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Today's Opinions

  • Another perspective: Questions that need answers

    The problems which beset the Las Vegas City Schools have had the attention of our community over the past weeks and months. The increases to property taxes certainly arouse the attention of many people.

    Although taxes are important, they don’t however overshadow our responsibility to provide students a quality education in a safe and caring environment.

  • Politics: You get what you pay for

    The mid-term “revulsion election” has come and gone, exacting widespread retribution on both the innocent and the impure.    

  • Don’t judge Cordova harshly

    Mora County will soon have a new sheriff and I’m sure he will do good. He was a deputy when I was on the commission.

    The outgoing sheriff, it seems, has made some mistakes, as we all have, because we are human. The only perfect ones are six feet under because, of course, they can’t make mistakes anymore.

  • Breakdown turned out OK

    This is our “on-the-road-again” story thanks to an automotive mechanic from Las Vegas, N.M.:

    Our 187,500 mileage Chrysler 1994 van has been a long-time family member since we purchased it 16 years ago, and this past November, it joined us on our weeklong car camping trip in northeastern New Mexico. Unfortunately on Sunday (the last day of our vacation), while traveling back to Denver we started having intermittent hesitation problems requiring us to be towed back to Santa Fe for a fuel filter replacement.

  • Educators must have adequate tools

    I graduated from Robertson in 1967 at the same time Don Pace did.

    Great to see that a fellow classmate became a reporter for the Optic.

    I read the article that pertained to the Las Vegas Public Schools regarding new adoptions and the lack of follow-through from district management in making sure all teachers and students had access to the curriculum at the beginning of the new school year.

  • Challenges for new CEO

    Congratulations to Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, who, after about three months as interim CEO, now takes the reins on a more permanent basis. We wish her well.

    We anticipate she will be welcomed as an important leader in our city, since the local hospital is such a critical element to the area’s quality of life. And she’s off to a good start, having been introduced to the community through her interim position. So far she’s left a good impression.

  • Work of Art: A friend of Elizabeth Edwards

    By Art Trujillo

    Las Vegas Optic

    The world lost a bright, dedicated, articulate woman last week when Elizabeth Ed-wards died of breast cancer. She was the estranged wife of John Edwards, who appeared in Las Vegas in 2004, as the Democratic running mate of John Kerry.

    John Edwards sought the presidential nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama. One person who knew the late Mrs. Edwards well is Kate Lockwood, a nurse and massage therapist from Las Vegas.

  • We’re in this together

    We fully realize that the city of Las Vegas and the East and West school districts are separate entities.

    But we need to forget about that when the issue is water.

    In  recent weeks, city officials have made presentations to both school boards, requesting they give up their water rights to the city.
    For free.

    The city made the same request a few years ago, but didn’t get any response.