Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 17, 2013
  • Work of Art — Zip-adee-do, Dad!

    “Nice going, Hemingway!” I thought to myself as this 230-pound body, tethered to a harness, sped down a slope called Inspiration Point, near Branson, Mo.

    Imagine a 75-year-old man fantasizing about running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, a subject Ernest Hemingway wrote about, or in the style of George Plimpton, imagining that an average writer would play quarterback for the Detroit Lions, the inspiration for “Paper Lion,” a book and movie about such an accomplishment.

  • Dysfunction at Luna

    Just when you think things can’t get any worse at Luna Community College they do.

    Key employees are fleeing. The president is being forced to get permission for the most basic of decisions, such as posting a job description for a position that is already budgeted or hiring a janitor who received the highest ranking from a committee. And some board members seem more intent on twisting facts, creating chaos and rigging the system to benefit themselves and their family members than on doing what’s best for the institution and its students.

  • Another Perspective - The right to ban fracking

    Splashed across the front pages of the Optic several weeks ago, Danelle Smith’s legal opinion on the constitutionality of the Las Vegas anti-fracking ordinance has certainly drawn some attention.

    But what Smith’s opinion doesn’t mention is even more important than what it does.

    Indeed, you could look through it for hours — days even ­— and you’d fail to find an answer to the one basic legal question that Smith specifically avoided.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 12, 2013

    A lot of credit for the smooth operation of the just-concluded 4th of July Fiestas goes to the committee that organized them. Equipment worked well, events were punctual, cleanup crews kept the park spiffy, and people left with good feelings. Of course, anyone who knows of recent drought conditions in this area appreciated the rain that got mixed in with the festivities.


  • Editorial Cartoon - July 12, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: How Gov. Cargo won San Miguel County, twice

    Gov. David Cargo loved San Miguel and Mora counties, and never tired of expressing his affection for the people of this area. A Republican, he was especially proud that both times he ran for governor he carried San Miguel County, a Democratic bastion.

  • Another Perspective - Schools not funded adequately

    Recent events at Las Vegas City Schools surrounding the budget have led to finger pointing and confusion. The local teachers’ union has resisted another cut in pay for teachers (in exchange for days off), also known as furlough days. Some people think that jobs may have been saved had the local NEA leadership agreed to the furloughs. While this may be true, there’s more to it than that.