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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Give city a seat, then move forward

    Las Vegas is the annual Fourth of July Fiesta, and the Fiesta is Las Vegas.

    The enormous undertaking of the Fiesta Council may not be fully realized by the rest of us.  For years the council has successfully put on the best Fiestas, second to none. We owe much gratitude to those serving and those who have served on this very important council.

    Not being privy to all the facts of what happened this year, I can only say that since the city contributes a large amount in services, it seems logical that the city be represented in this council.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... SEPTEMBER 11 RESIDUALS. On the eve of the ninth year since “our world changed,” we can’t help but ponder our national condition. We are winding down one war that we were deceptively pushed in to, while escalating another war that, had we kept our focus, may have been resolved years ago. And at home, we’re arguing over the right of a particular religion to build near our future national monument at ground zero.

    Let’s hope we’re doing better at the 10 anniversary.

  • Letter: Remembering a sister's spirit

    My sister died on Aug. 29 of cancer. She bravely battled this wretched disease.  In Timothy, Chapter 4,  he said: “He peleado la buena batalla, he terminado la carrera, he guardado la fe.” In English, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

  • Letter: A well-written, reasonable letter

    I opened the Sept. 6 Optic to find what I thought was an opening volley in the race for New Mexico’s governor. Instead Susie Tsyitee’s letter was well-written, clear, to the point and, most importantly, it didn’t attack anyone. It was a pleasure reading her letter and while I may disagree with Ms. Tsyitee’s political preferences, I certainly will examine the stands of both candidates.

    Milton Deemer

    Las Vegas

     

  • The Fiesta meeting

    When folks ask us if the Optic has an agenda, we readily admit that we do — pushing openness.

    In August, the Las Vegas Fiesta Council saw fit to kick out the public at the beginning of its meeting. That meant that City Councilwoman Diane Moore, 2009 Fiesta queen Carmela Montoya and an Optic reporter had to leave.

    The reason given: The council planned to discuss pending litigation.

  • Work of Art: Time to 'tutear'

    Last week’s column on the use of “tú” and “usted” taught me a word that I would have thought of purely as slang, something conjured up for the nonce, for lack of the precise word, like when we use “typiar” as Spanish for “to type.”

    We invent words. We give them the familiar Spanish verb ending and sometimes get by. To “wreckear” un carro is common, and to “watchar” one’s back has become a language staple for many.

  • 1st Amendment is trump card

    It doesn’t take much for the government to violate people’s constitutional rights. That’s why Americans have to be ever-vigilant to prevent this from happening.

    We in the media have a special responsibility to fight this cause, given that our whole industry depends on the First Amendment.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of the children at La Plaza Little League, we would like to extend a big thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers in helping us make the 2010 season a great success and a memorable one for our young athletes. See you next year!