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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective: Economic development

    Economic Development in our community. One has to ask, why is this important element missing in our community?

    What must we do to encourage economic development?

    I believe there’s a methodical, well-thought-out process we must develop and implement to assist our local businesses, search out new businesses to bring to our city so as to expand growth, generate new business and create new jobs and enhance our tax base.

    Creating a plan of action:

  • The streets are not safer

    I want to comment on Tom Clayton, Mack Allingham, Richard Flores and the chief of Las Vegas Police Department on their false allegations they printed in the Optic and the words they used to accuse of doing, but not proved guilty, in a court of law. We as human beings have constitutional rights, civil rights and legal rights, including innocent until proven guilty.

    Yes, my son was arrested for drug trafficking and he has taken full responsibility for what he did. Not like this individual, they cannot take responsibility for their actions.

  • Let ‘em build

    We’re not convinced Allsup’s Convenience Stores Inc. can fully deliver on plans to build a new store at Grand Avenue and Seventh Street. But that’s not a good enough reason to stand in the way of the project.

  • Work of Art: An 88-year-old’s recollections

    By Art Trujillo

    In past columns I’ve devoted much lineage to the way things used to be, to my childhood and the dogged determination of hundreds of boys who worked six days a week to earn a few bucks selling Optics.

  • Excuses, excuses

    State education officials revoked the licenses of 22 teachers last year, 13 of whom were accused of sexual misconduct, according to an Albuquerque Journal report last week. But since Jay Quintana isn’t on that list, one must wonder if there should be more.

  • Publisher's Note: Development vs. preservation

    Last week’s meeting of the city Design Review Board was a classic example of the conflict between economic development and historic preservation.

    Well, maybe not a classic example. It was a Las Vegas example. In many parts of the country, economic development has the upper hand because people like to see money coming into town. In Las Vegas, however, some influential people prefer history because they figure that’s where our identity lies.

  • Commissioners aren’t listening

    The recent approval of those large wind turbines by the San Miguel County Commission is one of the most troubling decisions in recent years,and reflects a more pervasive problem from our adult leaders. They simply do not care what the people want and they seem to be oblivious to ethics and the outside perception of their actions.

  • Jim Terr and his sense of humor

    I grew up with the Terrs. Nancy and I were in the same grade.  Jimmy, her big brother, was a pretty funny guy. When my husband and I decided to marry in Las Vegas in 1980, Nancy suggested that I invite her dear brother Jim to play his western music at our reception.

    Jimmy’s first song was “Divorce.” What a  sense of humor, he has! Well, I loved  reading his poem (last week), so thank you for taking the risk and publishing it. It brought such warmth to my heart and soul, which still reside in  Las Vegas, N.M.