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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Ortiz ignores political rule

    Sometimes it seems as if there’s a rule in politics that officeholders must run for re-election — or at least leave the question open until the very end. But if it’s a rule, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is ignoring it.

    This week, Ortiz, just five months into his two-year term, revealed that he doesn’t plan to run again in 2012.

  • Letter: Martinez did great job running fiestas

    I would like to comment on the fiestas this year.

    There are 15 couples from Denver, Colo., who stay at the Sunshine Motel and there are four couples who stay at the Best Western motel for the fiestas. This was our 17th year in a row going to the fiestas.

    I would like to let you know that we had a great time this year. We especially like the fact that the tree was not closed off this year for some of the elderly to sit and watch the entertainment you had.

  • As It Is: Mathew and Matt

    With all of the publicity lately about the Fiesta Council, some are getting confused about who council President Mathew Martinez is.

    Some have mixed him up with Matt Martinez, who runs radio station KNMX and is a former mayor.

    I can see why some are confused because Mathew Martinez used to have a morning radio show on KNMX and still does some work for the station.

    Also, both men lead local groups that have seen considerable controversy in recent times.

  • Editorial: What if Vegas grows?

    Las Vegas is like many others towns: It extends its utilities to people outside city limits. This is a common practice.

    Recently, the San Miguel County Commission approved a 46-lot subdivision called Óxido north of Las Vegas. The developer seems to have created a good plan for the subdivision.

    But we’re still concerned that the development is poised to get water, natural gas and trash pickup service from the city.

  • Letter: Optic editor too judgmental

    Is there nothing that escapes your observation? Do you feel you must comment on every perceived wrong? Barriers were set up to protect my right of egress and ingress into my home. If I were to ask the city, the police or the organizers of the fiesta event to please recognize my right to get to my home, I would still be waiting.

  • Letter: Voters will still decide elections

    I would like to respond to the letter of Kathleen Dudley, co-founder of Drilling Mora County. She states who will be the winners before the election is held. It seems to me that we should let the people of Mora County decide who they want in office first, instead of someone making comments for the people of More County. How does she know who is going to win the election without the election being held? Also for the drilling, I think it should be left up to the landowners of Ocate and not outsiders telling the landowners what to do with their land.

  • Letter: All-Star weekend gone wild

    I am writing in response to the disturbing events that took place during the recent All-Star Tournaments in Raton. I work for a lodging establishment in Raton and during the entire week of the tournaments I would have to say that I am ashamed of the coaches, parents and the teams who raised havoc on our establishment.

  • Letter: Message is loud and clear

    I read with disbelief the Optic’s story “Man charged with sex crime” on July 19. I do not know the particulars of this story, but the message to the public is loud and clear: If you are a government worker, have children or are about to retire, it is OK to (allegedly) perform a lewd act on a teenager.

    Henry Ortiz

    Ribera