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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... UNCHANGED POLICY. Richard Grogan, Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s CEO, is leaving Las Vegas for another position in the Philadelphia area. We wish him well in his new endeavor.

  • Editorial: Fiesta Council turns petty

    The Fiesta Council acts as if it has no problems. Yet it botched this year’s event schedule, turned in a late permit to the city, forgot to ask for an appropriation from the city and hasn’t produced a financial report in months.

    Instead of dealing with these shortcomings, the council has unfairly aimed its fire at 2009 Fiesta queen Carmela Montoya. This barrage has been an embarrassment — not for Montoya but for every one of the Fiesta Council members (and to an extent, our community).

  • Work of Art: Addicted to BlackBerries

    Trying to catch a few winks after a particularly long, bumpy flight from Copenhagen to Minneapolis, on an airport bench specifically designed to prevent waiting passengers from snoozing, I grew annoyed at somebody.

    So did hundreds of drained passengers trying to cop a few zees, while a man with a bellicose voice prevented any slumbering.

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial: Recycling opportunity

    Las Vegas impressed some people last week, with a sizable turnout to a recycling meeting on the Highlands University campus. Alex Aragon, chairman of the city’s recycling task force who moderated the event, said members of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition were astonished with how many local people took an active interest in what they had to say.

  • As It Is: School websites' improving

    Recently, a Mora resident suspected nepotism in that community’s school district. This person said the district hired someone related to a school board member.

    I went onto the Mora school district’s website and found the district’s nepotism policy within minutes. It turns out that the hiring didn’t violate the policy because the new employee was a board member’s stepson, and stepchildren aren’t a covered category in the policy.

  • Letter: Medical marijuana case handled badly

    I am appalled at how law enforcement officers handled the case of the legal marijuana caregiver with his legal New Mexico license, in an article that appeared in this past week in the Optic newspaper.

     On July 28, I called 911 after finding the elderly man that I took care of, dead in his chair. He was also a patient on the New Mexico Medical Marijuana program, with John Emerick as his caregiver.

  • Letter: Thoughts for the new school year

    A new school year has started and I know I’m preaching to the choir but it never hurts to reinforce important facts. Teaching is a hard but rewarding job. Next to the parents, a teacher is the most important person in a child’s life. Educators spend a lot of time and energy and money to prepare for their professions. Presidents, governors, and all other important people in the world accomplished something because they had good teachers who recognized their talents and potential early in life. A teacher’s patience and dedication never go unrewarded.

  • Letter: More educating on recycling, please

    I was delighted to read in Friday's Optic that the city of Las Vegas is considering a new recycling hub. Until I read the article I wasn’t aware that Las Vegas was engaged in recycling at all. I am pleased to hear that they plan to improve their recycling program.