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Today's Opinions

  • ‘20 years behind the times’

    I don’t get it! We have had this water problem since the end of the 19th Century. This 500 percent increase that the mayor wants, is this going to solve our problem? 

    Maybe, because many of us will just not water what’s left of our  lawns.

  • A salute to our firefighters

    I’m writing this letter to share with you the great admiration I have for our City of Las Vegas firefighters, and the volunteer firefighters as well. Two weeks ago we went to the Las Vegas Fire Station with a group of United World College students who are interning with us at the Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center.

    I was so impressed by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We toured the office and dormitories, and then got to see the fire trucks and other equipment they use to save lives.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! COMMUNITY TRAGEDIES. Two homicides in as many days can really shake up a small town. Joseph H. Hernandez, 45, and Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, were killed in separate incidents only a few days ago. Two men, Richard Vigil, 47, and John Brito, 44, also of Las Vegas, face charges related to Hernandez’s death, while Clancy’s housemate, 52-year-old Tamara Smith, is charged in her death.

    All of these people — the victims as well as the suspects — resided in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 8, 2011
  • Keeping Pace: Five great years at the Optic

    Five years ago I walked into the Optic with my resume in hand, knowing that the last time I wrote for a newspaper was way back in 1973. I worked as a reporter for the Torii Teller, a slick little weekly news magazine covering the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Romero Brothers emerge

    In the first years of his freighting business, Miguel Romero and his five sons, and other family members, made the long  journeys themselves, but soon Don Miguel was able to hire and provide for the many teamsters who would drive his  wagons along the Santa Fe Trail.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - The wild, wild West

    “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children.”
    — Native American Proverb

    As a community member studied the first two panels erected across from the Spic & Span, he asked, where are the animals? Where are the bison, deer and elk? Be assured that the animals will be represented and are as much a part of our history as the people who depended on them for survival.

  • FFA raising it own funds

    This letter is in response to the tongue lashing given to the RHS FFA students at the recent Las Vegas City School board meeting. First of all I would like to clarify with Ms. Gloria Lovato-Pacheco that the money the students used was not given to the students by the city school board.

    Rather, that money was raised by the FFA students, parents and extended family members in order for these students to represent Robertson High School, the city of Las Vegas as well as the state of New Mexico at the National Convention.