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Today's Opinions

  • Publisher’s Note: Enter a new year

    For six years, managing editor David Giuliani occupied this spot on this particular day. But now, dedicated readers of the Optic know, he’s gone. Off to a newspaper in Illinois, where I’m confident he’ll do well.

    Giuliani was the consummate journalist. During his time at the Optic, he reported on the good, bad and ugly of our community without hesitation. I’m convinced that this newspaper and our community is better because of his work and dedication.

  • Toward a just and peaceful world

    A dove and the word peace were featured in full color on the cover of our church program on a recent Sunday. It was the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. We remember that he said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”

  • Wanting stories about son Tony

    I would like to thank the citizens of Las Vegas for their calls and prayers during the passing of my son, Tony Marquez Jr. My son was very special to  a lot of people. I called him my “Golden Boy.” He was a good person taken too soon.

    A few people from Las Vegas have shared their stories of kindness that Tony showed to them. I am compiling these stories to put into a book to be given to Tony’s children. I am asking Las Vegas citizens to please send me stories about my son to the address below.

    Thank you and God bless you.

  • Year-end thumbs Our high country lowdown on 2010

    NO EASY ANSWERS. The year’s big story is, really, an old story, but with a new twist. An industry says it must impose certain standards on the community to succeed, and residents cry foul, saying the industry’s demands will have a negative impact on the their quality of life. The twist is, this time it’s a “clean” industry, seeking to convert wind into electricity, and residents are wanting more distance between their homes and the huge turbines that Invenergy wants to put on top of the Bernal Mesa.

  • Showing Mercy: Being who I am

    Who am I? That question lingered through my mind daily for years. I know I’m a partner, a daughter, an aunt, a granddaughter, a sister, a sister-in-law and a friend. But, really, who am I?

    I’m Hispanic, 5-foot-7, a woman, 31, a journalist by trade, a dreamer and I’m not stating my weight, unlike my colleague Art Trujillo. But more importantly, I happen to be in love with someone of the same sex. Yes, I am a lesbian and proud of who I am.

  • Fires fought by many brave souls

    Fire has a way of casting a light on the true nature of people.  Over the past week, those of us in the Sapello-Rociada Volunteer Fire Department’s district saw the courage and caring of many people, not only in our district but throughout San Miguel and Mora counties. Two separate fires, the La Canada wildland fire and the Apodaca residence fire, were beyond the capacity of our fire department.  What’s more, high winds destroyed our radio repeater not once but twice — both times almost simultaneously with the threat of fire.

  • Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank the person(s) responsible for the return of my grandmothers lost purse at Walmart on Nov. 23. We are very grateful for the honesty.

    I am a firm believer in karma and I hope you are returned the good deed in the future.
    Again, thank you.

    Marc Pacheco
    Las Vegas

  • Issues facing our schools

    It’s good to see a healthy field of challengers in the races for the East and West school board positions. The contests will ensure that some debate about the issues facing our schools in Las Vegas.