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Today's Opinions

  • Obama should curtail expenses

    In the Thumbs section of the 29 March edition of the Optic comment was made about the possible loss of funding for the Mora-Colfax Head Start program. Rather than demonizing “our elected officials,” I suggest each voter attempt to write and contact President Obama and Vice President Biden to curtail just a portion of their vacation and travel expenses.

  • Family thankful for support

    Aleandra Sanchez’s family from Villanueva would like to thank family, friends and community for the tremendous support during this devastating death. We will never be the same and will live with an empty heart, but we are not alone.

    Elaina Sanchez
    Las Vegas
     

  • Now’s the time to service vehicles

    If you own a vehicle, chances are it needs some work. National Car Care Month in April is the ideal time to spring into action and give your car some extra attention.

    Results of vehicle inspections held at community car care events across the country reveal that 77 percent of vehicles need service or parts. Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value.

  • Nuestra Historia: Tiny Martinez’s Revista Norteña

    Most of the three dozen or more newspapers published here since 1869 were short-lived and circulated during the time Las Vegas was New Mexico’s premier city, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and even the few that ran more than a decade did not survive beyond 1930. Since that time the Optic alone has endured, and though periodicals of one sort or another have emerged from time to time, they have been both momentary and inconsequential — with two notable exceptions.

  • Our Watershed: Alliance turns vision into action

    Editor’s note: This is the eighth and final column in a series that has been running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

  • What’s next for East?

    We applaud Las Vegas City Schools officials for persuading the state to kick in $750,000 in emergency supplemental funding to help the district get through this fiscal year.

    We also give the district, and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez in particular, credit for finally revealing that the true magnitude of the district’s shortfall for the current fiscal year is about $1.075 million.

    Under state law, public entities cannot end a fiscal year in the red.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 17, 2013
  • Work of Art - Toemaine poisoning?

    There’s no accounting for some people’s tastes — literally. Take the case of the Santa Fe man who for the third time has been charged with attempted atrocities on the foot of an ex-girlfriend.

    The last time, earlier this month, Daniel Anaya was arrested after the woman reported that he attacked her after tracking her down in her new home in Albuquerque. Police say Anaya allegedly tried to cut off her big toe with a cigar cutter.