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Today's Opinions

  • UWC border trip was irresponsible

    Referring to the front page article on April 4-5, I believe that taking United World College international students on a spring break field trip to pick up litter along the U.S./Mexico border in the Sonoran Desert was naïve and irresponsible on the part of those arranging and approving such a trip.

    Those students could have surprised “immigrants” who were crossing with drugs, weapons, etc., resulting in a tragedy of terrible proportions and repercussions not only for UWC, but internationally.

  • Other ways to tackle water crisis

    I lived in Arizona, also a desert, for 46 years. I lived in Phoenix, plus several rural small towns. I lived in central, northern, and southeastern Arizona. Everywhere we lived we had enough water. There are more people in the Phoenix metropolitan area than in all of New Mexico, and everyone has a swimming pool and lots of green landscaping.

    There are other sources of water than snow melt.

  • Mil Gracias

    The family of Bernadina O. Gallegos would like to express our appreciation to all our family and friends for the cards, kind words, food and money that was given to us during our time of sorrow.

    Special thanks to Dr. Michael Lopez and Alta Vista Hospital for doing a great job in taking care of our mother. Thanks to Zak (RN) and Michael Quintana (CNA) from Alta Vista Hospital; you have big hearts and the medical profession is fortunate to have people like you.

    Thanks to the AmberCare Hospice for providing dignity and care to our mom.

  • Clarifying the FFA’s fundraising efforts

    I am writing to clear up any misunderstandings about the March 28 Optic article highlighting events at the Las Vegas City Schools board meeting. FFA members were accused of using school-provided money inappropriately. We value the support of our community and would never want to damage your trust. Please allow me to explain the actual situation.

    When I accepted the position in August, I was handed the reins of all the fundraising activities the students and their parents were doing at the time for the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Wishes for Washington

    To its credit, Congress was able to avert a crisis a couple weeks ago by not shutting down the government. But that’s about the only credit Congress  deserves, since just about everything else in Washington is currently dysfunctional.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 20, 2011
  • Work of Art: The perfect photo-op

    One of the best photo-ops in recent times came Monday morning when I got a call from Optic managing editor, Martin Salazar, asking me to hustle over to the north exit on I-25 to get some pictures.

    Taking Exit 347, I discovered that a sea of orange cones, closing the right southbound lane, stretched for about a mile. There, a number of city vehicles were towing away dozens of wrecked trucks, buses, trailer houses and other equipment that had greeted locals and tourists alike. This eyesore has been an in-your-face assault on our aesthetic sensibilities for years.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 18, 2011