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Today's Opinions

  • Cheney’s torture illegal and immoral

    On Tuesday the memoir of former Vice President Dick Cheney was released. He continues to support the harsh interrogation methods used under the Bush government, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, long-term isolation, stress positions, and extremes of heat and cold. He will be interviewed on every major television station and will claim that the techniques saved lives, and that no other methods would have produced the same results.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the board and the children of La Plaza Little League, we would like to thanks the following sponsors for their continued support, and dedication to the community.

    First of all God as the season (dedicated to Fabian Trujillo and Joey Portillo) went on without any major incidents or accidents!

  • The special session

    Gov. Susana Martinez has called a special legislative session to begin next week, right after Labor Day, primarily for redistricting, but she’s also tacked several other matters onto the call. We’re glad to see some economic issues placed on the agenda and hope for a productive session.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 31, 2011
  • Work of Art: Not another dam dedication

    What was intended as a joyous occasion — a sign of real progress, with cake as the main course and punch as the chaser — might have instead appeared as an annoyance, if you read newspaper headlines.

    Let me explain:

    A recent issue of the Optic included a front-page photo spread on a ribbon-cutting for a the city’s newest diversion dam. About 50 city officials and townspeople boarded vans to go high up Gallinas Canyon, “to places some of you have never been before,” as Mayor Alfonso Ortiz expressed it.

  • Wasteful spending

    The West Las Vegas School district’s trip to “the other” Las Vegas is a good example of a bad decision being made on how to spend education dollars.

    First, some background. Every school district in the state, including West, is having to reign in spending in light of funding shortfalls. But not all of a district’s money comes from the same source, or goes into the same “general fund,” which explains why West’s Head Start program gets $21,680 annually in federal money for training and technical assistance.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 29, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Facts and opinions

    Facts are more important than opinions. That may seem like an obvious point, but given the times in which we live, it’s worth saying.

    Straight news reporting is the most valuable contribution being made to the national discussion, but you wouldn’t know that by observing the media’s behavior.

    I suppose it’s because the “most valuable contribution” isn’t always the most marketable. Opinion often sells better than fact.