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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: All-Star weekend gone wild

    I am writing in response to the disturbing events that took place during the recent All-Star Tournaments in Raton. I work for a lodging establishment in Raton and during the entire week of the tournaments I would have to say that I am ashamed of the coaches, parents and the teams who raised havoc on our establishment.

  • Letter: Message is loud and clear

    I read with disbelief the Optic’s story “Man charged with sex crime” on July 19. I do not know the particulars of this story, but the message to the public is loud and clear: If you are a government worker, have children or are about to retire, it is OK to (allegedly) perform a lewd act on a teenager.

    Henry Ortiz

    Ribera

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... ANOTHER BIG WEEKEND. Once again we have a big weekend in store. Beginning today, thousands of bikers will be roaring into Las Vegas for the fifth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, and many of them will find their way to two other great events — the annual fiestas at Mora and Villanueva.

    Stay safe, everyone, and let the good times roll!

  • Letter: Son didn't die in vain

    Emilio and I recently sent a prayer message to our son Michael Esquibel, who passed away on Jan. 15, 2009, after he was struck by the train in Las Vegas while on his way to unload some trash from his worksite. The message to him went like this:

    “Dearest Michael, you did not die in vain at the railroad crossing on your way to the transfer station, as now because of the very dangerous crossing and through the efforts of many, there are now in place the very necessary warning signs and signals that will prevent any more tragic deaths.

  • Letter: Counting chickens before hatched

    A few people knew I had written a rebuttal to Kathleen Dudley’s letter, and they were wondering why it wasn’t ever published. I said, they own the newspaper so they have the right to print or not print. I am never offensive in my letters, I always speak the truth, which I can back up with documentation. Someone mentioned that maybe the Optic was prejudiced, and I said I have never known them to be.

  • Work of Art: Raiders tag had no effect

    The signs at both entrances at the erstwhile Celebrity Sports Center in Denver made it clear: No Oakland Raider paraphernalia.

    Did the center management ban caps and jerseys touting the San Diego Chargers or Seattle Seahawks, at the time rivals of the Denver Broncos?

    Now I say “erstwhile” because it used to be called “Celebrity,” and as I recall, traded that word for “Family,” and now, who knows? The massive entertainment center on Colorado Boulevard might not even exist anymore, but the sentiment still wafts.

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial: Useless statistics

    Set aside the statistics that place New Mexico near the bottom of the list of states with the worst drunken driving records. And forget about the data that points to a slight decline in the number of DWIs in our state. Instead, let’s look at the front page of the Optic, just over the last month:

     • Paul E. Sanchez, 45, of 2700 Hot Springs Blvd. Space 4, was charged with his fifth DWI. Police say he was driving along Seventh Street at about 11:30 p.m. on June 25 and, after stopping, he tried to switch places with his female companion to avoid being arrested.

  • Letter: Distribute info more broadly

    In reference to the July 2-4 front page story, “City enacts tougher penalties,” I think it’s a good idea. However, even though the Optic prints the watering schedule, the city needs to send a schedule with their billing also. Not everyone gets or reads the paper.

    Law can be better enforced if the city makes sure no one has the excuse of “I didn’t know.”