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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: 'Tiger' in Obama now endangered

    Parents should pay more attention to their children; they really should. Children have a habit of saying inconvenient truths aloud that we adults prefer to keep buried. It is an endearing trait.

    The First Lady recently told a charming little story about how 11-year-old Malia Obama is continually pestering her father to save endangered tigers. One interpretation of that story is that she means the physical tigers, presumably animals in an exotic place like Sumatra.

  • Letter: Residents only for task force

    On April 13 the commissioners for San Miguel County voted on the membership of a task force to update the county rules on oil and gas drilling. This should be of concern to everyone in our community as how and where drilling takes place in the county could have serious impact on our land, our water, and even our culture. The techniques and chemicals used can be quite dangerous.

  • Work of Art: Is there an ugliness quotient?

    As a way of giving back to Highlands University, my alma mater, I decided to pick up a newly minted license plate that bears the letters “HU,” with the message, “Go Cowboys” on an attractive white-on-purple field.

    The plates became available this week at the local motor vehicle office, for a slightly higher fee than regular plates, Highlands receiving part of those fees. The trip to the MVD, while time-consuming, went surprisingly smoothly, considering it was also time to renew my driver’s license, which expires next month, after eight years.

  • Editorial: Great talent, blunt talk

    Arnell David Arellanes is one of Las Vegas’ good educators. He’s a man of substance, as was made clear in an Optic article last week. In an interview about his impending departure, his words were both pointed and challenging in a number of ways.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The organizers of the Las Vegas Seed Exchange give heartfelt thanks to the many generous people who made the event a success.

    Organizers estimate that between 120 and 200  people attended.

  • As It Is: An issue of residency

    Politicians should get credit when it’s deserved. I thank County Commissioner June Garcia and her husband, LeRoy Garcia, because I’ll be getting a reduction in property taxes the next time around.

    Last week, I filed for a head-of-house exemption, which deducts $2,000 from the taxable value of a house. You can use such a tax break only for your primary residence. It’ll mean about a $50 reduction in my taxes next year.

  • Letter: April is Counseling Awareness Month

    I am writing to you and the readers of the Optic today to let you know that April is Counseling Awareness Month!

    Were you aware that:

    • There are more than 600,000 professional counselors working in educational, mental health, community agency, private practice and other related human service settings all across the nation — with many of us right here in Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

    • Professional counselors work with human growth and development issues and problems of people at all life stages, from childhood through the senior years.

  • Editorial: Slippery explanations

    Our elected officials are required to live in the districts they represent. So it’s fair game to ask candidates for office about their residency.

    Voters can now reasonably wonder if District 1 San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia lives here or in Sandoval County, which is two hours down the road.

    When a reporter called Garcia last week about these issues, she didn’t return the message. Instead, she had her husband and predecessor on the board, LeRoy Garcia, answer our reporter’s inquiries.