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Today's Opinions

  • Block must resign

    While we’re usually glad to defer to the wisdom of the voters, in the case of Jerome Block Jr. we must say that he never should have been elected in the first place. Northern New Mexico did a disservice to itself by choosing him to represent District 3 on the Public Regulation Commission.

  • Handwriting off the wall

    Remember those looping, joined-up letters that for centuries have stood as signs of education and sophistication? We used to call that bit of artistry penmanship, or, so as not to offend anyone, let’s call it “penpersonship.”

  • A nation downgraded

    Standard & Poor’s lowering of the United States’ credit rating for the first time in history is a sign  that America is in decline. The reasons are obviously economic, blatantly political and, to an extent, voluntary.

    Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way.

    The consequences of the S&P downgrade will be higher interest rates, which will result in direct hits to the housing market and new car sales.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 8, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: The desalination alternative

    Let me add to our July 29 report on the consultants’ presentation about Las Vegas’ water situation and how best to address it, thanks to managing editor Martin Salazar and the massive amount of notes he took at the meeting.

  • Wrestlers say thanks for support

    Three Las Vegas high school wrestlers were selected as members of the Northern New Mexico Select Team that recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the “Disney Duals.” Wrestlers Michael Pierce, Dominic Yara and Dominic Lucero spent five days wrestling up to 12 matches against other states’ best wrestlers. The experience was invaluable as each wrestler prepares for the upcoming wrestling season.

  • Letter to editor was a racist rant

    I’m surprised the Optic printed “A rebuttal to July 4 editorial” — such a racist rant.

    So, Las Vegas is poor because the wealth of privileged white people hasn’t trickled down to their victims here, huh?

    Of course, being born white is a guarantee of wealth and privilege.
    Not quite. My father’s people were Scottish immigrant dirt farmers who lost everything in the Nebraska Dust Bowl. And yet, the family’s four children all worked their way through college and became successful.

  • The ever-changing world we live in

    This world that I live in is changing so fast I really can’t keep up. A visit with some of the family I don’t see very often brought that home in a big way. Seems like every time I turned around, someone had a phone/camera/Ipod type device aimed and shooting at either one of us or something that was of interest at the time. My question is, what do they do with all of these pictures?