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Today's Opinions

  • Keeping It Simple: Just in case

    Several Optic readers have asked me when I am going to write another column for the paper.  My columns are usually about humorous or amusing events that may be common to the Optic readers.

    I appreciate the reader’s comments and support and also thank the Optic editor for making it possible. The following is based on my own observation of people who save things, which I am labeling the “Just In Case Savers.”

  • Letter: Optic was the best in a long journey

    I wanted to write and tell you how much we enjoyed the Las Vegas Optic. I like to buy a local newspaper while traveling and look at the news and events of towns and cities we pass through.  My sister and I traveled 2,000 miles in four days; your newspaper was the most informative and most interestingly written of all the papers we perused on our trip.  

    Marsha Cassada

    Hobart, Okla.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... A SMOOTH WEEKEND FOR ROUGH RIDERS. Aside from the rain, last weekend’s motorcycle rally went very smoothly, from its staffing to the schedule of events posted on the Internet. In fact, it was so smooth it begs the question — why couldn’t the fiestas have run that well?

  • Letter: Unneeded, unfair use of tax dollars

    Hey, is it just me, or do you see our hard-earned tax dollars being wasted? First, we choke Mother Earth with street pavement. Then, we build speed bumps (“speed humps” in Old Town). Why don’t we just leave dirt roads and streets? Dirt roads work very well in the country in slowing down drivers.

    Think of all the taxpayers’ money we’d save. Mother Earth wouldn’t have as many freak storms and hurricanes, etc., just to breath.

  • To the Point: Highlands is cheap but not inexpensive

    Highlands University has a reputation as a school that doesn’t cost much: The tuition is the lowest of any state university.  Coupled with the low tuition is a high proportion of students who receive significant financial aid. For many, the tuition is irrelevant. They’re not paying it anyway.

  • Letter: Giuliani's opinions aren't truth-based

    Calling opinion the truth does not make it so! In David Giuliani’s July 5 column, he opined that racial profiling will follow from the Arizona immigration law, in direct violation of that same law. Are some law enforcement officials criminals? Obviously some may be — it has been known to happen here in New Mexico, too. However, I believe that the vast majority of Arizona officers are honorable. (And my naturalized daughter’s rights are riding upon this; she was born in Paraguay.)

  • Work of Art: Where's the beef? Not in tacos

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Anyone who’s been around long enough for a green-and-red chile (notice the word ends in an “e,” not an “i”) inauguration knows the beneficial effects of eating it. It can cure gout, asthma, the common cold, rheumatism, depression, indigestion and a bad attitude.

  • Editorial: Ortiz ignores political rule

    Sometimes it seems as if there’s a rule in politics that officeholders must run for re-election — or at least leave the question open until the very end. But if it’s a rule, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is ignoring it.

    This week, Ortiz, just five months into his two-year term, revealed that he doesn’t plan to run again in 2012.