College board in  recent years, I feel it is important for the newly elected board to clear the air publicly and ask the state for an audit of all tax funded programs.

    If money for certain programs has been misused then those at the helm must be held accountable, starting at the top. The losers if mismanagement is proven to have taken place is not only the taxpayer but more importantly the students who attend LCC.

  • War killings just as appalling

    I am saddened by the bombing in Boston. I am sorry that three people died and many were injured.

    Now, what about the innocent people around the world who are being slaughtered in the name of war? We need to be just as appalled by these deaths. Men, women and children have died in the hundreds of thousands.

    When will we wake up and see that we are all one? We are all human beings.

    Carole Silon
    Las Vegas
     

  • Oil company haters should reject funds

    On the front page of the April 8-9 edition of the Optic there was a good story on the wildlife study that Highlands will be able to conduct as a result of a generous research grant. However, I noted that the grant was from one of those mean old capitalist oil companies. Now what?

  • Nuestra Historia: Junio Lopez and the Alpha News

    Our tale of two cities, presently focusing on the history of Las Vegas newspapers, will culminate in later columns with the merger of East and West Las Vegas in 1970. Consolidation of the twin cities is closely interwoven, however, with the Alpha News and its publisher, Junio Lopez — acknowledged by his contemporaries and historians alike as the father of consolidation.

  • Another Perspective - Oil and gas cost and enforcement issues

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The articles were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.