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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias

    A trip of a lifetime for Valley Middle School, West Las Vegas Middle School and High School students was made possible by numerous supporters. The students traveled to our nation’s capital Washington D.C. in May. They attended the Business Professionals of America National Conference for nearly a week. At the conference, the students’ excelled in their respective BPA events and came home with numerous awards. The West Las Vegas Middle School placed second in the nation in a field of 180 schools.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FIESTAS! It starts tonight, with the Mass and reinas coronation, then tomorrow begin  three full days of music, dance, fun and games. It’s time for Las Vegas’ 123rd fiestas!

    Here are some suggestions on what not to miss:

    • The music. All day, for three days, until Plaza Park closes Monday afternoon. Headliners this year include Gonzalo and Jerry Dean on Saturday, Al Hurricane and Sorela on Sunday; and El Gringo and Darren Cordova y Calor on Monday.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 1, 2011
  • Questions about legal system

    A recent Optic article has left me with questions. It concerns a local mother and her 2-year-old and 8-month-old children who were separated from her while traveling from Portugal. She has been detained in Tennessee and her children were taken from the safety of their mother in what appears a very unprofessional and scary manner.

  • Understanding why mother ran

    As a father, I understand completely why Rebecca Montoya had to flee to protect her children. As a parent if you don’t protect your children, who will? In my opinion, custody should have never been granted to Tomas Lucero just because he is a state police officer.

  • Walmart should be responsible

    I am glad to see the city take the realistic step of canceling the fireworks show this year, due to fire danger.

    And I’m glad to hear (second hand) that Walmart is ceasing its sale of fireworks, as of Thursday. Better late than never!

    I hope all Las Vegans, even those who consider themselves careful and responsible, will save their fireworks for next year — hoping next year is not such tinderbox conditions for accidental fires.

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas
     

  • St. Isidore and prayer

    I recall growing up where culture, traditions and faith worked hand in hand. Most of the people in the Mora Valley back in the ‘30s and ‘40s made their living off their crops.
    They had what they called the dry years, and the wet years. During the dry years people would take the statue of St. Isidore and parade him through the fields and the people would be blessed with rain.

  • Nuestra Historia - Fiestas!

    Since Las Vegas was founded in 1835, fiestas have been celebrated at the Old Town Plaza, but a Fourth of July celebration did not begin until 1882.

    Before then, grand celebrations were held on the Plaza for traditional Hispanic religious funciones on July 25 and 26, los días de Santiago y Santa Ana (St. James the Greater, patron saint of Spain, and St. Anne, patron saint of mothers and family). These religious feast days have been celebrated by the Hispanic community for centuries, and are still commemorated throughout New Mexico.