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Today's Opinions

  • 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.”

  • Nuestra Historia -

    By Jesus Lopez

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Optic on Feb. 26, 2011.

    It has been two months since our first column, and many Optic readers have contacted us with questions and comments. One continuing question is why Las Vegas and New Mexico history is alternately referred to as Spanish and Mexican.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 9, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Gazette on budding energy initiatives (May 2):

    Extreme environmental activists would inadvertently cost Colorado tens of thousands of jobs and destroy the economy. They are circulating petitions to put 12 questions on the November ballot that would each amend the Colorado Constitution in a manner to erode private property rights and the ability of businesses to survive.

  • The rising cost of tuition

    University students throughout New Mexico have been hit with substantial tuition increases over the last several years as the amount of money the state spends per university student has dropped.

    It’s a troubling trend highlighted by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, according to a recent story in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 7, 2014
  • Work of Art: Let’s hear it for maturity

    The standard for survival in college is “two hours of study and preparation for every hour in class.” Go figure: You enter college as a full-time student, signing up for five courses totaling 15 credits. The credits, or units,  correspond neatly to the number of hours of class time each course requires.

    And to be successful, one ought to devote twice as much time preparing and studying as time spent in an actual class.

  • Give Grande, Las Vegas

    Nonprofit organizations play such a vital role in every community throughout this nation. In some instances they serve as a safety net, engaging in such activities as providing meals to the hungry and shelters for the homeless. In other instances, they serve as advocates for important causes like revitalizing a city’s downtown district and helping out troubled or abused kids.

    In almost every instance, they enrich our communities.