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Today's Opinions

  • San Miguel County can do better

    When oil companies donate to conservation groups, it’s called “reputation insurance.” Questionable businesses donate to schools to be “good neighbors.”

    Industrial wind energy is very big business. Subsidized by government via taxpayers, wind developers are surfing the green wave of renewable energy.

  • Plan will likely hurt, not help

    I read with concern about the plan of the Las Vegas City School Board to improve student performance at struggling schools in the district. The idea, as presented in the Optic, seems to be this. Students at Paul D. Henry are performing well. That means that the teachers at Paul D. Henry must be doing a good job. So the obvious conclusion is that if we move those good teachers to other schools, the performance of the students at the other schools will improve.

  • Mil Gracias

    This is a comment on my recent stay at Alta Vista Hospital for my second knee replacement surgery.

    The care I received at the hospital is second to none. I give high praise for the complete staff from the floor people to the administration.Thank you for a pleasant and friendly stay.

    John J. Seaton
    Las Vegas

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 6, 2011
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! GETTING IT DONE. The city is clearly getting serious about its efforts to clean up blighted areas of town. A couple of weeks ago, crews began the task of hauling away about 150 vehicles, owned by Tony Ortega, near Interstate 25, and last week they took on Bob Dalton’s property across from Robertson High School, hauling off about a half dozen dump truck loads of trash and other debris.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Run-on sitting

    All my life, April has symbolized for me a “hunker down, tie up loose ends, add another year to your age” month. This year, it turned out to be an inflated caricature of all that.

    Years ago, as a developmental studies and education instructor at NMHU, I tried to impress upon my students the need to practice sensible time management. Plan ahead, budget your time, set goals, determine priorities and work toward meeting them incrementally, allowing for potentially unforeseen obstacles. This month, I found myself subjected to my own preaching.

  • Nuestra Historia - Benigno, father of the State Hospital

    Created by territorial law in 1889, the New Mexico State Hospital opened its doors in May 1893, and since that time has been the mainstay of the Las Vegas economy.  

    In recent history,  the number of employees at the hospital has hovered  around 1,000, and few in this area have not had one or more family members employed at the hospital. Needless to say, the area economy may not have survived through the years without the State Hospital.

  • Orgullo del Norte - Unsung heroes of World War II

    “We wanted to make a difference. We wanted to let the country know we weren’t second-class citizens.”
    — Clarence Graham

    Spain was an ally to the newly formed United States of America. Every man of the Spanish colonies in the Americas (Spanish and Indian) was asked to pay a $2 war tax to support the American Revolution. In addition to money, the Spanish sent its military. The Spanish navy kept the British out of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. This critical move cut off all reinforcements to Cornwallis at Yorktown in October 1781.