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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Great talent, blunt talk

    Arnell David Arellanes is one of Las Vegas’ good educators. He’s a man of substance, as was made clear in an Optic article last week. In an interview about his impending departure, his words were both pointed and challenging in a number of ways.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The organizers of the Las Vegas Seed Exchange give heartfelt thanks to the many generous people who made the event a success.

    Organizers estimate that between 120 and 200  people attended.

  • As It Is: An issue of residency

    Politicians should get credit when it’s deserved. I thank County Commissioner June Garcia and her husband, LeRoy Garcia, because I’ll be getting a reduction in property taxes the next time around.

    Last week, I filed for a head-of-house exemption, which deducts $2,000 from the taxable value of a house. You can use such a tax break only for your primary residence. It’ll mean about a $50 reduction in my taxes next year.

  • Letter: April is Counseling Awareness Month

    I am writing to you and the readers of the Optic today to let you know that April is Counseling Awareness Month!

    Were you aware that:

    • There are more than 600,000 professional counselors working in educational, mental health, community agency, private practice and other related human service settings all across the nation — with many of us right here in Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

    • Professional counselors work with human growth and development issues and problems of people at all life stages, from childhood through the senior years.

  • Editorial: Slippery explanations

    Our elected officials are required to live in the districts they represent. So it’s fair game to ask candidates for office about their residency.

    Voters can now reasonably wonder if District 1 San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia lives here or in Sandoval County, which is two hours down the road.

    When a reporter called Garcia last week about these issues, she didn’t return the message. Instead, she had her husband and predecessor on the board, LeRoy Garcia, answer our reporter’s inquiries.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... CREATIVE INGENUITY. A simple little “mil gracias” letter alerted us to a creative approach to education. Two local merchants — Hacienda and Gamble’s, provided Legion Park Elementary School students with a couple of hundred brown-paper bags and the kids used them to draw and color pictures of what they love most about our planet, as part of their Earth Day lesson. The decorated bags were then taken back to the stores for distribution to their customers.

  • Letter: Evening meal seeks new location

    As of April 20, the free Tuesday evening meal at the United Community Soup Kitchen will be stopped. The Soup Kitchen director made the decision to end this service to the community. For 20 months, a group of community volunteers have supervised and assisted in running this service, which provides a free meal to the 30 to 40-plus children and adults who show up each week for the meal served from 4 to 4:45 p.m. We believe it is our moral responsibility to continue to meet this need of our community.

  • Letter: Beware of the scammers

    On Monday morning, April 12, I received a phone call from a (woman) who garbled the name of the “delivery service” she claimed to be with. She informed me that she had a package for me inside of which was a check for $2.45 million which I had “won,” and that she would like to have the package brought “right over to you.” Smelling a scam, I hung up immediately.