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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Note - Election criteria

    Maybe it’s all the forums. I listened to bits and pieces of the radio station forums for the council and mayoral candidates. I attended the Community Water Board forums. Now I’m in the middle of moderating the Optic’s candidate forums. And next week I plan to attend the two business-specific mayoral forums being sponsored by the Las Vegas Independent Business Alliance.

  • Politics and the charter issue

    The challenge to the charter is still top news and one has to wonder why Mr. Timothy Dodge, the city manager, feels compelled to offer opinion. He states “This is one of the issues where I’m going to have to make a decision and it may not be the politically popular decision to make.”

  • Candidate now supports Dodge

    I talked to Tim Dodge (Wednesday) and the answer I gave at the Optic’s candidates forum was based on misinterpretation of a remark by Tim Dodge.  

    Now that I correctly understand his remark, I fully support his retention as city manager. I would enjoy working with Tim.

    Joe McCaffrey
    Las Vegas
    Council candidate, Ward 3

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM. While the turnout at Monday night forum wasn’t so impressive (there were about 50 in the audience) the candidates themselves made the evening interesting and enlightening. And with 100 percent attendance from the eight candidates seeking to replace Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore on the Las Vegas City Council, they all had their say.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 17, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 17, 2012
  • Another Perspective - Mora County Courthouse

    By Thomas M. Sanchez

    The Mora County Commission held two public meetings in recent months to hear public input on steps to move forward with the Mora County Complex.

    Last December, local residents participated in an open public meeting to express concerns about the project as well as suggestions for taking steps to complete the project. Additionally, during a commission meeting in late January, residents had another opportunity to provide input on a request for funding for the Mora County Complex for submission to the New Mexico State Legislature.

  • Nuestra Historia - The handshake that doomed statehood

    After New Mexico became a Territory in 1850, statehood was not seriously considered by Congress for another quarter century. Then, on a fateful day in 1875, an assenting handshake proved disastrous, and delayed admission for yet another 35 years.

    During its 62 years as a Territory, New Mexico sent 18 delegates to Congress, equally divided between Hispanics and Anglos. They included seven Democrats and 11 Republicans.