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Today's Opinions

  • Fires fought by many brave souls

    Fire has a way of casting a light on the true nature of people.  Over the past week, those of us in the Sapello-Rociada Volunteer Fire Department’s district saw the courage and caring of many people, not only in our district but throughout San Miguel and Mora counties. Two separate fires, the La Canada wildland fire and the Apodaca residence fire, were beyond the capacity of our fire department.  What’s more, high winds destroyed our radio repeater not once but twice — both times almost simultaneously with the threat of fire.

  • Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank the person(s) responsible for the return of my grandmothers lost purse at Walmart on Nov. 23. We are very grateful for the honesty.

    I am a firm believer in karma and I hope you are returned the good deed in the future.
    Again, thank you.

    Marc Pacheco
    Las Vegas

  • Issues facing our schools

    It’s good to see a healthy field of challengers in the races for the East and West school board positions. The contests will ensure that some debate about the issues facing our schools in Las Vegas.

  • Work of Art: Laugh? Thought I’d never start

    By Art Trujillo

    Rather than attempt Comedy Central, let me explain that I have absolutely no talent when it comes to telling those long, drawn-out, elaborate situational anecdotes that require a series of repetitive remarks (“and then the genie asked the third man ...) followed by a punchless line.

    In fact, where there’s laughter in my environment, it’s usually the result of some slip of the tongue, a one-liner, or something serendipitous, in which people are laughing at me rather than with me. And that’s all right too.

  • Quintana in bad form

    The Las Vegas Optic didn’t seek out LeeEtte Quintana for the latest episode of East’s superintendent saga. She sought us out, and we must admit to being mildly surprised that she would choose us as a way to criticize the school board for passing her over as interim superintendent.

  • As It Is: Thank you, Las Vegas

    A couple of years ago, I was walking to my car on the other side of town. It was during a big snowstorm.

    I was on Eighth Street around 7 p.m., my hood tied tight around my head. It was dark, so you couldn’t make out who I was. Snow covered me.

    A couple of women — looked to be in their 30s — stopped and asked me if I needed a ride to where I was going. They said I must have been cold.

    Their offer impressed me. They had no idea who I was. They didn’t know my race, my nationality, my economic status.

  • GOP doesn’t care about ‘fair share’

    Somebody should explain to the Republicans that “multimillion” and “billion” are not what is meant by small business. Republicans would cut wasteful spending. Let’s stop supporting our communities, educating our children. Let’s stop feeding the hungry. Too many of us are not millionaires. It seems absurd to subsidize the rich. Let us not dish out any money to people who receive Social Security.

  • Mil Gracias

    On Nov. 30, we had the misfortune to have had our mobile home destroyed by fire. We are extremely grateful to God for our safety and the many wonderful blessings he has given us. He brought us many angels to help us overcome this devastating trial in our lives.