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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 2, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Witching for water

    I first heard about them in the Appalachia Mountain region of Eastern Kentucky — “diviners” they were called there. And last week, one of them — a native of Trujillo who now lives in Las Vegas, came to see me.

    Salvadore Higgins said he’s been “witching” for water since the late 1970s. His ability to find underground water veins by walking around with a wire in his hand must be a God-given talent, he said. And, indeed, there is no conclusive scientific explanation for what he does.

  • Where is the compassion?

    The Republican leadership wants the freedom not to tax the wealthy in such a fashion that they would contribute their fair share. They want the freedom for the rich to grow richer and the rest of us to grow poorer.

    The Republicans admit that they want to make big cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and other programs. The Republicans would not raise taxes on the rich.

    Where is the compassion? They do not see this as a moral issue. My God does not allow me to worship money.

    Henry L. Lujan
    Las Vegas
     

  • Mil Gracias - April 2, 2012

    The 18th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad took place on March 9 in Ilfeld Auditorium to a sold-out crowd despite the wintery weather.  In my estimation, it was, as in years past, a tremendous success, thanks to each of the performers who were applauded by a respectful and appreciative audience. Once again, we were all treated to the talent, passion and effort invested by each performer.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

    WELL DESERVED, AND A GOOD SIGN. New Mexico Highlands University employees who haven’t seen a pay raise since the fall of 2009 will get bonuses next month. On Monday, regents approved a proposal by President Jim Fries to give full-time employees who have been with the university prior to the first of this year a one-time $500 bonuses in April. Regular part-time employees will be given pro-rated bonuses.

  • Nuestra Historia

    By Jesus Lopez

    They remain among the most passionate and inspiring words penned by our founders in 1910, and they are virtually set in stone: “Children of Spanish descent shall never be denied the right of admission in the public schools, and shall never be classed in separate schools, but shall forever enjoy perfect equality.”

  • Support for city’s ‘rights’ ordinance

    A letter in the March 9 Optic questions the Las Vegas City Council’s consideration of an ordinance affirming the city’s rights to self determination. Among their concerns, the writers mention the following two items. First, they claim that the ordinance “annul(s) the federal and state constitutional rights of certain entities and individuals,” and secondly, they express concerns about water.

  • Upholding basic freedoms

    I write in respectful dissent to the recent letter “Rights ordinance full of problems.” The writers portray the ordinance as an illegal invitation to anarchy, when in fact it upholds basic rights, legal doctrines, and values that date to the founding of the United States.