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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. We knew to expect some cuts to governmental operations, but closing the recreation center on Sundays? Ouch. That hurts — especially just before the summer months, when a cool dip in the pool is so tempting.

    Still, Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge is looking at a way to provide minimum staffing just to keep the wellness area open on Sundays. We’re glad to see such a possibility being considered, but we’re sorry such a cutback on such a valuable public service is necessary.

  • Letter: Optic didn't ask enough questions

    People generally believe that a newspaper article or an “official report” is accurate and honorable. In reality, that is not always the case.

  • Work of Art: A proud alumni of Highlands

    When Gilbert Sanchez was president of Highlands University, his office routinely presented some attractive lapel pins to employees who had also graduated from there. That included a large number of us.

    When I received mine, I asked Sanchez whether I needed to share it with another, my wife maybe. “Why?”  “Well, the pin had the word ‘alumni.’”

  • Letter: 'Frustration' more like it

    Please be fair: “Tea Party frustration” is accurate in contrast to the “Tea Party hypocracy” column by David Giuliani. Frustration because our U.S. representatives will not address our concerns of fiscal irresponsibility and heavyhanded regulations and taxes stifling free enterprise and employment.

    Concerns of national debt are valid: Our children and grandchildren cannot possibly hope to pay off the debt. April 15 tax collections cannot even cover interest due on loans, and some of these loans are from some enemy nations!

  • Editorial: Not always so simple

    The problem with conventional wisdom is that sometimes it’s incomplete. That’s the lesson we want to pass along to this year’s graduates.

  • Letter: Water director needs degree

    I would just like to say there was a time when Las Vegas citizens could water every day and could wash their cars, being a mountain community. In most cities, the water is recycled. Here in Las Vegas, N.M., the water is received from snowfalls and rain as well.

    On the first week of April 2010, I saw a job posting in the Optic in regards to a position I believe was water director. The job description read the qualifications were a high school and experience and/or some experience, equal to a bachelor’s. This most important position requires an engineering degree.

  • Editorial: 50 percent turnout

    Last week’s forum for San Miguel County Commission candidates, sponsored by this newspaper in conjunction with the Committee For the People, was lively and informative — and incomplete. Only three of the six candidates running showed up.

  • Letter: Thoughts for this year's graduates

    Every year around graduation time, I like to share a message to all graduating students from President George Bush Sr. On the day he was sworn in, he gave the following advice to all young people: