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Today's Opinions

  • American dreamer

    This Optic editorial first appeared on Jan. 17, 2005.

    “...  I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 16, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The race for mayor

    Without polling the candidates, which I don’t have time to do this week, it’s hard to say what motivated so many Las Vegas citizens to run for so few positions. Seventeen people filed for mayor and two council seats, including an impressive nine for the city’s top job.

    Maybe so many jumped in because the city is at a pivotal moment in time, when we could move forward on things such as water projects, or backward on things like political favoritism.

  • Let’s pass the bill

    Our New Mexico Faith Communities and the Legislature :

  • Thumbs

    IMPRESSIVE TURNOUT. Seventeen people filed on Tuesday for three Las Vegas municipal seats, making it the largest slate of candidates for so few openings at least in recent memory. Nine people filed to run for mayor — the first four-year term for that position, if the new charter holds up, while two filed for the Ward 2 council and six others for Ward 3.

  • Nuestra Historia

    By Jesus Lopez

  • Letters to the Editor

    Remembering diversity

    Regarding Work of Art, “That fourth floor,“ of Jan. 4:
    There were no Mexicans on the fourth floor where I grew up. No buildings were that tall. There were indeed countless Mexicans in the fields and orchards, and I was right there with them. Chopping sugar beets, picking apples, tomatoes, peaches, pears, black berries, quinces, crab apples and etc. I dreaded working in the endless rows next to a Mexican lady. She would arrive at the noon time lunch truck long before me. And the boss noticed.

  • Saving for a rainy day

    The forecast of “new money” appears to be motivating our lawmakers and governor to fall into an old habit of thinking about today but not tomorrow.

    After three years of revenue shortfalls, it appears that a slight economic rebound in New Mexico is likely to lead state government into some extra money. Some $254 million in additional revenue is projected for the state budget, and lawmakers are already proposing ways to spend it.