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Today's Opinions

  • Dulcey Amargo - Stewed, blued and a bit unglued

    I’m sitting  around, stewing in the “melting pot” mockery that has a big, rusty patch on its underside and is ready to spew out all the mush held inside.

    Yes, I know, as former language instructor and especially as a trained technical writer, I should know better than to mix metaphors as I’ve done in the opening sentence and stick to writing clearly, accurately, and to the point. Sometimes, though, one can flout convention to make that point.

  • Nuestra Historia - Constitution approved; first election set

    On Jan. 21, 1911, the people of New Mexico went to the polls to approve the constitution which would make statehood a reality — and despite attempts in Washington over the years to change the ancient and venerable name, the first words of the new constitution proudly declared: “The name of this state is New Mexico.”

  • An obvious conflict of interest

  • Las Vegas a ‘city of angels’

    I am sure our Optic readers have read about Edward Flores. While driving through New Mexico, he took a side road and stopped for a walk. He got disoriented, and lost his vehicle somewhere near Tucumcari. He spent 5 nights in the cold and snow, and walked 80 miles before finding a phone to call the police. They brought him to our town of Las Vegas.

  • Plan both right and constitutional

    I really don’t think requiring health care insurance for all citizens is any different from required auto insurance. I believe the required auto insurance has done a great deal of good and little harm as far as drivers and those hurt in auto accidents goes, even if those rates have not decreased. Think what it would be like without it!

  • ‘We’ won the day with ordinance’s passage

    We won! (The larger “we” that finally includes wetlands, aquifers, riparian zones, and more). It’s fantastic and somewhat unbelievable news that our city council voted for (that is for) the water ordinance.

  • A big step backward for water projects

    Now that the City of Las Vegas has become delusional by thinking they can pass an ordinance and thus become sovereign over the State of New Mexico and the United States of America, it should be a lot easier to get all the funding the city needs for its water projects, que no? Or maybe, just maybe, the folks from the New Mexico Legislature, State Water Board and Congress will now look at the city’s funding requests a little differently, say with less credibility?

    Do you think?

  • Background about the water rights ordinance