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Today's Opinions

  • It’s religion, not science

    This letter is in response to the “View on abortion based on science” letter (by Frank Splendoria) in the Aug. 9 issue of the Optic.

    I agree with you that we should look at abortion and the continuum of life scientifically.

    Scientifically… the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health reports that 15-20 percent of women who know they are pregnant have spontaneous abortions (miscarriages — with no medical intervention).

  • Writer shares memories of Cargo

    My father, Ernie Olivas, loved politics. I was saddened and crestfallen to hear of the death of former New Mexico Governor David Cargo. He was a good friend of my father’s.

  • People need to say ‘enough is enough’

    When are we as a community going to say enough is enough. Las Vegas has, in the last (few) months, not lost just one, but two primary care physicians. Not to mention the number of specialists who have moved through the revolving door called Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Community Health Systems is a Tennessee-based company (that) has no interest in Las Vegas and its people unless it is included in the profit numbers and the bottom line.

  • Mil Gracias - Aug. 23, 2013

    The San Miguel County DWI Preventing Education Program would like to express our gratitude to the following businesses for your generosity in contributing to our Community Prevention Education efforts: Southwest Capital Bank; State Employees Credit Union; LV/SM Chamber of Commerce; LV/SM Economic Development Corporation; Wells Fargo; Community 1st Bank and Expert Auto Detailers.

  • Unemployed deserve better

    Workers throughout the state pay into a workers compensation fund so that, in the unfortunate event that they end up losing their jobs, they will have an unemployment check to fall back on.

    It’s one of those safety net programs critical for a society because it helps people who are down on their luck to continue buying groceries for their families and paying the rent while they search for new jobs.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 21, 2013
  • Work of Art — Two eyebrows way up

    It’s about a subtle facial expression, sometimes barely perceptible, but we all know it’s there. And it’s potent.
    I’m referring to the raised-eyebrow syndrome that seems to have afflicted the Trujillo household. I’ll explain through the following narration:

  • Merger merits consideration

    Sen. John Arthur Smith is asking the state Higher Education Department to study whether it makes sense to merge New Mexico Highlands University with Luna Community College, and in our view, such a study would be worthwhile.

    Yes, a merger would be complicated, as pointed out by Highlands President Jim Fries. But on the surface, at least, there would seem to be some significant benefits to moving in that direction.