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Today's Opinions

  • Response to detainee needs bodes well

    Congratulations to the San Miguel Detention Center for having earned accreditation of its health services by meeting all the standards for detainees’ health care. What a tribute to the efforts of the administrator and the staff in providing these services and this level of concern!

    I am proud of being part of a community that recognizes its responsibility to all its members, regardless of their circumstances, and responds to the needs of our fellow human beings.

    Carol Winkel
    Las Vegas

  • Why don’t we tax wealth?

    Whatever happened to fairness? Isn’t looking out for your friends and neighbors a traditional American value? Why don’t we ask the wealthy individuals and big corporations to pay more tax so that essential services to the poor and vulnerable are not cut?

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the Mariachi Cardenal Infantil Group, we would like to express our thanks to the community for their support. The group attended the Mariachi Spectacular conference in Albuquerque last week and had the opportunity to showcase their talents against groups from around the United States and Mexico.

  • Spanish Market

    Ronald Samuel Garcia, a self-taught santero, will be among a group of artists showcasing their work during this weekend’s 60th Traditional Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza.
    Garcia, a native of El Carmen in Mora County, will feature his New Mexican retablos, relief carvings and “Mora Style bultos,” carvings of religious figures.

  • Disturbing closure

    Las Vegas is not a rich town. Sure, some people here have deep pockets, but there are far more who endure unemployment and underemployment, which create poverty-level conditions and a host of problems that go with such desperate circumstances.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 25, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: A history of divisions

    If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a passion for history. In fact, that’s part of the reason I was drawn to journalism. Newspapers, it’s been said, record “the first draft of history.”

    In 1879, the founder of this newspaper, Russell Kistler, did more than just write the “first draft.” He also made history. Unfortunately, part of his legacy can be found in the divisions that helped define Las Vegas.

  • Our Jewish ancestry

    This letter is in response to conversation in the community, as well as the article in the Optic describing the vandalism in our local cemetery. There have been many who are attempting to make a connection between Reies Lopez Tijerina and his “followers” to the vandalism.