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Today's Opinions

  • Drones are tools, not toys

    The following editorial was published in the Los Angeles Times on May 24:

    What is a drone? Is it just a new version of the model aircraft that decades of schoolchildren have flown in their backyards and parks with little harm to people or property? Or is it a far more dangerous, often much more substantial, piece of machinery that can fly thousands of feet in the air, requires little or no training to get off the ground and can cause serious damage?

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 28, 2017
  • Straight from the City: City and county collaborate on many topics

    The city of Las Vegas and the County of San Miguel recently met in a two-day public symposium to strategize in a way that some participants said was a historic first.

    Arthur Padilla, the longest-serving County Commissioner in New Mexico, said he had never seen the city and county join hands like this to work towards solutions to our common problems.

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón agreed.

  • Just a Thought: What happens in the exchange zone?

    By Rick Kraft

    It is what happens in the exchange zone that counts. We hold the baton we run with for such a short period of time. We receive it from another, carry it for a while, and then hand off to the one who follows.

    In track and field competitions, there are team relay events whose goal is for a team of runners to cover the course as quickly as possible, carrying a baton from the starting line to the finish line. Because the race is a team event, how well you finish the race depends on the actions of others.

  • Tesla has enough value to buy out Ford Motor Co.

    The following editorial was published in the Chicago Tribune on May 22:

    Tesla, the electric vehicle startup, did something remarkable last month: It surpassed Ford and GM to become the country’s most valuable car company based on market capitalization.

    Want to acquire Tesla? It would cost a cool $50 billion. GM’s worth a tad less. Ford’s value is about $45 billion.

    Monday, not coincidentally, Ford ousted its CEO, frustrated with the company’s mediocre progress at reinvention in the high-tech era.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 28, 2017

    Patios encouraged
    I read Optic’s May 14-16 cover article on “Borrachos patio plan” with much concern. It was difficult to understand why a newer woman-owned business was told that they could not open up a sidewalk patio, when a number of other restaurants and lounges have similar summer venues in the Historic District. For a small city, there are already great choices for food and drink, and here’s a welcome addition!

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - May 26, 2017

    THUMBS UP! WORTH THE PRICE

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 26, 2017