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Today's Opinions

  • In a sense, we're all conformists

    When I was in seventh grade, my social studies teacher told my class that we cared too much about the brand names on our jeans. He said kids looked down on those who wore cheaper versions such as Plain Pockets.

    As it turned out, I was wearing Plain Pockets that day. I sank in my chair.

    But my teacher wasn't singling me out, as I feared. I noticed later that he wore Plain Pockets corduroys.

    Many like to say that they are non-conformists. But when it comes to standards of dress, nearly everyone likes to blend in.

  • Editorial: A plus for Las Vegas

    Today, Highlands University officials will cut the ribbon for its new dorms. The truth is that the residence hall has been done for weeks; this ceremony is, of course, merely a formality.

    This was the biggest construction project in Las Vegas since Alta Vista Regional Hospital was built five years ago. And it’s a sign of the times for Highlands.

  • Editorial: Thumbs

    Thumb UP for ... AN ECONOMIC BOOSTER. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally has only been around for four years, but it’s already become one of the state’s major biker events. Authorities estimate that some 3,500 motorcyclists showed up in the Meadow City — whatever way you cut it, that’s a shot in the arm for the local economy.

    The organizers of the event deserve kudos for their hard work all year long to produce an event that puts the town on the biker map.

  • Letter: Online posting was totally false

    Regarding the online Reader Comments under editorial Thumbs in the July 24 edition of the Optic, one of the statements was totally false. Mr. [Alexander] Milliken has made three separate purchases in the Ojitos Frios area in the past nine years. One was brokered by Margo Cutler Real Estate on was brokered by Michael Gregory Real Estate and the third was a private sale. Home and Land professionals LLC and Barbara Feldman have not had a role in any of the transaction involving Mr. Milliken.

  • Column: We have drank a lot

    As a lesson in semantics, I once quizzed my advanced students at Cuba High School, decades ago, on all the synonyms one can find for whatever right-minded people think of as objectionable.

    What about the word “drunk”? How many words did my honors students conjure up for the condition indicating one is “three sheets to the wind”? But by using even that expression, well, that shows how my heritage antedated Columbus.

  • Letter: Support for Repower America

    We need to revolutionize New Mexico into taking more responsibility for the condition of our environment, create jobs and create energy independence for America. Green Energy Housing wants to urge our community to support Repower America in their efforts to build jobs, create energy independence and reduce environmental pollution.

    Green Energy Housing LLC has been planning with the town of Taos projects that will create jobs, reduce carbon emissions, increase alternative energy to the electric grid and build homes and businesses that are green and energy efficient.

  • Letter: Need to really manage our waste

    What will it take to bring Las Vegas’ waste management into the 21st century?

  • Editorial: A good choice for Robertson

    The Las Vegas City Schools district made a good decision in hiring Eddie King as principal of Robertson High School. He fills an important role.

    King’s selection was the result of a process that involved administrators, teachers, parents and students.

    He started as an English and Spanish teacher with Memorial Middle School in 1981 and moved on to a similar position at Robertson High School in 1998. He has been Robertson’s assistant principal since 2007.