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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! COMMUNITY TRAGEDIES. Two homicides in as many days can really shake up a small town. Joseph H. Hernandez, 45, and Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, were killed in separate incidents only a few days ago. Two men, Richard Vigil, 47, and John Brito, 44, also of Las Vegas, face charges related to Hernandez’s death, while Clancy’s housemate, 52-year-old Tamara Smith, is charged in her death.

    All of these people — the victims as well as the suspects — resided in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 8, 2011
  • Keeping Pace: Five great years at the Optic

    Five years ago I walked into the Optic with my resume in hand, knowing that the last time I wrote for a newspaper was way back in 1973. I worked as a reporter for the Torii Teller, a slick little weekly news magazine covering the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Romero Brothers emerge

    In the first years of his freighting business, Miguel Romero and his five sons, and other family members, made the long  journeys themselves, but soon Don Miguel was able to hire and provide for the many teamsters who would drive his  wagons along the Santa Fe Trail.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - The wild, wild West

    “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children.”
    — Native American Proverb

    As a community member studied the first two panels erected across from the Spic & Span, he asked, where are the animals? Where are the bison, deer and elk? Be assured that the animals will be represented and are as much a part of our history as the people who depended on them for survival.

  • FFA raising it own funds

    This letter is in response to the tongue lashing given to the RHS FFA students at the recent Las Vegas City School board meeting. First of all I would like to clarify with Ms. Gloria Lovato-Pacheco that the money the students used was not given to the students by the city school board.

    Rather, that money was raised by the FFA students, parents and extended family members in order for these students to represent Robertson High School, the city of Las Vegas as well as the state of New Mexico at the National Convention.

  • Trash bin in wrong place

    There is a dumpster in the parking lot behind Wells Fargo downtown that is used primarily by Dick’s Restaurant. The fact that the city trash truck drivers can’t seem to place the damn thing on its concrete pad is one thing, but why is it always way out on the sidewalk!

    What really gets me is that this thing is nearly constantly leaking a mix of bar and restaurant fluids across the sidewalk and into the gutter!

  • Lawmakers deserve thanks for measure

    The reintroduction of Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishing Act in Taos County on March 29 is a huge win for northern New Mexico. Our Democratic congressional delegation — Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich deserve praise from people here in northern New Mexico for taking the step in this 112th Congress to preserve 236,000 acres in north central New Mexico.  Please take a moment to call the delegation thanking them for their work.