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Today's Opinions

  • Seeking help for trip to D.C.

    The West Las Vegas Middle School asks for your generous donations in making this possible. We are seeking 2,000 persons to donate $20 each to help us reach our goal of $40,000 so we can make this event possible.  

    Donations can be made to West Las Vegas Middle School, 179 Bridge St., Las Vegas, NM 87701.  

    The West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America will be competing in Washington, D.C. on May 3 through May 8. There will be 29 students, along with sponsors, attending the Business Professionals Nationals Competitions.  

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FREE FLICKS. It’s not just a passing contribution to community life, Highlands University has been offering free movies at Ilfeld Auditorium for couple of years now. It’s just that the Optic has finally gotten around to featuring it on the front page of our paper. It’s about time we gave it a big thumbs up, too.

  • Dulcey Amargo: The issue of social promotion

    We’re all familiar with the phrase, “Biting off more than we can chew.” For the past few weeks I’ve been mulling over that concept, but finally decided to share my viewpoint on the issue prompted by Gov. Susana Martinez and the effort to end social promotion.

    First, let me say that I’m not omniscient; then let me say that a good portion of my career, from 1968 to 2010, was focused upon literacy education as well as developmental education.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of Old Town Plaza, Part 2

    This is the second of two articles which I invited from resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk, who has done extensive primary research concerning the development of the Old Town Plaza. As noted in our previous entry, in 2001 Marcus published Pioneer Merchants of the Old Town Plaza, and we appreciate his contribution to this column.

    By Marcus C. Gottschalk
    Contributor

  • Orgullo del Norte - ‘Tiny’ Martinez and the Brown Berets

    “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
    — Elie Wiesel

    Desperate people have desperate ways. Many groups of color were organized during the 1960s and 70s. The Black Panthers, AIM (American Indian Movement), and the Brown Berets (Chicanos) were the three largest.

    Their common cause had to do with Civil Rights and poverty.

  • Hold East district to same standard

    Now that you’ve taken the West Las Vegas school system out “behind the barn” (your editorial of March 14), perhaps, in the interest of fairness, you can hold the other school system to your objective eye.

    Why does Jay Quintana still have his teaching certificate?

    Why is Jay Quintana not listed as a “sex offender”?

    Why won’t current RHS board members respond to my query as to permanence of the tax bailout property owners were saddled with this past year?

  • Not counted in the census

    Reading through your report on 2010 census results, I can only say that I was not counted. There was no mail form. No one came by. And there were no phone calls requesting information.

    Certainly being a taxpaying citizen, a property owner, and registered voter, there seems to be problem here, especially when it comes to redistricting and other potential available services.

    Kirk Bonds
    Las Vegas
     

  • Why the expense if no challenge?

    So, the new city charter remains in a limbo status. This is as if the charter is being held hostage, along with the voters.