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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia: Tiny Martinez’s Revista Norteña

    Most of the three dozen or more newspapers published here since 1869 were short-lived and circulated during the time Las Vegas was New Mexico’s premier city, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and even the few that ran more than a decade did not survive beyond 1930. Since that time the Optic alone has endured, and though periodicals of one sort or another have emerged from time to time, they have been both momentary and inconsequential — with two notable exceptions.

  • Our Watershed: Alliance turns vision into action

    Editor’s note: This is the eighth and final column in a series that has been running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

  • What’s next for East?

    We applaud Las Vegas City Schools officials for persuading the state to kick in $750,000 in emergency supplemental funding to help the district get through this fiscal year.

    We also give the district, and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez in particular, credit for finally revealing that the true magnitude of the district’s shortfall for the current fiscal year is about $1.075 million.

    Under state law, public entities cannot end a fiscal year in the red.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 17, 2013
  • Work of Art - Toemaine poisoning?

    There’s no accounting for some people’s tastes — literally. Take the case of the Santa Fe man who for the third time has been charged with attempted atrocities on the foot of an ex-girlfriend.

    The last time, earlier this month, Daniel Anaya was arrested after the woman reported that he attacked her after tracking her down in her new home in Albuquerque. Police say Anaya allegedly tried to cut off her big toe with a cigar cutter.

  • Let’s tidy up Las Vegas

    A touch of irony surfaced during a recent meeting of the Las Vegas City Council, when City Attorney Dave Romero presented a report on run-down properties and other eyesores in the community. The city has ordinances to ensure that people enjoy health, safety and well-being. That includes being free from visual pollution.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 15, 2013
  • Dulcey Amargo - Winds of change

    Well, I’d prefer not to date myself, but for the sake of a more progressive society, I will! That’s just my wry way of saying that in the past half century — good grief, am I that old? — society has made great strides in its attitude toward its female members. Yes, we have to give due credit to the suffragettes of earlier times, but let’s take a brief look at some of the breakthrough elements.