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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A GOOD MOVE ... Highlands University regents passed a policy regarding the naming of buildings on campus. Wisely, it excludes current employees or politicians while in office.

    Thumbs DOWN for ... A MOVE THAT COMES UP SHORT. However, Highlands property can still be named after sitting regents — a provision that we wish had also been prohibited. Best to take politics completely out of the naming of facilities, we think.

  • Letter: Enforce ordinances or repeal them

    The city of Las Vegas has ordinances that prohibit the obstruction of sidewalks by business activities. Unfortunately, when obvious violations are brought to the city’s attention, no action is taken.

  • Letter: Dogs found with a lot of help

    On April 15, Tax Day, two of my dogs were apparently taken out of their dog run.  These dogs mean a lot to me.  They used to belong to my son.  I contacted the city police and Valerie at the Animal Shelter.  Fortunately both dogs have all of their shots, tags, and are spayed or neutered. Valerie took my report and put up a notice.  Later, I contacted Tina at the Animal Welfare Coalition. A “lost dogs” notice was put into their website. I received several phone calls and eventually found the dogs.

  • Letter: Elections need informed voters

    Elections are coming up. Our local government officials take an oath when they take office. Wouldn’t it be great if the oath said, “We pledge to work with the citizens of Mora to provide better services, jobs, education, environmental protection and all else that comprises a healthy community.”

  • Work of Art: Speaking of coincidences ...

    “Six degrees of separation” is a concept that tries to show that everybody is connected to everybody else by just six steps.

    The observation, of about 1994 vintage, is also called “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon,” the “Footloose” actor who’s been in just about every other movie. The task, when it became a game, would be to show a connection between any actor and Bacon.

  • Editorial: Other histories

    Once again we recognize Cinco de Mayo, an unofficial celebration stemming from the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s not widely celebrated because its significance is not that great — the Mexicans’ win in Puebla only delayed the French advance into Mexico City — but it’s a point of pride nevertheless, since the Mexican forces won the day despite being seriously outnumbered 2-to-1.

  • Editorial: Set aside animosities

    In the old Westerns, sheriffs didn’t have to contend with anything resembling a bureaucracy. The sheriff was a county’s top lawman.

    Maybe that’s the way it was, but not anymore.

    At a recent sheriff candidates forum, San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil told the audience that his deputies would start carrying Tasers in June. Never mind the County Commission’s opinion.

    Of course, the sheriff still has latitude in how he runs his department. But the County Commission indisputably holds the purse strings.

  • Letter: Commissioner responds to story

    This is in response to the article which was published on April 23 in the Las Vegas Optic, regarding where we claimed Head of Household.

    Our primary residence is on El Llano Road. This is the only property where we claim Head of Household.

    The San Miguel County Assessor’s Office claims that we had two head of households for four years which is incorrect. This office has no proof of a signed affidavit to make such a claim.