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Today's Opinions

  • Scrutinize sites off campus

    Highlands University has been one of the leaders in setting up satellite campuses around the state. Currently, the school has seven off-campus sites — Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Raton, Española, Farmington and Santa Fe.


    Now, legislative leaders looking for ways to cut the state budget have questioned the need for state universities to have so many branches. That’s a reasonable line of inquiry.

  • Mora sheriff should step aside

    Last week, the state police arrested a Mora County Sheriff’s Department transport officer who was found passed out drunk in his government vehicle along Interstate 25. His blood-alcohol level was .30, more than three times the state’s presumed level of intoxication.


    The department’s leader is ostensibly Sheriff Roy Cordova. But he is no longer the full-time sheriff. He recently got a full-time sheriff’s deputy’s job in Valencia County. So he’s working only part of the time in Mora County.

  • Work of Art: Don’t try this at home

    How many times have you been admonished: “Don’t try this at home”?           


    We read the notice most often on television, when someone demonstrates some kind of skill that might prove dangerous if someone goes ahead and attempts it, without proper supervision.        

  • Taxpayers aren’t to blame

    I can’t understand why we the taxpayers on the east side have to pay 30 percent more for the oversight or mistake that others are responsible for. My feeling is that everyone who is at fault should be sued and make them pay for it.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    BACK TO THE TRADITIONAL TIME. We thought it was a good idea to move neighborhood trick-or-treating from Sunday to Saturday as other communities have done and, at first, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz did too. But after a barrage of phone calls to City Hall protesting the decision, the mayor decided he’d better leave well enough alone.
    Go figure.
    Now, it’s back to Sunday trick-or-treating, though the Bridge Street merchants are still inviting trick-or-treaters to their businesses this afternoon.

  • Family Partnership remarks inaccurate

    In reading the article of the West Las Vegas board meeting, I became concerned with the way the Family Partnership is being tossed around. Moving these students is a good idea since the building is not sound and can be condemned.

  • Please don’t use treated wastewater

    As I read the story in the Optic dated Sept. 27-28, “Expert: Add effluent to water,” I was disappointed to read that our city seems to have no appropriate solution to our water problems. I feel that the suggestion made by City Councilman Andrew Feldman, who focuses on water issues; Ron Mosher, a consultant from Albuquerque; and Glenn Yocum, a member of the city’s utilities committee that the city of Las Vegas, look at sending the wastewater to the water plant to be used from drinking is a big mistake.

  • Any tax increase needs approval

    This letter is in reference to the tax increase that is going to be imposed on the taxpayers of the Las Vegas City School District.


    It is my understanding that any tax increase has to be approved by the electorate of the district in a duly called election. I don’t remember any such election being held.