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Today's Opinions

  • WORK OF ART: Protocol, schmotocol

    Few things took precedence last week over the details of the visit by President Obama and the First Lady to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

    The economy, bailouts, the war in Afghanistan, the G20 Summit: All of these paled as talk-show hosts and columnists spent days purely pondering protocol.

  • EDITORIAL: A big step

    In recent months, the state engineer’s office has entered agreements with nearly all area acequias to install measuring stations to gauge the amount of water each community-operated ditch is using. This is a giant step for both the state and the acequias in the distribution of water from the Gallinas River.

    After all, it’s hard to equitably share the water if no one knows how much folks are using.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The members of the Manuel Sandoval family wish to thank all those who provided support and assistance following the recent death of our loved one.

    We thank Dr. G. Michael Lopez, Father C. John Brasher, Lorenzo Martinez, Soylo Martinez, Diane Martinez, Diego Trujillo, Michelle Manzanares, Michelle Velasquez, Alicia Padilla, Marilyn Romero, Bill Lindsey, the VFW Honor Guard, and the Alta Vista Hospital nursing staff.

    James Sandoval

    Las Vegas

  • LETTER: Trees need to be trimmed or removed

    I read the story on the Optic dated March 20 about the Acequia Madre, which I found very interesting.

    The story brought me back to my childhood when I went to school at the Sister of Loretto School on the corner of South Gonzales ad Moreno Street. I was 5 or 6 years old at the time. We used to play in the ditch with great pleasure.

  • COLUMN: No Rival, but wads of money

    A few days ago, one of our honorable state senators, Phil Griego, D-San Jose, was on the radio and he warned people about those in the merchant class in the Plaza area.

    He said they were newcomers and that they wanted to change Las Vegas into a Santa Fe or a Taos. (And he said the Optic was 90 percent wrong in its stories, but that’s a subject for another day.) Actually, newcomers make up a lot of the business owners in the Plaza area, but there are many natives who own shops there as well.

  • LETTER: A public thanks for fixing up the Ilfeld

    We would like to publicly thank Wid Slick of the Plaza Hotel for the outstanding job he has done with the new Ilfeld Building renovation. Not only is it a wonderful addition to Las Vegas and represents a huge infusion of time, effort and money into the community, it reflects the many unsung instances of generosity on Wid’s part to Las Vegas.

    Wid Slick has devoted endless hours to the promotion of our town and many kindnesses to locals are his trademarks.

  • EDITORIAL: Path is a good idea

    Over the years, the San Miguel County government has shown that it is forward-looking with its projects. For instance, a planned crusher operation is expected to cut the costs of maintaining roads. And a proposed transfer station with a railroad spur is expected to make the county’s solid waste operations more efficient.

    In the last few years, the county has completed a new courthouse and a public health office. This is real progress.

    Now, the county is planning a pedestrian-bicyclist path along Cinder Road. We wholeheartedly endorse this project.

  • LETTER: Don't give honor to a living person

    I read the Optic headlines wanting the new dorm at New Mexico Highlands University named after Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas. I applaud the regents for not wanting to name the dorm for a living person. There is one building or wing already.

    If you are going to name a building, name it for person who has passed on. Preferably an educator who was from the community and is remembered by many.

    My nomination would be Silas Lopez, NMHU alumnus, teacher, principal, superintendent. He served the community of Las Vegas for many years.

    Benito Duran