Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor - June 26, 2015

    Alta Vista needs to keep good doctors

    This letter is in reference to the article in the Optic about Alta Vista Hospital’s staffing shortage.

    I recently had a follow-up with my Ob/Gyn doctor, and I was very disheartened to learn from my doctor that he would no longer be in Las Vegas, working with Alta Vista Hospital due to the fact that the hospital had refused to renew his contract.

    My question to you, Mrs. Leyba of Alta Vista Hospital, is why do you refuse to renew contracts to the doctors that care for their patients?

  • Just a Thought - The consequences of the ‘What if’ game

    By Rick Kraft

    I heard a speaker once say that we are always at one of three locations in our lives: we are either entering a storm, in the middle of a storm, or leaving a storm. There will always be storms in our lives. In each of our lives we do have sunny days, but are they the rule or the exception in your life?

  • Editorial Roundup - June 26, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Watertown Daily Times on the 130th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty’s delivery (June 19):

    For someone who’s 130 years old, the Statue of Liberty is looking pretty good these days.
    The iconic symbol of freedom was delivered to the United States through New York Harbor on June 17, 1885. It took more than a year for the pedestal to be completed, and the statue was reassembled and presented to the public Oct. 28, 1886.

  • Valley folk proud of recipes, willing to share traditions

    My readers already know that I have boxes and boxes of old papers of various sorts, including recipes from long ago. This is an inherited gene, I’m sure, because my mother did the same thing
    It is no surprise when I open up yet another stored box of these papers to find the Friday, June 1, Chicago Tribune, section 1-A page begging to be read once again. Mother obviously tore this page out and its title is:  “From New Mexico: Foods With a Heritage.” This was the Tribune’s weekly  illustrated food guide with recipes, menus and ideas.

  • Editorial cartoon - June 24, 2015
  • Monsters among us

    The shooting last Wednesday at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is a startling reminder that monsters do indeed exist.

    Parishioners were taking part in a Bible study class at the church when a young, white man walked through the door and joined them.

    About an hour later, the man pulled out a .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol with a laser light and began shooting while uttering racist rants.

  • Work of Art: Ring missing 55 years

    A few decades ago, when the late broadcaster Paul Harvey used to provide “The Rest of the Story,” he told about a well-to-do couple who’d given each other expensive wedding rings, engraved, with names and dates, before taking a trans-Atlantic cruise on a luxury liner.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 19, 2015