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Today's Opinions

  • Doing away with cruelty to dogs

    Dogs are not lawn ornaments. Thank you for realizing that, Las Vegas! I was so proud of this city and its people when Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, Andy Feldman and City Council members, Martina Holguin, Angela Stell, and the concerned citizens of Las Vegas came together in support of an anti-tethering ordinance, thereby banning dogs being chained 24 hours, seven days a week.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - March 9, 2012

    THUMBS UP! DECISIONS MADE, RUNOFF BOUND. Some people seem frustrated with the fact that two of the three municipal races haven’t been decided yet, thanks to the new runoff system in place. But it’s the only way to select our next mayor and Ward 3 councilor by majority votes. We think it will be worth the wait.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 9, 2012
  • ‘Rights’ ordinance full of problems

    As the Las Vegas City Council is proposing the adoption of a “community rights” ordinance (Ordinance No. 12-06), some questions are in order.

    All elected officials in New Mexico take an oath to support the United States Constitution and the Constitution and laws of the state of New Mexico.

    Sections 5.5 and 5.6 of the proposed ordinance specifically annul the federal and state constitutional rights of certain entities and individuals.  

  • Birth control the moral choice

    Rush Limbaugh thinks women who use birth control are sluts.

    Americans think that women and their families who use birth control are moral. In today’s world, families must plan for the number of children they can love and care for emotionally and financially. American families now have between two and three children on the average. These women and their families are the moral ones.

  • Parks’ trees unsafe, unsightly

    I was very disheartened to read about the efforts of well-meaning people and our mayor to clean up the terrible looking and dangerous trees in our parks.

    Worse yet, threatening to be sued. I’d advise that person now that that will gain nothing. The town is doing its rightful duty to eliminate a public nuisance.  

    I have been in two of the parks on various outings and have noticed what bad shape some of the trees are in. It is scary to stand beneath ones that have broken limbs, bark peeling and limbs with no leaves in growth season. 

  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico by any other name — Arizona?

    By Jesus Lopez

    Even New Mexico’s name was offensive to Washington, and during the long quest for statehood, several attempts were made to change her age-old identity.

    As early as 1869, a Congressional bill proposing statehood required that New Mexico’s name be changed to Lincoln. In 1888, New Mexico’s admission was proposed in Congress under the name Montezuma. Even these attempts at statehood having failed, a name change was never actually required —  until 1906.

  • Community Water Report - Protecting our water future

    By Bob Weesely

    Water supply is certainly the primary obstacle to Las Vegas’ economic growth and economic health.

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board, an all-volunteer organization, has been closely tracking the city’s water operations. In light of the political rhetoric over the past several weeks, we decided to report the facts about the city’s water behavior, as we see them.  

    In this two-part Optic series, we’ll describe the city actions to-date, and indicate what good each of the nearly two dozen actions will do.