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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias - July 20, 2012

  • ‘Disindependence’ for Las Vegas

    What a sad day for the descendants of the Spanish/Mexican-speaking settlers of our region. Our Fiesta Queen was hijacked from her home at Our Lady of Sorrows. The Fiesta Queen es La Reina de Las Fiestas de Nuestra Señora de Dolores de Las Vegas Grandes. She didn’t pull the train into Las Vegas in the late 1870s, nor is she a firecracker. She represents the settlement of the Las Vegas Land Grant way before the Easterners brought their celebration to our community.

  • ‘Outside’ water rates not fair

    We live on NM 65, the road to Montezuma, right beneath Bradner and Peterson Dams. One of the main water lines that the city gets its water from runs right along NM 65, next to my front yard. Yes, the city of Las Vegas gets its water from outside city limits.

  • Delighted with the fire station news

    I live on the edge of a very large forest. Therefore, fire is a very large priority, whether it be forest or house fire. I am delighted to learn from a recent Optic story that we will have a third fire station in this very large area. This station will be up in the Sapello Canyon, near San Ignacio.

  • Viewpoints
  • Necessary increases

    Anyone who has been keeping up with Las Vegas city politics knew a proposal to increase water rates was coming. It has been widely discussed since last year, when a preliminary engineering report recommended spending $120 million over the next 40 years on the city’s water system.

  • A genius like Norman Einstein

    Remember a few years back that a pair of human spell-checkers made the news for traipsing around the country making corrections to signs they believed contained errors? For their efforts, the language-fixers, Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, got banned from certain national parks.

    I wrote about this team who would arm themselves with Sharpies, erasers, adhesive tape and righteous indignation. They’ve faded from the news, but if they wanted an assistant, I’d try to join them.

  • School grades and GPAs

    New Mexico education officials have released their final scores for the 2011-2012 school year, gleaned from their new approach to evaluating school performance. For each school in the state, the Public Education Department has started tallying up points from five categories, then adding in bonus points where applicable to come up with a single A-through-F grade for each of the state’s school — thereby replacing Adequate Yearly Progress assessments that was previously being used as part of the federal No Child Left Behind initiative.