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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective: Dispatch from Japan

    I can’t think about the future, I can only concentrate on each second. I don’t know what is going to happen.

    I’m on alert for the next warning of an earthquake, tsunami, and explosion. I’m worried about the situation with the nuclear plants. A lot of people are panicking and stocking up on basic necessities. There are a lot of empty shelves at the stores.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of the Old Town Plaza

    Resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk has done painstaking and meticulous research into the original layout and early development of the Old Town Plaza. In 2001, he first published Pioneer Merchants of the Las Vegas Plaza, a work that includes the development of the Plaza from its settlement through the territorial period.

  • Orgullo del Norte - ‘El Tigre,’ Reies Lopez Tijerina

    “Tijerina was truly the right person, in the right place, at the right time.”
    — Maurilio Vigil, historian

    As a young boy I recall a monument being erected at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces. It was a sculpture representing Native Americans. This event stuck with me because of a comment my father made as we drove by.

    “First they commit genocide on them, and then they build monuments in memory of them,” he said.

  • Angry at system of ‘justice’

    With all due respect, I am rapidly losing faith in our judicial system, from judges to prosecuting and defense attorneys, and those who manipulate the system.

    A man kills a dog for attacking a child, and he gets prison time? Another man kills a police officer in Tijeras and now waits for his attorney to find a legal “loophole” to get him released, or other such remedies.

    Maybe the saying, “The more money you have, the more justice you get,” is true. Even if you prosecute drunken drivers.

  • Lopez’s history columns valued

    I would like you to know that I really enjoy the articles Jesus Lopez has been doing on area history. It is important that area/ local history be preserved and Jesus Lopez is doing an excellent job of that through his very informative articles. I only wish you would run his articles more frequently.

    I would like to thank the Optic and Jesus Lopez for those columns. Keep up the good work!

    Dan Flores
    Santa Rosa

  • Thanks to those who stopped land swap

    God bless the wise honorable judges of the state Supreme Court. Thank you Judges, Mr. Bosson, Mrs. Petra Jimenez Maes and Mr. Patricio M. Serna! You make our day!

    I have followed the work of the Supreme Court and the state land office for over 50 years and I have always felt like both of them were like sacred land where you could go in times of need and get a fair shake!

  • Wagon Mound’s Romero: Old-school hoops icon

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a series of articles written on old-school athletics by Luna Community College sports performance instructor Henry Sanchez.

    By Henry Sanchez
    Special to the Optic

    It is important to know and remember our past because it reflects where we have been, where we are today and where we are going.

  • Hitting the nail on the head

    Katie Houdek, a sophomore at Robertson High School, had a great idea for her confirmation class service project. Last week she hosted a “Heroes Welcome Lunch” for Las Vegas police officers, firefighters and support personnel as a way to express appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our community.

    “Police and firemen do a lot for us,” she said, “and they don’t get paid very much.”