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Today's Opinions

  • Force the disclosures

    History may show that one of the worst U.S. Supreme Court decisions ever made occurred last year, when the high court ruled that the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 violated corporations’ and unions’ First Amendment rights. The ruling essentially gave these monied interests the same free-speech protections as afforded to individual citizens, thereby allowing unlimited amounts of money to flow into political advertising as a way to manipulate elections.

  • Red Bow Warrior

    By Martin Salazar

    “To me government is not peopled by good and bad men, with rare exceptions, but by men trying, each within the limitations of his abilities and his weaknesses, to perform the roles assigned them.”
    — Henry L. Trewhitt

    Being a journalist in your hometown can be a mixed blessing.

    You know everyone, and everyone knows you.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Salvation Army of Las vegas wishes to thank everyone who participated in our bell ringing campaign during the 2010 Christmas season.

  • Nuestra Historia - Will it be red or green?

    It has been two months since our first column, and many Optic readers have contacted us with questions and comments. One continuing question is why Las Vegas and New Mexico history is alternately referred to as Spanish and Mexican.

  • Orgullo del Norte - From Oñate to Invenergy

    “It is very hard to remember that events now long in the past were once in the future.”
    — Frederic William Maitland

    The downtown mural will be erected from the outside in. The panels will begin with the earliest period (pre-Spanish incursion) and latest period (today’s issues, conflicts, and events), working its way to the middle (the turn of the century 1880-1912). Therefore we will skip back and forth in order to describe what the public will be viewing, albeit out of a traditional timeline sequence.

  • True Grit a great tale

    True Grit is a movie based on a novel of the same name. The book relates an interesting detail left out of the movie: “I found myself in need of a road stake and I robbed one of them high-interest banks,” says Rooster Cogburn.  “Thought I was doing a good service. You can’t rob a thief, can you?”

    “It is all stealing,” Mattie Ross replies.

    “That was the position they taken in Las Vegas, New Mexico,” said Cogburn. “I had to fly for my life.”

  • Military ignoring us

    I don’t doubt that this area has been selected for military training flyovers because of the low population in a state that generally votes Democrat.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up! GREAT RECOGNITION. The West Las Vegas school district was honored at the State Capitol last week because four of its elementary schools were named among the top 20 schools in the state serving the needs of English language learners. The Don Cecilio Martinez, Tony Serna, Union and Valley elementary schools shared in West’s honor. The ceremony was part of the Bilingual Education Day at the State Legislature, and West was the only district to have four schools listed.