Today's Opinions

  • Evaluate teachers fairly

    There’s no question in our minds that the system used to evaluate teachers needs to change.

    Effective teachers have the power to change the course of a child’s life, and they deserve to be recognized for the great work they are doing. But there are also teachers who struggle in the classroom, and that, too, needs to be brought out in the evaluation process. A good evaluation system would flag those individuals who are struggling so that they can be given the opportunity to get additional training in hopes of turning them into effective teachers.

  • Work of Art — They fought the bypass

    It was in the early 1950s when then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower pushed through an act that created our Interstate Highway System.

    With any new construction there are fears — usually economic — that whatever project is being undertaken, things will change. Not convinced? Read out-of-town newspapers that frequently contain articles of this group, or that group opposing the construction of a new Wal-Mart.

  • Evolving medical care

    Whether you’re a fan of ObamaCare or not, it’s hard to argue with its goal of providing affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reducing the growth in health care spending.

    Like it or not, we, as a nation, need to figure out ways to make our health care system more efficient.
    That’s why the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s recent announcement about a new telemedicine program is so encouraging. 

  • Another Perspective — Making healthier choices

    By Parisa Mortaji and Sérgio Gonzáles

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 2, 2013


  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 2 , 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: The parachute factory & other LV enterprises

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Not all Las Vegas history has been consumed in political intrigue and power struggles, though politics has often dominated the story and evolution of the twin cities along the Gallinas. The other consistent thread which runs through Las Vegas history is that no other place in New Mexico has tried harder to attract industry and economic development — nor failed more woefully.

  • Noise ordinance should be enforced

    According to the Editorial in (last) Wednesday’s Optic, it seems that any existing noise and nuisance ordinances in Las Vegas should be, in a word, ignored at the time of the bike rally. The reason proffered is that the rally brings monies to Las Vegas and surrounding areas. Given this view, one wonders what other laws can be suspended or otherwise ignored provided monies are going into the city’s coffers?