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Today's Opinions

  • Bad schools hurting our community

    I have just read, in one sitting, an entire summer’s worth of Optics. It was a totally dispiriting endeavor. This is not an indictment of Optic content, but of what is occurring in our community.

    The most damning stories, for me, are those chronicling the nonsense that passes for administration and management at Las Vegas City Schools. It defies logic that the two principals whose schools’ grades approach reasonable performance standards per the State of New Mexico are the two that have been RIFed.

  • Reader favors merger of LCC, HU

    I was happy to read that Sen. (John Arthur) Smith is recommending the merger of Luna Community College and Highlands University.

    The past events at LCC have been nothing but controversial. The CEO has done nothing but supply pork to the school only to maintain his position. Yes he is leaving but he has done little to nothing to move the college forward.

    Mr. (Abelino) Montoya has only added to the problems by refusing to work with his fellow elected trustees. This is nothing more than politics as usual in the area.

  • Tale of two cities must end

    I do not disagree with (Joe McCaffrey’s column), and I hope he does not get lumped in with the rest of us “extreme radicals” for voicing his concerns and suggestions toward the different issues impacting our fair city.

    The emphasis on the “fracking” issue is well warranted, but in no way addresses the many concerns the disenfranchised in our community are facing daily.

  • Mil gracias - Sept. 6, 2013

    I was saddened to hear of Mr. Horace Lucero’s retirement (as probate judge). I would like to thank him for his assistance and professionalism during our time of need. My family and I were in the process of changing the names on my parent’s home, and it became a huge debacle being I lived on the East Coast at that time.

  • Nuestra Historia: Mayor Junio Lopez and his ‘All American City’

    In 1958, 33-year-old Republican Junio Lopez was elected mayor of West Las Vegas, following 20 years of Democratic control in Old Town, in an era when municipal elections were vigorously partisan.

    Since it became a municipality in 1903, the Town of Las Vegas was governed by a mayor and four trustees, and elected along with Lopez were all Republican trustees, including Ernest (Ernie) Olivas, Johnny Korte and Cleofes (Coke) Romero, Jr. Led by Lopez, the group would undertake the most ambitious transformation of Old Town since it was founded in 1835.

  • Editorial Roundup: Newspaper opinions from around the nation - Sept. 6, 2013

    The Gadsden (Ala.) Times on school districts, students rejecting healthier lunches (Sept. 3):
    Who turns down free money? Some school districts across the United States are, with a rousing “Enough!” to the National School Lunch Program and its new emphasis on healthier fare.
    The NSLP spends $11 billion a year on reimbursing schools for meals served and giving them access to lower-priced food.

  • Partnership is good for city

    Congratulations to the city of Las Vegas and the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico for coming together to forge a partnership that we believe will benefit our community.

    The city has an animal shelter and a responsibility to deal with stray cats and dogs in our community. The Animal Welfare Coalition is a nonprofit organization that has dedicated itself to ensuring that animals in this area are treated humanely.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 4, 2013