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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Wind farm could bring jobs, money

     I am a local, who couldn’t find a job in San Miguel County and was forced to move away in search of work. Countless generations before me have made this same decision because politicians refuse to bring growth to San Miguel County. This is an example.

  • Letter: Great experience in camp setting

    What a fabulous treasure and blessing the Las Vegas area has in the Western Life Camp in Gallinas Canyon, and the owners, the Mel Root family. Last week the entire Menaul School community — teachers, students and brave parents -- camped, hiked, prayed, and played in the grass beneath the ponderosas of the mountains.

  • Letter: Criticism of council, Optic

    It is one sorry state of affairs when citizens may not criticize specific people. Who placed our elected representatives so high above us taxpaying citizens? Our representatives may not be mentioned in grievances? Why the double standard? How did our City Council come up with this policy?

    It sounds like something out of George Orwell’s “1984”!

  • Mil Gracias letter

    Thank you Las Vegas businesses for donating to the Activities for World Breastfeeding week:

  • Union, what's your secret?

    Those interested in our schools often focus on the win-loss records of the West Las Vegas and Robertson football teams. But we’d like to offer two numbers that are much more important for our community’s future — 72 and 76.

    The first number is the percentage of students at Union Elementary School who are deemed proficient in math. The second one is the percent who are proficient in reading.

  • 'Tu'? Or 'usted' instead?

    Here’s a brief primer on one important difference between English and Spanish. Somewhere along the linguistic ladder, people stopped using “thee” and “thou” in English, whereas the Romance languages, for example Spanish, retained forms like “usted.”

    I won’t speculate as to whether the use of particular word combinations determines respect, or lack thereof, or is the result of it. Which came first?

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... PARADE WINNERS. Congratulations to the winners of the Fiesta parade in July. They worked hard and should be applauded for their accomplishments.

    Thumbs DOWN for ... A LACK OF RECOGNITION. Unfortunately, the Fiesta Council hasn’t seen fit to give any recognition to the winners of the July parade. Judges were on hand during the parade, but we have yet to see the results.

    It’s time the council gave the winners some recognition.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. On a recent day, Bridge Street businesswoman Yvette Arellanes was seen in Old Town picking up litter around 7 a.m. as she was walking her dog.

    If more people followed her example, this town would become cleaner.