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Today's Opinions

  • Fiesta de la Hispanidad

    The 20th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place in Ilfeld Auditorium on Friday, March 28 with doors opening at 6. Admission is $5. Advance tickets will be sold beginning March 24 with Donna Martínez at the KEDP radio station across the street from Ilfeld or at the door the night of the performance. The Fiesta de La Hispanidad thanks New Mexico Highlands University President Jim Fries, Las Vegas Community 1st Bank and the NMHU Foundation for their sponsorship. For more information, call 454-0438 or 454-3238..

    Sara Harris
    Las Vegas
     

  • Bulldog needed on City Council

    The recent shenanigans surrounding the hiring of Ann Marie Gallegos are just an example of how the gang at City Hall has been operating. They deliberately altered the Council’s published agenda online in a brazen attempt to circumvent the state’s Open Meetings Act so that they could weasel in a rightfully controversial and potentially unpopular appointee to a sensitive position with minimal public input. When they were caught in the act, rather than standing down, they hid behind the bought benediction of a local attorney and continued with the appointment anyway.

  • Mil gracias - March 14, 2014

    Because of the dedicated readers of Las Vegas and surrounding communities, the Las Vegas branch of the AAUW was able to hold another successful used book sale, this year at the Sala de Madrid. Thank you. Thanks also, to the Optic, especially Art Trujillo and Mercy Lopez, for the informative coverage, to Margaret Gonzales at Highlands for her assistance and to Highlands University for the use of the Sala during the two-day sale, and to UWC-USA for storage space at U-7.

  • Too much overtime

    The amounts are shocking. More than $9,600 of overtime for one Las Vegas City Schools employee. Another $7,300 in overtime for another district employee.

    Seven city schools employees have received a total of $30,858 in overtime between July 1 and Jan. 29. The district’s total overtime spending for the current fiscal year was just over $41,000.

    So what’s wrong with that? you may be asking. A lot.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 12, 2014
  • Work of Art - They played ‘oompah’ style

    Only a few weeks ago, I wrote a column titled, “Your computer is toast.” It described my elation over having gotten a genuine computer to help me teach journalism classes at Highlands.

    I wrote about inviting my then-Highlands student son, Adam Stan to my office to show off the new arrival. He assures me to this day — about 30 years later — that he meant no disrespect in likening my new acquisition to a slice of soggy toast. And he assured me of his sincerity by giving me his own tour of much more up-to-date hardware in the lab he used.

  • More finger pointing

    It’s ironic that a spokesman for the state Human Services Department is crying foul over an audit commissioned by the state auditor’s office that casts the department in a bad light. Ironic because just eight months ago it was the Human Services Department using an audit that it commissioned to drag 15 behavioral health providers through the mud, effectively accusing those New Mexico businesses of fraud and other misdeeds.

  • Another Perspective - Complex ready to move forward

    By Paula Garcia

    For the Optic

    After years of diligence and teamwork, the Mora County Complex will be on its way toward completion in the coming weeks. The final pieces of a delicate puzzle of funding and partnerships have come together with the anticipated signature of Gov. Susana Martinez on the final $245,000 of Capital Outlay funding passed by the 2014 legislature.