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Today's Opinions

  • Your choices

    It’s clear that there’s considerable interest in this year’s school board elections — the turnout at last week’s forums demonstrated that. And for those who are still pondering whom to vote for, the Optic is producing an election guide, to be inserted in Friday’s paper, that’s packed with viewpoints and opinions from all 17 candidates running in the Las Vegas elections. Read their responses to our questions and you’ll have an even better idea where each candidate stands.

  • Work of Art: A picnic? You mean today?

    By Art Trujillo

    After having struck out on my own — trying to survive by publishing my own weekly newspaper in suburban Chicago, I returned to the Meadow City, in 1964.

    My smartest decision: re-enroll at Highlands University, the institution I had left five years earlier, following grades less than many-splendored. Pell Grants and lottery scholarships hadn’t been invented yet, so most students took a part-time job.

  • Forum impressions

    Moderator Alex Aragon and the Community Committee for Better Schools, which did the bulk of the work to make last week’s candidate forums successful, should be pleased with one thing over all else — the turnout. More than 200 people attended the West and East  forums, which is a good showing by any account. And while there were simply too many questions and not enough time to get to them all, the crowds themselves were a dramatic statement to the candidates. People in both districts are paying attention.

  • Publisher’s Note: The school board elections

    Last week was all about the school board elections. And this week is the big buildup to the grand finale.

    Already people are casting their ballot — early voting got under way a couple weeks ago. But Feb. 1 is election day, and 17 committed  candidates on the west and east sides of town will be whittled down to six elected officials.

  • Guantánamo still open 9 years later

    This January marks the ninth anniversary of the first prisoners arriving at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, and the second anniversary of the executive orders from President Obama requiring the closure of Guantánamo and halting the practice of torture.

  • Nuestra Historia - Port of entry to New Mexico

    By 1801, the population in San Miguel had reached 182, including 85 men and boys, and 97 women and girls, exceeding the 123 residents at the Pecos Pueblo. Soon after, the original and newly arriving settlers  established San José, as already mentioned, and  continued to settle other communities along the Pecos River, including La Cuesta, later named Villanueva, and Las Mulas, Entrañosa, Puertocito, Guzano, Bernal and El Pueblo. These and other communities flourished, and by the early 1830s their combined population exceeded 2,000 people.

  • Creating a visual history of Las Vegas

    On entering the West Las Vegas art studio, I am struck by the industry of the students hard at work completing the various aspects, perspectives and tasks of the daunting project before them.

    The project is one of completing nine large panels commissioned by Casa De Cultura, under the supervision of Miguel Angel, Georgina Ortega, and Rock Ulibarri.

  • Claim displays ignorance

    In case you care, I think that to claim that a person had an influence over a schizophrenic displays complete ignorance of the malady.

    Chuck Searcy
    Las Vegas