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Today's Opinions

  • Publisher's Note: Who cares about apathy?

    The “Las Vegas United” piece I wrote a couple of weeks ago resulted in some positive feedback from readers. It seems a lot of people agree that this town needs to set aside its differences for the common good, and for that I’m thankful.

    However, it seems there’s another prevailing sentiment that didn’t occur to me until a couple of people pointed it out to me. This town, they told me, has too many people who just don’t care.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of la Fiesta de la Hispanidad, I wish to thank all the participants who performed last March 26 in Ilfeld Auditorium at the 17th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad. Each of you was an individual success, and I am deeply appreciative of you, your talent, and the hours spent in practicing for the time spent on stage. Your spirit of volunteerism and good will is what shapes and characterizes the soul of this event.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! ECONOMIC SHOT IN THE ARM. The pending sale of the old Maloof building on Bridge Street could turn out to be a real plus for the overall development of the area — especially if the buyer, the Historic Kiva Theater Group, is able to incorporate the building into a triplex movie theater.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 29, 2011
  • Showing Mercy: Protecting all children

    April is a month that brings many joys for many. For me, it marks a very important part of my life — a lesson learned from the past.

    Recently, Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. The announcement brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart to the governor. Her simple action will bring more attention to the prevention of the child abuse epidemic that plagues our state. From toddler Leland a few months ago to baby Briana a few years ago, our state has been ill stricken by the tragedy of child abuse.

  • Keeping it Simple: Resilience

    My column this time around is about resilience — the resilience of people in this community. I was going to begin my article by noting a litany of unfortunate events which have plagued Las Vegas in recent years; however, two Optic editorials have already beat me to it.

  • Nuestra Historia - Eugenio, Las Gorras Blanca and the Constitution

    It was at the momentous constitutional convention of  1910 that Eugenio Romero again emerged as a strong voice to protect the rights of Hispanic New Mexicans.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - Separating the war from the warrior

    “See those fields down there. They are not frijoles or corn, carnal. They are rice patties and we are not at home.”
    — Lorenzo Flores

    I had the pleasure of sitting down with Willie Salas in attempt to capture what the Vietnam War was to our sons, brothers, and fathers. In 1966 Willie didn’t go to the prom, he went to Vietnam. Willie went into the 1st Marine Division.