Today's Opinions

  • Unemployed deserve better

    Workers throughout the state pay into a workers compensation fund so that, in the unfortunate event that they end up losing their jobs, they will have an unemployment check to fall back on.

    It’s one of those safety net programs critical for a society because it helps people who are down on their luck to continue buying groceries for their families and paying the rent while they search for new jobs.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 21, 2013
  • Work of Art — Two eyebrows way up

    It’s about a subtle facial expression, sometimes barely perceptible, but we all know it’s there. And it’s potent.
    I’m referring to the raised-eyebrow syndrome that seems to have afflicted the Trujillo household. I’ll explain through the following narration:

  • Merger merits consideration

    Sen. John Arthur Smith is asking the state Higher Education Department to study whether it makes sense to merge New Mexico Highlands University with Luna Community College, and in our view, such a study would be worthwhile.

    Yes, a merger would be complicated, as pointed out by Highlands President Jim Fries. But on the surface, at least, there would seem to be some significant benefits to moving in that direction.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 19, 2013
  • Another Perspective — I-25 bypass changed Vegas

    Art Trujillo’s column in the Aug. 7 Optic brought back memories of the way Las Vegas is today versus the way it was 50 years ago. Some of the memories may be faulty, but here they are:
    The opposition to bypasses by the Interstate went way beyond publishing ads in community newspapers. Towns along the proposed highways got their state legislators to support an “anti-bypass law” that prevented construction of a bypass until the community involved approved the plan, including the number of exits.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 16, 2013

    Las Vegas’ credit rating, according to Moody’s Investor Service, isn’t at all bleak. The credit rating company announced that it would reaffirm the city’s A1 rating for improvement revenue bonds issued last year. That’s good news for Las Vegas.


  • Nuestra Historia: Old Town off-limits to Camp Luna G.I.s in WWII

    In “Camp Luna, a Proud Tradition,” we recounted the history of the military training site, and today’s column relates only to a brief period in Camp Luna’s past, as we continue to explain the state of affairs in and between East and West Las Vegas before consolidation. (For Camp Luna’s history, see Nuestra Historia, Dec. 16, 2011.)