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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias

    Carnegie Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “One World, Many Stories,” has once again come to an end and was a complete success this year.  We would like to thank the following local businesses for their generosity:  The Bank of Las Vegas, who sponsored this year’s event, Alta Vista Regional Hospital, Charlie’s Spic & Span, El Rialto Restaurant and Abraham’s Tiendita, Fort Union National Monument, Holiday Inn, Lesperance Dairy Queen, Sonic Drive-In, Subway, Tome on the Range and Wendy’s.  

  • Water planning

    It was an information-packed meeting Wednesday, when city officials and consultants presented their preliminary study and recommendations for Las Vegas to tackle its water problems.

    The bottom line: It’s going to cost. A lot.

    No surprise there. Everyone should know by now that the city is too heavily dependent on the Gallinas River for its water supply,  that our reservoirs are badly in need of repair, and that our water lines are leaking like sieves. No one said it would be cheap to address any of these problems.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 1, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: The magic of reading

    When I was a kid, I think I was dyslexic, only I didn’t know it. I don’t think anybody knew it. Years later, when I was in my 20s, my mother figured it out. She learned what dyslexia is, and remembered how I would read words backwards.

    I didn’t become much of a reader until I quit college at age 20.

  • A rebuttal to July 4 editorial

    On Monday, July 4, Tom McDonald wrote an editorial in the Las Vegas Optic entitled “The Better Side of the U.S.A.” He wrote it from that angle. There is a downside to the U.S.A., the “Declaration of Independence” and the Constitution. Both documents were written by ruthless, racist, sexist, property-owning, slave-owning, colonizing, annihilating, white men.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN - INADEQUATE RESULTS. Nearly 87 percent of New Mexico’s schools — including all but two in San Miguel County, and just one in Mora County — failed to meet federal adequate-yearly-progress standards during the last school year. Such dismal results motivated the state Public Education Department to announce plans to replace the system, if the feds allow it, with a state plan to grade schools A through F instead of with the pass-or-fail approach currently being used.

  • A stunning parallel

    By Sara Welsch

    Well, we’ve come full circle. Five years ago, Bill Richardson’s administration was asked for state e-mails about an audit of the driver’s license program. It refused, claiming executive privilege, and the Republican Party of New Mexico filed suit.

  • Dumb, dumber development

    What’s the opposite of smart growth? Dumb development. And Las Vegas got yet more of it (recently). Workers chopped down several mature piñon trees on a peripheral New Mexico Highlands University parking lot.