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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Time to 'tutear'

    Last week’s column on the use of “tú” and “usted” taught me a word that I would have thought of purely as slang, something conjured up for the nonce, for lack of the precise word, like when we use “typiar” as Spanish for “to type.”

    We invent words. We give them the familiar Spanish verb ending and sometimes get by. To “wreckear” un carro is common, and to “watchar” one’s back has become a language staple for many.

  • 1st Amendment is trump card

    It doesn’t take much for the government to violate people’s constitutional rights. That’s why Americans have to be ever-vigilant to prevent this from happening.

    We in the media have a special responsibility to fight this cause, given that our whole industry depends on the First Amendment.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of the children at La Plaza Little League, we would like to extend a big thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers in helping us make the 2010 season a great success and a memorable one for our young athletes. See you next year!

  • Eliminating an eyesore

    Many of us, when we get on Interstate 25, take the south or north exits. We don’t usually drive on I-25 through town.

    But many others who pass through out town do, and they’ve been getting a bad impression because of a growing junkyard on the highway’s west side.

  • Letter: Operation lacks professionalism

    A Fiesta subsidized by $100,000 in city services is a good thing for the city. It fills the motels and restaurants with happy visitors to our fair city and is a significant economic stimulus. This is money well spent.

    The lack of professionalism in the operation of the existing entity responsible for its production is unacceptable. This group has shown its “true colors” and must be replaced.

  • Letter: Wind farm could bring jobs, money

     I am a local, who couldn’t find a job in San Miguel County and was forced to move away in search of work. Countless generations before me have made this same decision because politicians refuse to bring growth to San Miguel County. This is an example.

  • Letter: Great experience in camp setting

    What a fabulous treasure and blessing the Las Vegas area has in the Western Life Camp in Gallinas Canyon, and the owners, the Mel Root family. Last week the entire Menaul School community — teachers, students and brave parents -- camped, hiked, prayed, and played in the grass beneath the ponderosas of the mountains.

  • Letter: Criticism of council, Optic

    It is one sorry state of affairs when citizens may not criticize specific people. Who placed our elected representatives so high above us taxpaying citizens? Our representatives may not be mentioned in grievances? Why the double standard? How did our City Council come up with this policy?

    It sounds like something out of George Orwell’s “1984”!