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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: No war machines flying overhead

    Regarding the Air Force proposal to do low flying training missions over northern New Mexico: I am married to a war veteran.  PTSD is a daily reality in our home.  Any reminders of the traumas of war are very unwelcome.

    The sounds of the war machines set off the hypersensitive adrenal glands, rattle the frayed nerves, unleash the painful memories.

    How many veterans of how many wars seek solace in the quiet spaces of northern New Mexico?

  • Letter: Keep mosque out of ground zero

    People are people and we have friends from many cultures and religions but the Cordoba Mosque seems like more of a political statement than just “freedom of religion.” In 711 AD, Islam conquered Spain and in the city of Cordoba, as a statement, razed the Christian church there and erected their mosque. There are many examples of this happening in their conquests. Now, after 9/11, they want to erect the “Cordoba” mosque at ground zero in spite of the governor of New York offering land elsewhere.

  • Commentary: Keeping It Simple

    I want to thank those Optic readers who contacted me about my last article (“Saving things for just in case”) and shared their own saving oddities with me.

    Comedian Ellen DeGeneres likes to poke fun at common day occurrences such as the difficulty in opening a well packaged new CD, or wrestling with a toilet paper dispenser while sitting in a commode at a public bathroom. This article is sorta like what Ellen does, but the focus is on the tendency we human beings have toward trying to outdo each other in almost everything.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank the merchants and persons from Las Vegas that made our Feast Day at Our Lady of Sorrows Church a great success.

    I would like to thank every one who purchased raffle and dinner tickets from me. Thanks to the merchants that were so generous in donating certificates that were used for door prizes, that were given out at the Parish Hall.

  • It's a person's purrogative

    Readers of this column may recall treatises on single words and short phrases. Over the years, I’ve tackled individual words like “so” and its myriad meanings; “myriad,” “like,” “ya know” and “sorry.” More recently, there was a bilingual plunge into the words “tú” and “usted.”

  • Cut from the top

    We’re not infatuated with tax increases, but we feel compelled to consider the future based on today’s realities. And one of the realities the next governor will face is a serious shortage of money.

    There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about this — especially in a city like Las Vegas where state-supported jobs are prevalent — not the least of which is school funding. A little sidestep last summer illustrates the looming severity of the situation.

  • Did the secrecy help anyone?

    Can you imagine if the Police Department stopped releasing information on those they arrested and, instead, said that would be the responsibility of the suspects?

    Very few people would want to announce to the world that they had been arrested. That’s information they’d prefer to keep secret.

    But this scenario is business as usual for the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Recently, a lawsuit filed by parents of the Robertson High School football team assault victims indicated that the team had been placed on probation for two years in 2006.

  • Letter: Children and the race for governor

    I am a member of the New Mexico Pediatric Society and I provide for the health of the children of Las Vegas. I am one of many pediatric colleagues from around the state who is concerned that the gubernatorial candidates address the issues that affect children and their families.

    In July we submitted the following letter to both candidates. We have not yet heard a substantial reply. Again we ask them to address our concerns and we urge all New Mexicans to ask the candidates these same questions.

    Dear  Ms. Denish and Ms. Martinez: