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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Recycling opportunity

    Las Vegas impressed some people last week, with a sizable turnout to a recycling meeting on the Highlands University campus. Alex Aragon, chairman of the city’s recycling task force who moderated the event, said members of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition were astonished with how many local people took an active interest in what they had to say.

  • As It Is: School websites' improving

    Recently, a Mora resident suspected nepotism in that community’s school district. This person said the district hired someone related to a school board member.

    I went onto the Mora school district’s website and found the district’s nepotism policy within minutes. It turns out that the hiring didn’t violate the policy because the new employee was a board member’s stepson, and stepchildren aren’t a covered category in the policy.

  • Letter: Medical marijuana case handled badly

    I am appalled at how law enforcement officers handled the case of the legal marijuana caregiver with his legal New Mexico license, in an article that appeared in this past week in the Optic newspaper.

     On July 28, I called 911 after finding the elderly man that I took care of, dead in his chair. He was also a patient on the New Mexico Medical Marijuana program, with John Emerick as his caregiver.

  • Letter: Thoughts for the new school year

    A new school year has started and I know I’m preaching to the choir but it never hurts to reinforce important facts. Teaching is a hard but rewarding job. Next to the parents, a teacher is the most important person in a child’s life. Educators spend a lot of time and energy and money to prepare for their professions. Presidents, governors, and all other important people in the world accomplished something because they had good teachers who recognized their talents and potential early in life. A teacher’s patience and dedication never go unrewarded.

  • Letter: More educating on recycling, please

    I was delighted to read in Friday's Optic that the city of Las Vegas is considering a new recycling hub. Until I read the article I wasn’t aware that Las Vegas was engaged in recycling at all. I am pleased to hear that they plan to improve their recycling program.

  • Letter: Editorial cartoon misrepresentative

    Do you really believe what is portrayed in this cartoon (which ran Sept. 1)? From all that I saw on TV, and read in the various news releases, the crowd that attended the (Glenn) Beck gathering were far from ignorant and they were not uninformed.

    I have a recording of (Martin Luther) King’s speech that I have heard dozens of times and I have always thought he was speaking to all of us. Beck was not “stealing the legacy.” There is much more hate and ill will expressed in this cartoon than appeared at the meeting.

  • Publisher's Note: Bad business

    It's no secret that the nation has been riding out a deep recession for a couple of years now. At the Las Vegas Optic, where I’ve been editor and publisher for nearly six years, we have faced these hard times by making tough decisions.

     Last year, for example, we made the move from carrier delivery of our newspaper to mailed delivery. It saved us money. Getting our product to our customers is a costly endeavor, and we were thrilled to find a more affordable option with the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    On Aug. 21, John’s Cowboy Kitchen in Mora held its second annual car show and hotrod run.