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Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP - ANOTHER BIG RALLY. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally was another roaring success last weekend, with thousands of bikers showing up for a weekend of fun in the Meadow City. It’s only a few years old, and yet it’s getting bigger every year — and, with the money they spend, it’s helping the retailers around town.

  • Do the right thing for the veterans

    On July 1, San Miguel County stopped operating the veterans van. The van provided transportation for veterans with no other way to get to the V.A. Hospital in Albuquerque for medical treatment. The reason given for this action was “ the county was losing money.”

  • Desecration was likely a hate crime

    Having been away most of the summer, I was unaware of the desecration of grave markers at the Montefiore Jewish Cemetery and, to a lesser extent, at the adjoining Masonic Cemetery.  After learning about these acts, I visited the cemeteries to see for myself and saw a large number of markers toppled from their bases and in one case, most disturbingly,  a monument with a Jewish star which had been smashed.