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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Note - A letter and a conversation

    A conversation I had and a letter I received last week got me to thinking about what’s wrong and what’s right about Las Vegas. Let’s start with what’s right.

    People top the list of what’s right, as far as I’m concerned. We enjoy a great diversity of cultures and backgrounds here — not so much as a melting pot but as a tossed salad.

    I love the legend about how warring Native American tribes once declared the hot springs in Montezuma neutral territory, so all could enjoy its soothing and medicinal powers in peace.

  • ‘Las Vegas takes care of its own’

    As you well know by now, the Litherland house was burned severely a few weeks ago. I believe that the best quote came from my son, John: When he called, he was frustrated to be so far away at such a time, however, he said that he was not worried because Las Vegas takes care of its own. And that is certainly true.

    I will try to express our gratitude to all who aided and lent support to us for the last several days in this letter to the editor at the Optic.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 8, 2013

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME THE NEW CEO. Kathleen Cahill, a New Mexico native with more than three decades experience in the health care industry, is the new chief executive a Alta Vista, succeeding Maridel Acosta, who left for Roswell after two years here.
    Cahill comes up to the northern part of the state after administrative positions in Las Cruces and Roswell. Here’s hoping for her success here in the Meadow City.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 8, 2013
  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 8, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia - La Voz and the three amigos

    When Felix Martinez acquired La Voz del Pueblo and moved it from Santa Fe to Las Vegas in 1890, he also brought with him its Santa Fe editor and former owner, Enrique H. Salazar, who helped Martinez get the newspaper off the ground in Las Vegas.

    Salazar also penned many of the fiery editorials which first appeared here in La Voz, but he and Martinez soon parted ways, and Salazar would establish another Las Vegas newspaper, El Independiente, which later fell into the hands of political boss Secundino Romero, as will be related in a subsequent column.

  • Money won’t make safe environment

    (An open letter to the San Miguel County Commission:)

    In regard to oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County, I wish to commend you for the fact that you (or previous commissioners) wisely initiated a moratorium on this issue. This action has resulted in numerous public meetings to give everyone the opportunity to express concerns and opinions.

  • ‘We the people’ paying the price

    (Another open letter to county commissioners:)

    Thank you for your effort to listen to so many of the people of San Miguel County regarding the issue of drilling for oil and gas resources in this land.

    When Mr. (Nicolas) Leger requested that comments be directed to the commissioners, and be technically oriented, I chose to withhold comment. Yet, these remarks want to be said, so, I choose to present them in public through this venue.

    Mr. Chairman, Members of the Commission: