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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias

    Luna Community College would like to show its gratitude for the fourth annual Custom Car Show & Shine that we co-sponsored.

  • Boomers, race and Vietnam

    Two issues have always haunted Baby Boomers: Vietnam and race. And while significant process has been made on the issue of race, the nation is still arguing over the lessons of the Vietnam War.

    That’s why Barack Obama has a chance to win the presidency even as the nation continues to debate the definition of patriotism.

  • Typing bell means coffee break

    Lately, we’ve seen photos of gleeful students being awarded personal laptop computers: the reward for completing a course, program or workshop.

    The prize, to be sure, is not really a freebie; students need to complete some course of study; nor is the windfall restricted to this area, as schools have for years lured students by offering them free computers.

  • 92 kazoos

    I recently returned from the best funeral I have ever attended. There was seating for 300 and at least another 100 stood in a companionable horseshoe around the edge of the rows of chairs. No minister presided but friends and family, a whole stable of wonderfully spiritual people, took their moments at the microphone, triggering not only tears but also laughter as they remembered the man we were all there to eulogize.

  • Don't forget the victim

    There’s been several write-ups in the Optic in recent months about a young man, Karl Chamberlain, who was recently executed in Texas.

    Most of what has been written, has been in my view, to evoke sympathy for Chamberlain. Comparatively little has been written about the crime, the victim, or her family. It almost seems they have been forgotten.

  • Thumbs - Our high-country lowdown on the news

    VIVAN LA FIESTAS! It’s been a part of Las Vegas for six scores — 120 straight years of celebration the region’s heritage. And it’s in full force today, so grab your folding chairs and head on down to the Plaza for lots of Spanish song and dance, Southwest sun, and maybe a monsoon shower or two. And don’t forget the city fireworks show tonight.

    Enjoy this Fourth of July holiday, everyone — Las Vegas style!

  • Keep officials in the loop

    It’s no secret the Las Vegas City Council has its divisions. Mayor Tony Marquez has two staunch allies, Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman, while the opposition consists of Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal.

    While many governing bodies prefer to discuss their differences outside public meetings, the City Council historically has carried out many debates in public. And that’s a good thing. After all, aren’t citizens entitled to learn about the pros and cons of issues during spirited public discussions?

  • National UFO coverage

    SANTA FE — Watch for New Mexico on TV this week. CW Network’s “The Daily Buzz” taped five segments around the state last month and is showing them every day this week around 7 a.m.

    The segments were taped in Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and White Sands National Monument. In addition, on Friday, July 4, “The Daily Buzz” will broadcast live from the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center during the UFO Festival.