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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.

  • Editorial: Trash rate hike needed

    It would be easy for us to condemn the city for even considering raising its garbage rates by 43 percent for residents — from $14 to $20 a month per household.   

    We could urge the city to find more efficiencies within the solid waste department and scour the federal and state bureaucracies for every available grant. And we could warn the city that any rate hike would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    Indeed, that would all be true. At the same time, we would be avoiding hard truths.

  • Editorial: An unfair process

    From our perspective, it seems as if the recent Fiestas de Las Vegas went smoothly — overall, a positive happening in our community.

    Now, we’re hearing some of the negative. On June 30, Fiesta Council President Mathew Martinez sent certified letters to six of the 18 council members, informing them they were “terminated effectively immediately.” He alleges that they held a secret meeting in May to conspire against and undermine him — a violation of the council’s bylaws.

  • Letter: Did Kilmer plant Optic’s stories?

    In a recent online Optic, there were five articles and of these, three had to do with alleged drunks. Wonder if Kilmer planted these stories? Perhaps the rumor that we have a drinking problem in San Miguel County is correct.

    W.P. Brown

    Sapello

  • As It Is: When will I learn?

    In getting information from the government, asking the right questions is half the ballgame. But when it comes to seeking public records, I have yet to learn a particular lesson.

    In May 2006, a number of people in town told me that the West Las Vegas school district’s bilingual program put on a lavish adults-only party with money that was intended for kids. I heard that it was held at El Rialto restaurant.

    So I turned in a request to the district, specifying that the party was held at El Rialto.

  • Letter: Thanks for county responsiveness

    In the past, I’ve written two letters expressing my concern, and that of my neighbors, about the issue of oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County.  The subjects of these letters were the unbalanced weighting of the ordinance task force toward those sympathetic with the oil and gas industry and the equivocal and dodgy responses people got when they asked whether or not the task force meetings would be open to the public for observation.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    SUCCESSFUL FIESTAS. Kudos to the volunteers who put on the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. Once again, they did an outstanding job. And the credit goes to the volunteers who remain with the Fiesta Council and those who were let go.

     

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  • Dulcey Amargo: Conspicuous construction

    Obviously, I’m playing on economist Thorstein Veblen’s concept of “Conspicuous Consumption,” in his 1899 publication “The Theory of the Leisure Class.”

    Veblen, a Norwegian-American, promulgates the idea that people purchase certain goods and services not to survive, but rather to identify themselves as having superior wealth and social standing. Well, our Las Vegas Conspicuous Construction is resultant of a different motive, I suspect.