Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 31, 2011
  • Work of Art: Not another dam dedication

    What was intended as a joyous occasion — a sign of real progress, with cake as the main course and punch as the chaser — might have instead appeared as an annoyance, if you read newspaper headlines.

    Let me explain:

    A recent issue of the Optic included a front-page photo spread on a ribbon-cutting for a the city’s newest diversion dam. About 50 city officials and townspeople boarded vans to go high up Gallinas Canyon, “to places some of you have never been before,” as Mayor Alfonso Ortiz expressed it.

  • Wasteful spending

    The West Las Vegas School district’s trip to “the other” Las Vegas is a good example of a bad decision being made on how to spend education dollars.

    First, some background. Every school district in the state, including West, is having to reign in spending in light of funding shortfalls. But not all of a district’s money comes from the same source, or goes into the same “general fund,” which explains why West’s Head Start program gets $21,680 annually in federal money for training and technical assistance.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 29, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Facts and opinions

    Facts are more important than opinions. That may seem like an obvious point, but given the times in which we live, it’s worth saying.

    Straight news reporting is the most valuable contribution being made to the national discussion, but you wouldn’t know that by observing the media’s behavior.

    I suppose it’s because the “most valuable contribution” isn’t always the most marketable. Opinion often sells better than fact.

  • Mil Gracias

    I played on the 2011 Las Vegas Little League 9-10 year old boys All Star team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses and families who graciously contributed  monetary donations for my travel expenses to the district tournament in Taos and the state tournament in Roswell.

  • Mil Gracias

    We would like to thank all our family, friends and neighbors for raising money for medical bills for Edward Fernandez from Cleveland, who is battling cancer. God bless you all.

    Edward and Shirley
    Fernandez and family

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! WHOLE LOT OF SHAKIN’. Colorado experienced its largest earthquake in 38 years just before midnight on Monday, when a magnitude 5.3 quake hit just south of Trinidad and north of the New Mexico line. Residents of northern New Mexico felt it as well — as far south as Springer, we hear.
    Meanwhile, the East Coast, while bracing for a hurricane, was shaken by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. Not since Barack Obama’s election has D.C. been so shaken up.