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Today's Opinions

  • Area deserves protection

    I am writing to commend Sens. Bingaman and Udall for their leadership in bringing Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishing Act one step closer to passage with a hearing last week in the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests.

  • Now is the time for bold action

    The East Board made a courageous choice in their action to hire none of the finalists for the vacant superintendent’s position.

    Isn’t now the perfect time to reconsider a consolidation of the two Las Vegas school districts?

    Isn’t now the moment, when teacher cuts in both districts are imminent?

    Isn’t now the opportune time, when our “community united” may make the boldest choice and take the action that would benefit the most children?

  • Tribute to an educator

    It has been said that we wait until people die before we say good things about them, but when Leonard Aragon retired from Mora Independent Schools I sent in a nice article to the Optic, describing his character, and it was published.

  • Mil Gracias

    The staff and parent-teacher organizations at Union Elementary and Don Cecilio elementary schools would like to thank the Bikes for Books Program; Masonic Charities Foundation of New Mexico, Chapman Lodge #2 AF & AM; the Las Vegas Wal-Mart store; the Eagles Aerie #3815; and the Robertson High School FFA Chapter for donating bicycles to give to our students as incentives for reading books and doing well in academics.

    Thanks to their generous donations we were able to reward our students this year with 25 bicycles.
    Delbert Saaverdra

  • Fun in the summertime

    It’s great to live in — and visit — Las Vegas. Our town has a fascinating multicultural history, complete with Old Town and New Town relics of our varied past and our diverse personalities. We’ve got a city museum (and another one on the way) filled with collective memories of yesteryear, along with other buildings so filled with historic artifacts that they could be labeled as museums, too.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 1, 2011
  • Work of Art: Fonazo on el treadmill

    Trinidad Martinez, mentioned in this space a while back, took on ethnographic research for a linguistics class he took a few years ago when Prof. Carol Scates chaired the Highlands University English Department.

    A native of nearby Peñasco, Martinez came up with an impressive list of words which we Spanish speakers in northern New Mexico have adopted. Surely, anyone familiar with the Spanish language has come across any number of words that we’ve somehow made fit.

  • Lost heroes

    We’ll call him our lost hero. He served in Korea, though it could have been any of America’s wars. Early on, he was captured and taken prisoner, and he spent the duration of the war in a POW camp.

    Later he received an honorable discharge from the military, but he never seemed too far removed from those three years he spent in that prison camp.