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Today's Opinions

  • Orgullo del Norte - From Oñate to Invenergy

    “It is very hard to remember that events now long in the past were once in the future.”
    — Frederic William Maitland

    The downtown mural will be erected from the outside in. The panels will begin with the earliest period (pre-Spanish incursion) and latest period (today’s issues, conflicts, and events), working its way to the middle (the turn of the century 1880-1912). Therefore we will skip back and forth in order to describe what the public will be viewing, albeit out of a traditional timeline sequence.

  • True Grit a great tale

    True Grit is a movie based on a novel of the same name. The book relates an interesting detail left out of the movie: “I found myself in need of a road stake and I robbed one of them high-interest banks,” says Rooster Cogburn.  “Thought I was doing a good service. You can’t rob a thief, can you?”

    “It is all stealing,” Mattie Ross replies.

    “That was the position they taken in Las Vegas, New Mexico,” said Cogburn. “I had to fly for my life.”

  • Military ignoring us

    I don’t doubt that this area has been selected for military training flyovers because of the low population in a state that generally votes Democrat.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up! GREAT RECOGNITION. The West Las Vegas school district was honored at the State Capitol last week because four of its elementary schools were named among the top 20 schools in the state serving the needs of English language learners. The Don Cecilio Martinez, Tony Serna, Union and Valley elementary schools shared in West’s honor. The ceremony was part of the Bilingual Education Day at the State Legislature, and West was the only district to have four schools listed.

  • Another Perspective: Economic development

    Economic Development in our community. One has to ask, why is this important element missing in our community?

    What must we do to encourage economic development?

    I believe there’s a methodical, well-thought-out process we must develop and implement to assist our local businesses, search out new businesses to bring to our city so as to expand growth, generate new business and create new jobs and enhance our tax base.

    Creating a plan of action:

  • The streets are not safer

    I want to comment on Tom Clayton, Mack Allingham, Richard Flores and the chief of Las Vegas Police Department on their false allegations they printed in the Optic and the words they used to accuse of doing, but not proved guilty, in a court of law. We as human beings have constitutional rights, civil rights and legal rights, including innocent until proven guilty.

    Yes, my son was arrested for drug trafficking and he has taken full responsibility for what he did. Not like this individual, they cannot take responsibility for their actions.

  • Let ‘em build

    We’re not convinced Allsup’s Convenience Stores Inc. can fully deliver on plans to build a new store at Grand Avenue and Seventh Street. But that’s not a good enough reason to stand in the way of the project.

  • Work of Art: An 88-year-old’s recollections

    By Art Trujillo

    In past columns I’ve devoted much lineage to the way things used to be, to my childhood and the dogged determination of hundreds of boys who worked six days a week to earn a few bucks selling Optics.