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Today's Opinions

  • Accept the contract

    The city of Las Vegas should be commended for its proposed contract with the Fiesta Council, which organizes the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas.


    The agreement would only last through July 15, a couple of weeks after the 2011 Fiestas. The city would provide the council with enhanced oversight because of the group’s many problems recently. Hopefully, it’s only a temporary arrangement.

  • Work of Art: Let’s go sling some mud

    Last week I wrote a column about my perception that children with greater financial means appeared to receive more leeway in elementary school. As a student of a private, Catholic school, Immaculate Conception, in Las Vegas, I generally felt treated well and respected.

  • Our take on amendments

    On Nov. 2, voters will decide on five proposed state constitutional amendments. Here are our opinions on them:

  • As It Is: How to get things done

    Las Vegas is a spirited town, and we certainly have our fair share of activists.


    Two local activists, Pat Leahan and Catherine Montaño, are good examples to show what to do and what not to do.


    Both women agree on most controversial local issues — oil and gas drilling, wind turbines, low-flying Air Force jets.


    But Leahan gets things done and Montaño doesn’t.

  • An explanation of Arts Council efforts

    In response to a recent letter to the Optic in the Oct. 1 edition: Art organizations and art projects in general have been run aground, unfortunately, in a rather roughshod manner. The Las Vegas Arts Council cannot speak for the artists’ master website or the Artists Directory as they are not our projects. As for the LVAC, in particular, misrepresentations abound.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs down

  • Putting Bond D to good use

    In addition to electing our next governor and other officials on Nov. 2, you will have the opportunity to vote on passage of various constitutional amendments and general obligation (GO) bonds that will have an important impact on our state as well.  


    If approved, Education Bond D will provide $155 million for capital improvements of higher education facilities across the state, including $12.1 million for New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College.  A list of all the projects may be found at www.educationinnewmexico.com.

  • Editorial, coverage appreciated

    Editorial, coverage appreciated

    The Editorial Board nailed it to the wall (in the Oct. 20 editorial)!

    I couldn’t agree more.

    Also, really nice job reporting on the forum last week. So many words, and yet you managed to summarize nicely and even-handedly.

    Thumbs up!

    Susie Tsyitee
    Las Vegas