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Today's Opinions

  • Publisher's Note: The magic of reading

    When I was a kid, I think I was dyslexic, only I didn’t know it. I don’t think anybody knew it. Years later, when I was in my 20s, my mother figured it out. She learned what dyslexia is, and remembered how I would read words backwards.

    I didn’t become much of a reader until I quit college at age 20.

  • A rebuttal to July 4 editorial

    On Monday, July 4, Tom McDonald wrote an editorial in the Las Vegas Optic entitled “The Better Side of the U.S.A.” He wrote it from that angle. There is a downside to the U.S.A., the “Declaration of Independence” and the Constitution. Both documents were written by ruthless, racist, sexist, property-owning, slave-owning, colonizing, annihilating, white men.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN - INADEQUATE RESULTS. Nearly 87 percent of New Mexico’s schools — including all but two in San Miguel County, and just one in Mora County — failed to meet federal adequate-yearly-progress standards during the last school year. Such dismal results motivated the state Public Education Department to announce plans to replace the system, if the feds allow it, with a state plan to grade schools A through F instead of with the pass-or-fail approach currently being used.

  • A stunning parallel

    By Sara Welsch

    Well, we’ve come full circle. Five years ago, Bill Richardson’s administration was asked for state e-mails about an audit of the driver’s license program. It refused, claiming executive privilege, and the Republican Party of New Mexico filed suit.

  • Dumb, dumber development

    What’s the opposite of smart growth? Dumb development. And Las Vegas got yet more of it (recently). Workers chopped down several mature piñon trees on a peripheral New Mexico Highlands University parking lot.

  • 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.