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Today's Opinions

  • A report on co-op meeting

    Several Mora San Miguel Electric Cooperative members requested, in advance, to be placed on the Feb. 24 agenda for the monthly meeting of the MSMEC Board of Trustees to ask questions, present concerns about the troubled state of the co-op, and to formally charge that serious policy abuses have been taking place.  

  • Middle East revolutions

    It seems so far away, but it’s closer than you might think — these revolutions that are breaking out in the Middle East. About a dozen nations in the region have endured mass protests in the last three months or so, many of which turned terribly violent.

    And while some regimes like Moammar Gaddafi’s in Libya are striking back brutally, the rebellions will likely continue into the months ahead.

  • Work of Art: A second helping of third grade

    Possibly the biggest fear I experienced in the elementary grades was in doing anything academic from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Before schools began tacking on extra days to the calendar, for “in-service” days, our summers were free.

    Now, the school year often starts in early August and stretches into June. Hey, where’d our summers go?

  • Force the disclosures

    History may show that one of the worst U.S. Supreme Court decisions ever made occurred last year, when the high court ruled that the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 violated corporations’ and unions’ First Amendment rights. The ruling essentially gave these monied interests the same free-speech protections as afforded to individual citizens, thereby allowing unlimited amounts of money to flow into political advertising as a way to manipulate elections.

  • Red Bow Warrior

    By Martin Salazar

    “To me government is not peopled by good and bad men, with rare exceptions, but by men trying, each within the limitations of his abilities and his weaknesses, to perform the roles assigned them.”
    — Henry L. Trewhitt

    Being a journalist in your hometown can be a mixed blessing.

    You know everyone, and everyone knows you.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Salvation Army of Las vegas wishes to thank everyone who participated in our bell ringing campaign during the 2010 Christmas season.

  • Nuestra Historia - Will it be red or green?

    It has been two months since our first column, and many Optic readers have contacted us with questions and comments. One continuing question is why Las Vegas and New Mexico history is alternately referred to as Spanish and Mexican.

  • 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.