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Today's Opinions

  • Publisher's Note: Ignoring problems

    America is a leader on the world stage. Sometimes. Other times, we just won’t budge.

    Here are three issues we refuse to address, even though we give plenty of lip-service to each:

    1. We fool ourselves into thinking that because we have the greatest health care system for those who can afford it, we must have the greatest health care — even though thousands upon thousands of people regularly fall through the cracks.

  • Maternal health is a human right

    Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman — most likely living in poverty — dies giving birth. That’s almost 1,000 women every day; more than 350,000 women each year. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable.  

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! GOOD DEAL ON EFFLUENT WATER. Responding to criticism that the city was able to protect its landscaping investment but wasn’t letting residents do the same in their yards, Las Vegas city officials sought and obtained state Environment Department permission to allow citizens to purchase and use treated wastewater. The price is great — just a buck and a quarter for a thousand gallons — but the catch, for many people, is in how to get it home and store it until used.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 3, 2011
  • Another Perspective: Addressing domestic abuse

    “Prominent resident beaten to death.”       

     “Prominent” was the word that stood out to me reading this headline in the April 6 edition of the Las Vegas Optic. The second jolt was a photo of Sherry Anne Clancy, a woman I knew.  

  • Nuestra Historia - El Distrito de las Escuelas: The Sisters of Loretto

    An organized system of formal education in New Mexico was non-existent until the late 1800s. In fact, when Gov. Albino Pérez proposed a tax levy in 1837 to help fund a system of public education, he was more than just rebuffed — he was beheaded.

  • Orgullo del Norte - The train and the first movemento of El Norte

    “History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • 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.