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Today's Opinions

  • Domestic spying

    The revelation last week that the U.S. government is collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans and that it also secured a secret court order allowing the National Security Agency and FBI to tap directly into the servers of major U.S. internet companies, including Google and Facebook, is troubling.

    President Obama and others defend the programs, calling them a necessary defense against terrorism. Privacy advocates are up in arms, arguing that the government shouldn’t be spying on its citizens without probable cause.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 10, 2013
  • Dulcey Amargo - The big freeze!

    Even as a child, I looked forward to the warm days of summer. I wasn’t a sedentary child by choice, but a bout with rheumatic fever at about age 6, left me a bit fragile and caused me to be homebound for better than half of my second grade year of school.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 7, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! DOWNED POWER LINES
    Fire officials say a downed power line sparked the large Tres Lagunas Fire, which is burning about 10 miles north of Pecos. Windy conditions, low humidity and high temperatures have made it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze, which started May 30 and has already consumed more than 9,000 acres. Let’s hope that this fire isn’t a sign of things to come for this area.

    THUMBS UP! CLOSING PART OF THE FOREST

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 7, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Index to Nuestra Historia, Part 1

    Many Optic readers have saved all or most Nuestra Historia articles since the column first appeared Jan. 7, 2011, and by now have accumulated a substantial pile of unruly clippings consisting of 126 separate columns containing more than 100,000 words.

    Scores of you have informed the writer that in attempting to retrieve a particular story, fact or photograph, your search through past columns has become time-consuming and cumbersome.

  • Nuestra Historia: Index to Nuestra Historia, Part 1

    Many Optic readers have saved all or most Nuestra Historia articles since the column first appeared Jan. 7, 2011, and by now have accumulated a substantial pile of unruly clippings consisting of 126 separate columns containing more than 100,000 words.

    Scores of you have informed the writer that in attempting to retrieve a particular story, fact or photograph, your search through past columns has become time-consuming and cumbersome.

  • Recall doesn’t make sense

    After all these years, after all the talk and money, Las Vegas is finally on its way to resolving its water problem. Hallelujah!

    The city changed its Charter to give a mayor a reasonable time period, four years, to fix its most vexing problem. Wise!

    Now the city has that mayor, Alfonso Ortiz, and some want to recall him. Loco!

    Frank Splendoria
    Gascon