Today's Opinions

  • Support school music programs

    I was surprised to see the letter to the Optic by Shelly Reins, where she says that Thomas Garcia, the Mora superintendent of schools, snubbed the music students at a recent meeting.

    The Thomas Garcia she is talking about cannot be the same person I have known for years and years. He would never snub a student. I’m sure the whole incident was misinterpreted somewhere along the way.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! VETERANS DAY. On this day in which we honor our veterans, we’re also wrapping up our nearly decade-long “war” in Iraq. The president says our soldiers there should be home for the holidays. That’s cause for a great celebration, and the giving of sincere thanks. We’re happy for the service men and women who are returning home, and we’re grateful for your dedication to our nation.
    And for those who continue to serve, wherever you are, thanks to you as well. We are safer as a nation because of your best efforts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 11, 2011
  • Veteran's Perspective: Our real national debt

    Google the term “National Debt” and you will quickly receive the search results for millions of websites.

    Most deal with the very serious issues of government overspending and the accumulation of more than two centuries of federal deficits. Yet very few bring up the biggest national debt of them all — that which America owes to her veterans.

    Today, Veterans Day, marks the perfect opportunity for us to take an historical audit on just how much this nation owes her heroes.

  • Nuestra Historia - El Padre Polaco and his pipe

    We continue our fact-or-fiction series with the tale of the Polish priest who accidentally burned down our first church, when he fell asleep smoking his pipe — so it is said.

    He was Alexander Grzelachowski (gre-law-how-ski), the first parish priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, who came to Las Vegas in 1851. Born in Poland when much of that country was part of Russia, he studied for the priesthood in France, and later immigrated to the United States.

  • ‘Wind gas’ a viable solution

    It takes millions of years to create what the oil and gas industry calls natural gas, thousands of feet deep down in the earth — or just a few seconds, next to a wind turbine.

    Based on the plans of an Austrian-German team of scientists, renewable energy producers should soon be able to generate synthetic “natural gas” from their wind and solar parks.

  • Fight under way against flights plan

    Fight under way against flights plan

    Thanks to the Optic for the excellent reporting and fine editorial on the Cannon Air Force Base public forum held on Oct. 18. It was gratifying to see NMHU’s Kennedy Lounge overflowing with concerned citizens.

    Beside the community members, there were about a dozen Air Force military people, civilians working for the military and undercover agents.

  • Mourning the loss of Benito Lemos

    I am the mother of Benito Ramon Lemos. My son’s life was taken two years ago by a man who came home from Iraq, Richard Baca. ... He decided to drive around Las Vegas with a loaded gun strapped on his waist. My son was the unlucky one who ran in to Baca.

    Despite what happened, he took my son’s life. He didn’t have a chance, he was dead on arrival at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.