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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - Double axels, double features

    Two things that generate a lot of nostalgia have been in the news lately: The prospect of bringing back the skating pond at Montezuma and the possibility of Las Vegas’ soon being without a drive-in theater.
    First the skating pond. It’s hard to pinpoint the year people stopped using the rink, located next to a steep cliff just beyond the community of Montezuma.

  • The school elections

    Tuesday’s a big day for area schools. It’s election day. At stake is who will lead the districts in Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos and elsewhere into the future.

    At this juncture, we have two hopes: One is that you’ll take the time, if you haven’t already, to cast your ballot. The other is that the Optic, through its reporting, has helped to inform and prepare you to make the most responsible decisions regarding the contested races for school board positions and bond requests that the districts are placing before you.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 4, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Save the drive-in

    Seems that for the past few years there’s been concern about how much longer the Fort Union Drive-In Theater will be able to remain open. And yet, year in and year out, owner Jeanna DiLucchio manages to produce another season of good movies starting on or near the Memorial Day weekend.

    Each year, however, it gets more and more challenging, because the movie industry is moving away from the 35 mm celluloid films that Fort Union depends on. In fact, according to DiLucchio, the industry has set 2013 as a cutoff year for such films. Instead, they’re going digital.

  • The naked truth about fracking

    Frank Splendoria’s letter to the editor (published Jan. 18) asserts that I have yet to provide “credible evidence” demonstrating fracking’s proven toxic legacy; specifically, calling one of my two sources cited (www.fraccidents.com) “unabashedly biased.” However, Mr. Splendoria neglected to provide any evidence of bias.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 1, 2013

    THUMBS UP! WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT? It’s long been a dream for all sorts of Las Vegas and area residents — to re-create the Montezuma Skating Pond — and a recent meeting breathed new life into the idea. Las Vegas City Council member Joey Herrera, and about a dozen people, including other city officials, the United World College and some Montezuma residents, are getting serious about reopening the pond to ice skating.

  • Nuestra Historia - La Voz del Pueblo and Félix Martinez

    At least in the case of Félix Martinez, there may be an answer to the age-old question whether the times make the man, or whether it is the man who makes the times. Martinez made a lasting and positive impact on the future of Las Vegas and New Mexico, and was a remarkable man — one of those Renaissance men whose legacies are immeasurable and enduring.

  • Another Perspective - Halting gun violence

    Our right to bear arms must be respected and honored, but responsible gun owners must recognize that principled compromises are necessary to ensure the public’s and our personal safety, and to preserve our treasured right to own firearms.