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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Note - Thoughts on working

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared on Labor Day 2011.

    If you are a working stiff, sweating away eight or more hours a day for someone who’s making the “big bucks,” there’s a good chance that you feel unappreciated.
    Or, if you’re a boss, stressing out over all the problems that confront you, you probably know that, from time to time, it really is “lonely at the top.”

  • Don’t subsidize private business

    When San Miguel County voters go to the polls to vote on a tax increase in November, as reported in the Optic on Aug. 22, they may want to give serious thought about subsidizing private, for-profit businesses. Taxpayer subsidies to private businesses simply send the wrong message.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 31, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! LOSING A BIG FOOTPRINT. Neil Armstrong was mission commander of Apollo 11 in July 1969 when he became the first person to walk on the moon. His death last weekend at age 82 reminds us of a time when the United States could dream big and act out those dreams.
    Armstrong was an example of the greatness that’s part of our national DNA. He made us proud, and he will be missed.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 31, 2012
  • A vicious pack of dogs roaming area

    Recently it was impossible for me to sleep. I was worried about my dog, afraid he would not make it through the night.

    Just two days earlier he was a happy, healthy guy, but his (and my) life changed abruptly when a pack of three vicious dogs (without collars) attacked him when we went for our morning walk. They tried hard to kill him and they would have succeeded had I not been there in time to come to his rescue.

  • Band is important; so decide wisely

    I heard about a recent board meeting at Mora Independent Schools and I was disappointed with what I heard.

  • Mil Gracias - August 31, 2012

    The Las Vegas Arts Council would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Janet Remenyik, this year’s project director for the People’s Faire on Aug. 11. Janet has worked tirelessly for several months, recruiting and vetting vendors, mostly local, and making the necessary arrangements for this event.

    We also appreciate the professional expertise of Carlos Ortiz, as well as other City of Las Vegas staff. The talented musicians and dancers provided a celebratory ambience.

  • Nuestra Historia - ‘Going from one country into another’

    East and West Las Vegas evolved as if they were two neighboring countries, divided by a river, with a border crossing on Bridge Street.

    The remarkable separateness of the two towns was vividly observed by Milton Nahm, as he recalled covering the Carl Magee trials as a cub reporter for the Optic in 1923 and 1926.

    Nahm’s description of the pronounced divide is intensely poignant, and his narrative transports you to that time: