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Today's Opinions

  • Negotiation is best way to go

    As one of the negotiators for the acequias in the matter of the remand, I want to thank the Optic for the editorial of March 23. As you wrote, negotiations will produce a much better result than any ruling by the courts. If the courts rule in favor of either the city or the acequias, the community will lose. This is because the courts are not interested in writing a sharing agreement that meets the needs of our community.

  • Two issues that show ineptitude

    Over the past year I have resisted the temptation to complain about local governmental events affecting Las Vegas citizens but now I am angry.  Two items have recently shown the ineptitude of appointed and elected officials.  

    The first is the absence of audits in the East Las Vegas school system. This is not just an oversight, it was done on purpose. It is illegal and someone should be held accountable, not just reprimanded or fired.

  • We’re burned by ‘growth’

    Remember when little ole Las Vegas was a sleepy little town — catorriando, but ever-ready to help. In my travels, I have seen “growth” and purported fiscal conservatism, which turned out to be hubris and greed.

    I returned to the place of my birth to find “growth” to be infecting my hometown. Never mind that our life-blood, water, cannot support anymore consumers/annexations.

  • Nuestra Historia - Don Miguel arrives, a dynasty is born

    For almost seven decades beginning in the 1860s, one family would dominate the social, financial and political landscape of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.  Their influence would be felt throughout  New Mexico, and would not end until the late 1920s.

    The sons of this Las Vegas dynasty would represent territorial New Mexico in Congress, and help ensure that New Mexico was admitted to the Union.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - The art of covering up history

    “If you tremble indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”
    -- Ernesto “Che” Guevara

    When the Spanish conquerors of Mexico burned all the Aztec books, they were eradicating a people’s history. When the American government sent young natives to Indian schools for assimilation, they were eradicating a people’s history.

    By the same token, when you paint over a social, political, or cultural mural, you are eradicating a people’s history.

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Associated Press

    The New York Times, March 29, on President Obama’s explanation for military involvement in Libya:

    President Barack Obama made the right, albeit belated, decision to join with allies and try to stop Moammar Gadhafi from slaughtering thousands of Libyans. But he has been far too slow to explain that decision, or his long-term strategy, to Congress and the American people.

  • Paying for city water

    Harry S. Truman once said, “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” That might apply to Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s declaration that the city may have to jack up its water rates to pay for the necessities of its system.

    Here are some hard truths:

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 30, 2011