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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Did Kilmer plant Optic’s stories?

    In a recent online Optic, there were five articles and of these, three had to do with alleged drunks. Wonder if Kilmer planted these stories? Perhaps the rumor that we have a drinking problem in San Miguel County is correct.

    W.P. Brown

    Sapello

  • As It Is: When will I learn?

    In getting information from the government, asking the right questions is half the ballgame. But when it comes to seeking public records, I have yet to learn a particular lesson.

    In May 2006, a number of people in town told me that the West Las Vegas school district’s bilingual program put on a lavish adults-only party with money that was intended for kids. I heard that it was held at El Rialto restaurant.

    So I turned in a request to the district, specifying that the party was held at El Rialto.

  • Letter: Thanks for county responsiveness

    In the past, I’ve written two letters expressing my concern, and that of my neighbors, about the issue of oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County.  The subjects of these letters were the unbalanced weighting of the ordinance task force toward those sympathetic with the oil and gas industry and the equivocal and dodgy responses people got when they asked whether or not the task force meetings would be open to the public for observation.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    SUCCESSFUL FIESTAS. Kudos to the volunteers who put on the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. Once again, they did an outstanding job. And the credit goes to the volunteers who remain with the Fiesta Council and those who were let go.

     

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  • Dulcey Amargo: Conspicuous construction

    Obviously, I’m playing on economist Thorstein Veblen’s concept of “Conspicuous Consumption,” in his 1899 publication “The Theory of the Leisure Class.”

    Veblen, a Norwegian-American, promulgates the idea that people purchase certain goods and services not to survive, but rather to identify themselves as having superior wealth and social standing. Well, our Las Vegas Conspicuous Construction is resultant of a different motive, I suspect.

  • Letter: Editha Bartley jerks out memories

    Editha Bartley’s stories always jerk great memories back to the present for a timeless moment. When we cut our fingers trying to whittle a forked stick into a sling shot, Mom dabbed the injury with iodine or silver nitrate after kissing it. Or Grandpa would suck some white gas out of his four-door Studebaker convertible and slosh that on the wound hoping to prevent lock jaw. No Band-aids at our farm, which was two points east by south of Shangri-la.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    We wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who participated in the first annual Parent/Community Institute on June 19. We extend a special “thank you” to exhibitors, guest presenters and the local businesses who provided door prizes. It would not have been possible to implement this function without the help of our volunteers, so a special thanks to you as well. Last but not least, we would like to thank West Las Vegas High School for the use of its facilities. We look forward to providing this training again next year.

    Maria Montoya

  • Letter: Let’s make city a safe place

    Now a 9-year-old girl has been hit by a driver allegedly using a cell phone. What is going to be done about this?

    The judge must fine offenders.  Police must write tickets. The city has a responsibility to increase educational efforts. The ordinance must be modified to increase fines for the offense.

    Let’s make our city a better place, a safe place for our children.

    Bruce G. McAllister

    Las Vegas