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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Saturday’s “Jamboree for Japan” was a rousing success — and a lot of fun to boot. Members of First United Methodist Church, students from United World College and other volunteers organized various “booths” in the basement of the church for such things as how to make origami and paper lanterns, write haiku poems, use chopsticks, and more.

    And the $10 admission also got you a full meal. It was all to benefit Japanese people suffering after the effects of last month’s earthquake and tsunami.

  • Nuestra Historia - Trinidad goes to Washington

    As concerns the next several columns in particular, I humbly acknowledge the scholarly writings of Ralph Emerson Twitchell, Lynn Perrigo and  Maurilio Vigil, as well as the personal history imparted to me by John Paul Taylor and by my dear friend since childhood, Arabella Romero Aragon, Don Miguel Romero’s great-great-granddaughter.

  • Orgullo del Norte -The doctrine of Manifest Destiny

    “Our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions. Yes, manifest destiny.”
    — John O'Sullivan, editor of the Democratic Review

    While the inhabitants of El Norte were busy tending to their crops, families and sheep, President James Polk, a Democrat, was giving his inauguration speech. On the night of his inauguration, he confided to the Secretary of the Navy that his main objective was the acquisition of California.

  • Rebuttal to board member’s words

    The tongue-lashing FFA students got at the last board meeting was way out of line. Statements made by Gloria Lovato-Pacheco, newly installed to the board that very evening, came off sounding quite inflammatory against a group of some of the hardest working students at Robertson.

    As parents of FFA students, we thought a few clarifications might be helpful to the Optic readers.

  • Support the city for water solution

    Las Vegans, let’s listen to our Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and City Manager Timothy Dodge. Let’s request through these men help from federal and state governments for our water problem here in Vegas. We don’t want to wait until the last minute when our lives will be in danger because we did not attend to our serious water problem on time.

  • What it’s not, and what it is

    It’s not the workers. It’s not their wages. It’s not the unions. It’s not all the other things the ruling class politicians are blaming.

    To borrow, out-of-context, a line from Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, “The word, Mr. President, is war.”

    War is making us poor.

    Pat Leahan
    Las Vegas
     

  • Bureaucrat-elites are taking over

    In the name of “security” we lose our rights (see Patriot Act):

  • Coop trying to hijack trustee election

    Board Chairman Dan Romero and some of our board members are attempting to hijack the May 10 Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s trustee election. Chairman Dan Romero, who is running for District 4 position, and some of our board members have conspired to control the District 4 election by holding the election in a district that I believe cannot make quorum.

    Only one voting site has been selected. The election will be held in the far eastern district five miles from Dan Romero’s (Romeroville-Tecolote) home; but as far as 50 miles from voters in our district.