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Today's Opinions

  • Paying for city water

    Harry S. Truman once said, “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” That might apply to Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s declaration that the city may have to jack up its water rates to pay for the necessities of its system.

    Here are some hard truths:

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 30, 2011
  • Work of Art: Who’s being sensitive?

    It’s happened twice in less than a week: This old man has found himself getting choked up. The older I get, the easier it is to become dewy-eyed.

    Let me explain:

    I delivered a brief eulogy for my father-in-law, Stanley Coppock, in Springer last Thursday. Why me? Why not one of Stanley’s four daughters? Well, to a (wo)man, they emphasized they’d be unable to carry it out — too emotional.

  • East’s fiscal mistakes

    We thought the first big test of the new Las Vegas City Schools board members would be the hiring of the next superintendent. We were wrong. The first big test is in how the school board is going to handle the latest news that the district is two years behind on its audits.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 28, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Reasons to believe

    “Struck me kinda funny, seemed kind of funny sir to me,
    How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe.”
    — From the song “Reason to Believe” by Bruce Springsteen

    If you’re starting to think that the world is going to hell in a hand basket, I suggest you pick up last week’s Time magazine. There’s a series of articles in there that may lift your spirits considerably.

  • Seeking help for trip to D.C.

    The West Las Vegas Middle School asks for your generous donations in making this possible. We are seeking 2,000 persons to donate $20 each to help us reach our goal of $40,000 so we can make this event possible.  

    Donations can be made to West Las Vegas Middle School, 179 Bridge St., Las Vegas, NM 87701.  

    The West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America will be competing in Washington, D.C. on May 3 through May 8. There will be 29 students, along with sponsors, attending the Business Professionals Nationals Competitions.  

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FREE FLICKS. It’s not just a passing contribution to community life, Highlands University has been offering free movies at Ilfeld Auditorium for couple of years now. It’s just that the Optic has finally gotten around to featuring it on the front page of our paper. It’s about time we gave it a big thumbs up, too.