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Today's Opinions

  • American dreamer

    This Optic editorial first appeared on Jan. 17, 2005.

    “... I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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  • Publisher’s Note: Flawed heritage

    I remember the day after Martin Luther King was killed just across the Mississippi River from my home-state of Arkansas. I was 11 years old and working for a man raking leaves, and I asked him what he thought about it.

    He said King got what he was asking for.

    And I remember years later, when I was applying for a job in Little Rock and the man interviewing me outlined the holidays I would get — the new King holiday was one, he said, but a lot of the employees preferred to celebrate it as the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday instead.

  • The will of the people

    Since the San Miguel County commissioners have not regarded the health and the will of the citizens, we citizens are now demanding that we have a vote according to Section 4-37-6NMSA1978Comp regarding “The Industrial Wind Ordinance.” Our county attorney, Jesus Lopez, who is paid by all us hardworking taxpayers to represent the best interests of the people, once again has sided with the corporation, special interests, or as he says, “non-applicant.” We the qualified electors of San Miguel County, have a legal remedy in taking this “Wind Facility Ordinance” to a special election for its adoption

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    BUDGET CUTS. The state Legislative Finance Committee has recommended, as a way to help offset a looming budget deficit, that state employees contribute more to their pension plan while the state reduces it payout by $50 million. It would result in a cut in take-home pay for state workers — and less in disposable income that they could be spending in our local economy. And Gov. Susana Martinez likes the idea.

  • To the Points: Cheers for WikiLeaks

    Thomas Jefferson once proffered that if he had to choose between an elected congress and a free media to ensure the preservation of democracy, he would roll the presses, every time. The present ballyhoo created by WikiLeaks supports Tom’s thinking and reminds us, once again, just how hard our government works to ensure that we, the citizens, don’t really know what’s happening to our national treasure and our aspirations to become an altruistic, even-handed, fair-thinking member of the global community.

  • The haves and the have-nots

    John Loehr's “To the Point” column in last Friday’s Optic incorrectly lumps the American Revolution with others that were true examples of the have-nots (very poor) rising up against the haves (very rich). Whether or not America may be heading in a similar direction is pure conjecture but it is wrong to state that our nation began that way.

    Pat Patrick
    Rociada

  • Support for strong cap

    I support the Environmental Improvement Board’s rulemaking efforts to protect my family and community from the consequences of carbon pollution. I know that by adopting a strong cap on carbon pollution, the board will be helping to prevent New Mexicans from developing asthma, protect my community’s drinking water, and provide new green jobs for hardworking New Mexicans.

    Leon Bustos
    Las Vegas

    Editor’s note: This note, in the form of a letter to the editor, was sent in by seven other Las Vegas residents.

  • Caring for the animals

    Paul McCartney reportedly said, “You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” If that’s the case, we as a community have plenty of room for improvement. It’s not uncommon to see stray dogs and cats wandering our streets, often abandoned or dumped by their owners, or seeing dogs living their lives bound to a chain while their owners ignore all but their most basic needs of food and water.

    But, overall, we are a compassionate community, and we know we can do better than that.