Today's Opinions

  • Just a Thought - A special thank you to mom, dad

    By Rick Kraft

    As the holiday season approaches, we all have so much to be thankful for. At the top of the list is family. What a blessing it is to be able to spend time with family members.

    Between my wife, my children, my brother and sisters, my wife’s parents, and my extended family including in-laws, aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces, I am most fortunate to be related to the entire clan. But in today’s column I want to share my thankfulness for my parents.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 22, 2013


  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 22, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: The Highlands revolution of 1970

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    The decennium between 1965 and 1975, as already noted, was a time of great change in Las Vegas, and even our tale of two cities culminated with consolidation in 1970. In the same year, the ever-spinning wheels of change also overtook Highlands University, and we now begin the stirring tale of the titanic struggle that occurred at Highlands 43 years ago.

  • Mil Gracias - Nov. 22, 2013

    The Las Vegas Police Department would like to thank the following local merchants who generously donated candy that was given out to numerous children for Halloween.
     The following Merchants donated:

    • Lowes Super Save on Mills Avenue (manager Ron Martinez)
    •. Lowes Super Save on Seventh Street (manager Michael Gonzales)
    • Walgreens on Mills Avenue (Keith Druyor, district manager)
    • Las Vegas Police Officers Association

    Christian Montaño
    Las Vegas Police Chief

  • Christ is still very much alive

    This is in response to Mr. Frank Torres’ letter, “Christmas Cookies.”

    I agree with Mr. Torres about the commercialization of Christmas. It has gotten so bad, that Christmas decorations are on sale before Halloween. Many people have forgotten what Christmas is all about — the birth of our lord, Jesus Christ. The detail has been lost somewhere in the shuffle.

  • Let’s stand with Mora County

    Some native Americans decided what actions to take, or not take, by considering the effect of such action on the seventh generation down the line. They looked to the future and wanted what was best for their grandchildren’s grandchildren.

    They looked to future generations and did not just care about themselves.

    There is an old saying: The mark of a wise man is that he can look to the future and know what is most likely to occur. So, if fracking were to happen, what is most likely to occur?

  • Dulcey Amargo - Country lost its innocence

    It was beyond belief! It happened 50 years ago, Nov. 22, 1963, but in my mind, the images are as vivid as though it happened just yesterday.

    It was lunch hour at Sacred Heart Cathedral High School, a closed campus parochial school in Gallup, and the whole student body was assembled in the gym/cafeteria. As was our mode, all females sat at the south end tables, while the males sat across the gym floor at their stations. Our teachers, mostly Franciscan nuns and priests, circulated as we unpacked our lunch or brought our cafeteria trays to the tables where we socialized.