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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Currency and language

    PORTO, Portugal -- Why can’t all countries agree on their currency? Why must travelers take along an MBA or at least a banking expert any time they wish to go beyond San Miguel County, or in our case, the U.S?

    We’re preparing for a boat tour of Portugal, the last leg of a trip to Copenhagen where we will visit our son Stan’s family. The tour is a round trip, from Porto, in northern Portugal, back to Porto. It was my friend Pedro Carrico who encouraged me to travel to his homeland.

  • Editorial: Takeover, no; changes, yes

    With the recent meltdown of the Fiesta Council, it’s clear that changes are needed. At a recent Las Vegas City Council meeting, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz suggested the possibility of the city taking over Fiestas de Las Vegas, held annually around the Fourth of July.

  • Editorial: Improve planning

    The state Transportation Department needs to improve its planning. The Associated Press reported that the state sold a piece of land next to an Albuquerque interchange for $306,000  in 2005, but bought it back for triple that price per square foot just four years later.

    Even when the state sold the land, top officials were seeking money to expand the interchange. Those plans came to fruition, and the state needed the old land back. It was a bad deal for taxpayers.

  • As It Is: The decline in smoking

    I was thinking about my co-workers the other day, and I realized something about them: None of them smoke.

    At least that I know of.

    After asking around, I found out that one of my co-workers smokes. But she apparently keeps the habit pretty hidden.

    Even three years ago, I remember that a number of my co-workers used to puff their cigarettes out the back door. But they have either quit their habit or left the Optic.

  • Editorial: Bad budget realities

    The Las Vegas City Schools board met last week to face a budget reality: The state plans to further cut spending for schools and other agencies.

    Now, East officials are mulling over how to deal with the drop in state revenue. They’re even mentioning the possibilities of closing a school and cutting some athletic trips.

    In the coming days and weeks, other area school districts and colleges and the state hospital will have to grapple with these cuts. The Albuquerque school district is contemplating more staff reductions.  

  • Letter: Consequences don't fit the crime

    I am a Las Vegas native, born and raised until about six years ago, when I moved to attend college. I am expecting my first child and have recently returned to Las Vegas to live for the summer and spend time with my family.

    I had always felt that Las Vegas was a good place to raise children in the sense of community and family that surrounds day-to-day life here.

  • Letter: A plug for Alta Vista

    All you ever hear about Alta Vista Regional Hospital is something bad, but I want to give them a plug. I had hip survey over there six months ago, with Dr. Conescu performing the surgery, and he did an excellent job. I also want to thank the rehab folks for their great work.

    Don Seuntjens

    Las Vegas

  • Letter: A sympathy note to the students

    It is good and customary to send notes and gifts to families that have lost a loved one. There are many students at Robertson (as well as graduates) who were mentored and supported and transformed by their teacher and FFA sponsor, Gary Leger. Their loss was also profound. This note is to send my deepest sympathy and prayer for comfort to those students.