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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... ONE LESS CHOICE. Travis Regensberg was planning to offer voters another choice for District 70 state representative, but because of some confusion at the secretary of state’s office, his name won’t be on the ballot.

    That’s one less candidate on the Nov. 2 ballot and, unfortunately, one less choice for voters. But on the upside, voters still have a choice, as Democratic incumbent Richard Vigil faces Republican challenger Mel Root for the state House position.

  • Editorial: Ensure the intent

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz isn’t one to shy away from taking the initiative. Since entering office earlier this year, he’s taken the lead on a number of hot-potato issues, even when he’s had to ruffle a few feathers. Perhaps it’s because he’s not interested in a second term. Or maybe it’s because he doesn’t want politics to get in the way of community progress.

  • Work of Art: Abandon hope, all ye ...

    The entrance to hell bears the following admonition: “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” That message, part of the 14th-century work, The Divine Comedy, by Dante, came to mind as I listened to a couple of famous people who should know better.

    Consider: The language of Shakespeare and Milton is being reduced to a few (very few) mono-syllables designed mainly to pique one’s interest in partyin’, eatin’, cruisin’, and meetin’.

  • Editorial: State inquiry is welcome

    State Auditor Hector Balderas said his office will look into the reasons for the unexpected tax increase in the Las Vegas City Schools district. We are glad his agency will do so.

    It’s been more than two weeks since this controversy surfaced, but the school district has yet to come up with a solid explanation as to what happened and why.

  • As It Is: Who is the Tejana?

    One of my New Mexico Avenue neighbors has posted a big sign that reads, “No Tejana Susana.”

    That’s a good rhyme. But does it really matter that Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez was born and raised in El Paso?

    Sure, we have a rivalry with Texas. While El Paso is officially part of the Lone Star State, it doesn’t seem to belong to that goliath of a state. You don’t hear the Texas drawl in El Paso like you do in other parts of that state.

  • Letter: Let's revisit issue of consolidation

    At the risk of offending about half the people in Las Vegas, it may be a good time to resurrect the debate on the consolidation of Las Vegas’ two school districts. The most important reason is to finally determine the cost savings if the two districts’ administrative functions are combined as one.

  • Letter: Let's not risk our religious freedom

    Please think carefully about whatever precedents we might set in hasty problem solving.

    Were we able to forbid a house of worship within two blocks or more of a national shrine, we would need to ban all new houses of worship within the same distance of any battleground or scene of destruction. Such a law might prove unpopular as well as unconstitutional.  

  • Letter: Hermanos group provided supplies

    The Optic carried a story about the state PED’s distribution of backpacks for 41 schools out of the 89 school districts in New Mexico. The backpacks were filled with school supplies. During the press conference, state Secretary of Education-designee Susanna Murphy told the media that these backpacks would help 8,300 to 10,000 students around the state that are in crisis.

    Here in Las Vegas, three gentlemen took it upon themselves to alleviate this problem that Dr. Murphy spoke of.