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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Armed deputies guard Carl Magee trial

    As Carl Magee went on trial in June of 1923, Sheriff Lorenzo Delgado posted armed deputies in Judge Leahy’s courtroom — and their presence was unmistakable and intimidating. As later remembered by an Optic reporter who covered the trial, “heavily armed deputies constantly walked back and forth across the well of the court between the jury room and Judge Leahy’s chambers.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - June 22, 2012

    St. Paul Pioneer Press, on heroin’s rise (June 19) — As the Minnesota Department of Human Services reported this week that abuse of heroin and prescription opiates has risen sharply, Carol Falkowski came to mind. Last fall, in a Pioneer Press news report and follow-up for these pages, she said this: “Heroin is here, and we have never seen it like this before.”
    We were warned.

  • A disturbing reversal

    Last month the Las Vegas City Council made a difficult but necessary decision to overturn a Board of Adjustments-approved variance for Ashley Salazar. Ahome was placed too close to the property line and contrary to the site plan that had been filed by her father, former Board of Adjustments member Marvin Salazar.

    We opined in this space shortly after last month’s council decision that “it sends the right message — that when it comes to city housing and property codes, rules are rules, and no one is above them.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 20, 2012
  • Work of Art - Nothing to do here?

    It really seemed easy. I watched as three grandchildren tried the ridiculously easy task of kicking a sponge ball through a space of about two feet square. What’s the big deal?

    Carly, Celina and Arthur Roland, my grandchildren,  couldn’t knock the ball through; in fact, most of the time they missed the ball completely. The catch? Jennifer Ballen, of the San Miguel County DWI task force, had them wear goggles that simulate how an intoxicated person would see things.

  • Shame on the adults

    First, let’s acknowledge that what happened at Rodriguez Park a few days ago — when the president of La Plaza Little League pulled a rifle during an argument involving a couple of coaches — is an outlandish exception. Most adult La Plaza participants don’t behave that way.

    We hope this will be the one and only time that we’ll ever have to report that a firearm was pulled at a Little League game, but the fact that it happened gives us great pause. Something’s terribly wrong when adults behave in this manner and in such a place.

  • Editoral Cartoon - June 18, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The rises and falls of the Vigils

    Last week I offered up some post-election tidbits based on the results of the June 5 primary elections, but I saved this one for a column of its own. Put into context, it’s much bigger than a tidbit.

    Two primary elections resulted in the defeat of two Vigils from the Valley. Richard Vigil, a state representative since 1999, was beaten by Tomás Salazar, who received 56 percent of the vote. Rep. Vigil will serve out his term and Salazar is poised to take his place in January 2013.