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Today's Opinions

  • Improving education

    According to a new study by the National Education Association, New Mexico ranked 20th among states last year in total per-student education spending.

    Factoring in federal, state and local funds, New Mexico spent $11,019 per K-12 student, $81 more than the national average, the Albuquerque Journal recently reported.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 14, 2014
  • Work of Art: ‘Please speak English’

    A dabbler in languages, I came across a book titled Les Bon Mots. I found it at the latest AAUW book sale, where early birds can get some amazing stuff at a good price.

    The book is a guide to hundreds of French words guaranteed to make people sound oh-so learned. As interested as I am in English, Spanish, French and German, I fear that decades from now many of the lesser-spoken languages, including a host of Indian tongues, will have vanished to make room for English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 12, 2014
  • Vets deserve better

    The men and women who have fought for our country deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We, as a nation, owe them at least that much given the tremendous sacrifices they have made for us and for our country.

    That’s why the allegations being made about veteran hospitals in Phoenix and perhaps elsewhere are so troubling.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Small-town theaters struggle to keep up with digital filmmaking

    Most small-town county seats have them — once attractive single-screen movie theaters, with a 35mm projector room in the balcony and a neon-lighted marquee outside. Once upon a time they were entertainment centerpieces in their communities, and in some instances they still are.

    A lot of them are long gone, having succumbed to competition from multiplexes and home entertainment centers.

    Others, however, have held on and continue to show first-run movies to small-town audiences fortunate enough to still have a local theater.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - may 9, 2014

    GIVE GRANDE EVENT RAISED $853,000
    Congratulations to the Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico for raising $853,001.94 from 7,799 donors through its inaugural Give Grande New Mexico campaign. Among the 409 nonprofits receiving donations during this 24-hour online fundraising event were several from San Miguel and Mora counties. Indeed, MainStreet de Las Vegas raised $10,055 through the campaign. It came in 14th on the list of top fundraisers.

    NATIVE AMONG TORNADO VICTIMS

  • Letters to the Editor

    Acequia system must be preserved
    In “Another Perspective: Acequias Important to Area,” (Las Vegas Optic, May 5), writer Ray Gallegos clearly articulates the necessity of preserving and maintaining the acequia system within our community. We believe that it is vitally important to support and maintain the “agricultural subsistence farming segment of our population.”