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Today's Opinions

  • A good day to vote

    In 2007, not long after this newspaper broke a story about an adults-only party thrown with West Las Vegas School District money, voters decided to change the leadership by electing three newcomers to the school board. Of the three open positions in that election, two incumbents seeking re-election were thrown out and three challengers — Gary Gold, Caroline Lopez and Kenny Lujan — were voted in, and a new majority took hold.

  • Publisher’s Note: Civility and passion

    All this “return to civility” chatter since the wake of the Arizona massacre, which left six people dead and a congresswoman with brain damage, is a good thing. It’s about time we re-learned civility in our national discourse.

    I realize it wasn’t hate-filled rhetoric that led to that shooting, it was a mentally deranged schizophrenic. But if that Arizona sheriff, who spoke from the heart about how the rhetoric contributed, caused the nation to tone down its hostilities toward one another, then maybe something good will have come out of it all.

  • Center needed for disadvantaged youth

    I heard that someone has an idea to build a center for disadvantaged youth in Mora County. I feel this is the best idea anyone has thought of yet.

    A lot of people feel or think that disadvantaged youth, be it either physical or emotional, are delinquents. They are not. Rather, they are young people who have had the misfortune of being handed a bad deck of cards.

    There are no bad youth, only youth who for some reason have a low self esteem, and they find themselves in a world that seems unbearable to them at times.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    ENTRENCHED DIVISIVENESS. It was interesting the reasons why school board candidates on both sides of the Gallinas River opposed, favored or wavered regarding the idea of administrative consolidation of the two Las Vegas districts. But no one really mentioned the psychological impact upon our community.

  • To the Point: Another electoral crossroad

    The dreary ineffectiveness of many of our public schools is not news. Our collective failure to develop literacy in our students is at the root of our inability to gain social, cultural and economic well-being locally, nationally and globally. The news bulletin today is that New Mexico ranks 49th in eighth grade reading test scores.

  • No. 1 priority is education

    I read in Monday’s Optic that I was all for job creation by the schools and it was one of my top priorities. Well my response, is that is wrong by all accounts. I have never put jobs in my top priorities other than keep jobs. The No. 1 priority is education.

  • Loehr right about higher ed plan

    John Loehr’s column in last Friday’s paper was excellent in every respect. He should be complimented on calling attention to one of the worst ongoing scandals in state government.

    I hope Gov. Susana Martinez follows his advice, shreds the plan proposed by the state Higher Education leadership and brings sound government back to our state. All of us deserve no less.  

    Pat Patrick
    Rociada

  • Nuestra Historia - Luis María Cabeza de Baca

    Sometime in 1820, Luis María Cabeza de Baca traveled from his home in Peña Blanca to Santa Fe, and then to San Miguel del Bado.

    Don Luis, as he was known, was apparently looking to expand the already large land holdings he owned in and around Peña Blanca, which is located in Sandoval County, west of La Bajada. In San Miguel he heard about lush and extensive pasture lands located along a river to the northeast, and he joined eight others from San Miguel in filing an application for a grant of those verdant vegas.