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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Catholics give to Samaritan House

    On behalf of Samaritan House Inc., we are pleased to announce that we have received notice from The Catholic Foundation that our 2010 grant proposal sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church Parish has been approved for funding in the amount of $5,000. These funds will be solely used for the purpose of helping our organization with our food pantry program. Just as a note: Samaritan House is distributing food to over 220 households each and every month.

  • Letter: Just passing through this life

    On July 25, 14 years after my mother died on this date, we lost a daughter in-law to cancer, and a good friend, Cippy Gonzales, also died. They were both VIPs in my life as they would at times shed some sunshine on my path on a dark, rainy day. I know that it had been raining, but on Sunday, I was praying, crying, thinking of their smile, and their jokes, and I happened to stand below the skyline in my kitchen, when a giant drop of rain fell on my head. I took this as a sign they they were safe in our master’s arms.

  • Editorial: Disrespectful behavior

    When the press is asked to leave a meeting, there are usually legal ramifications. The state’s Open Meetings law applies, or doesn’t apply, to the question about whether the press, as the eyes and ears of the public, should be allowed access to the business of a particular meeting. We believe a Las Vegas Fiesta Council meeting should be open to the public — and, therefore, the press should be able to attend — because of the enormous amount of public funds spent on the summer fiestas. But we realize it’s a debatable point.

  • As It Is: The bunker mentality

    In the 1990s, another reporter and I were kicked out of a room where a union election was being held.

    My much older colleague told those present, “I’ve been kicked out of better places.”

    I’m always been tempted to use that line when someone is prepared to show me the door. But surprisingly, I have managed to hold my tongue.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The volunteers at El Comedor (the Tuesday evening soup kitchen at the Senior Center) would like to thank Chairman Mike Fields and the rest of the Rough Rider Rally Committee and Joe Aragon from the Department of Health for their donation of leftover barbecue chicken, potato salad and other goodies for our Tuesday evening meal. It was delicious and enjoyed by all who came.

  • Letter: Good reporting requires digging

    Was reading the article by David Giuliani “The decline in smoking,” in the Optic on Aug. 2, when half way through, I started smoking.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A LOCAL ATTRACTION. Last week, as part of Las Vegas’ Heritage Week, Fort Union Drive-in showed a free double feature, “Red Dawn” and “Convoy.” Both movies are among many with scenes shot in Las Vegas.

    The Meadow City is lucky to have a drive-in theater; it’s one of only two in New Mexico, the other being in Carlsbad. It contributes to the quality of life of our community, as a fun place to go on summer weekends.

  • Letter: Thoughts on local money, events

    Legislators brag about all the money allocated for Las Vegas, N.M., every legislative session. The highest paid educational and behavioral health positions in our humble little city all take their money right back to Santa Fe, N.M., where they reside.