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Today's Opinions

  • Merger merits consideration

    Sen. John Arthur Smith is asking the state Higher Education Department to study whether it makes sense to merge New Mexico Highlands University with Luna Community College, and in our view, such a study would be worthwhile.

    Yes, a merger would be complicated, as pointed out by Highlands President Jim Fries. But on the surface, at least, there would seem to be some significant benefits to moving in that direction.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 19, 2013
  • Another Perspective — I-25 bypass changed Vegas

    Art Trujillo’s column in the Aug. 7 Optic brought back memories of the way Las Vegas is today versus the way it was 50 years ago. Some of the memories may be faulty, but here they are:
    The opposition to bypasses by the Interstate went way beyond publishing ads in community newspapers. Towns along the proposed highways got their state legislators to support an “anti-bypass law” that prevented construction of a bypass until the community involved approved the plan, including the number of exits.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 16, 2013

    THUMBS UP! MOODY’S REAFFIRMS CITY’S RATING
    Las Vegas’ credit rating, according to Moody’s Investor Service, isn’t at all bleak. The credit rating company announced that it would reaffirm the city’s A1 rating for improvement revenue bonds issued last year. That’s good news for Las Vegas.

    THUMBS DOWN! FLOODING HITS VEGAS

  • Nuestra Historia: Old Town off-limits to Camp Luna G.I.s in WWII

    In “Camp Luna, a Proud Tradition,” we recounted the history of the military training site, and today’s column relates only to a brief period in Camp Luna’s past, as we continue to explain the state of affairs in and between East and West Las Vegas before consolidation. (For Camp Luna’s history, see Nuestra Historia, Dec. 16, 2011.)

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 16, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Majestic animals deserve better

    At the risk of sounding ridiculous, I’m still going to throw this out there for Optic readers to ponder. Regarding the controversy of the horse slaughter house in New Mexico, I can’t help but wonder which side has the better reasoning; both sides appear to make sense, but I can’t get past the idea of slaughtering horses.

  • Keep debate on rally civil

    A few things occur to me after reading all of the letters to the editor about the bike rally.

    One is that those who are truly convinced of the merits of their positions do not need to resort to sarcasm, personal criticism of others and preposterous suggestions concerning how to handle the ever-burgeoning bike rally and issues arising from it.