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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Note - Farewell, our David Romero

    Here’s a tribute to a great pressman, who left this past weekend for a new life in Arizona:

    David Romero had been around the Optic for years before 1997, when his stepfather, Stuart Beck, hired him to run the circulation department.

    Then tragedy struck the family- owned operation, when Beck died suddenly of a heart attack. His wife, Delia, David’s mother, took over the operation.

    “When I was publisher, he was really my right-hand man,” she said of her son. “David was always there for me.

  • ‘Trickle down’ does not work

    (In response to W.P. Brown’s letter published April 13:)

    Mormons, Muslims and some Christians consider tithing to be very important. Catholics are more concerned with the idea that we are to love God above all things and our neighbors as ourselves. God is love. We demonstrate this love by helping each other. “Whatsoever you do to these the least of my brethren that you do unto me.”

    We recognize that there are evil Democrats and good Republicans. We have no monopoly. If I do not keep the Ten Commandments, I am a liar. The Bible tells me so.

  • Mil Gracias - May 28, 2012

    Our community came together in joyous and energetic celebration on May 12 to honor our Gallinas Watershed and the people that work to keep it healthy.

    Such an outpouring of support for the Gallinas community and efforts to care for our watershed was heartening to see.  

    We’d like to express a great big thanks to everyone in the community who came, especially the six teams that participated in the Watershed Olympic games; the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watershed teams, the West Las Vegas, Highlands University and United World College teams.  

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 25, 2012

    THUMBS UP! GREAT ECLIPSE. At first it looked as if it might be a big letdown, with a Sunday night cloud cover blocking the first eclipse since 1994. But then the clouds moved out of the way and viewers got all they hoped for — a spectacular view of the moon passing in front of the sun.
    It was a great celestial show, well worth watching.  Can’t wait for the next one — in 2023.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 25, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - The stories of the Las Vegas judgeship

    Having concluded the Centennial series — bringing it home to Las Vegas with the story of Gov. Ezequiel C de Baca — we now begin another titillating narrative. We will recount the history of the district judgeship in Las Vegas, and tell the story of the fascinating men who occupied that position through 1965.

    Our self-imposed terminal date is the year legendary District Judge Luis E. Armijo passed away, after serving almost 40 years on the Las Vegas bench.

  • Turn Vegas into Santa Fe or Taos?

    If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say that Las Vegas doesn’t want to become Santa Fe or Taos, I’d be a rich person. But what does this really mean? How real are these fears?

    In order to find out, I’ve been looking into the history of Santa Fe and Taos to find out what exactly produced them, and how likely would it be that sincere efforts to improve the quality of life for all Las Vegans would actually result in something like Santa Fe or Taos occurring here.

  • Writer is the one in ‘groupthink’

    Frank Splendoria, open your eyes. See what has happened to other communities that have been fracked by the oil and gas industry.

    The oil and gas companies present only their side of the story. They lie. They spend millions of dollars spreading their propaganda. There is enough evidence of the destruction they cause. Visit communities where oil and gas development has come in. Watch the movie “Split Estate,” which won an Academy Award in the Research category.