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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Starvation Peak; Pablita’s conclusion

    An old and intriguing legend is that Spanish settlers, pursued by hostile Native Americans, took refuge and starved atop El Cerrito de Bernal, a small butte rising 7,031 feet, about 12  miles southwest of Las Vegas. As a result, since anyone can remember, the small mesa has been called Starvation Peak.  (Cerrito means small mountain, and the first written reference to El Cerrito de Bernal was in  1794,  in the description of the San Miguel del Bado land grant, which designates the butte as the grant’s northeastern boundary.)

  • Editorial Cartoons - Oct. 28, 2011
  • Editorial Cartoons - Oct. 28, 2011
  • Another Perspective: Back to my hometown

    Editor’s note: This article was originally published on www.YourLifeIsATrip.com, a group blog featuring experiential storytelling and first-person travel narratives.

    I had lived in Santa Fe for 23 years before it occurred to me to offer to move back to Las Vegas, where I was raised, to help out my mom.

  • Cannon seeks to find its place

    At the recent public forum community members voiced their objections to the proposed low-altitude tactical navigation flights to be conducted out of Cannon Air Force Base in our area. There were well-founded concerns about the environmental and socio-economic impact such flights would have.

  • A detailed assessment from Air Force crucial

    I am a resident of Miami, N.M.; because of work obligations I have not been able to attend nearby community meetings scheduled for Las Vegas, Raton or Clayton.

    It is crucial that a detailed Environmental Impact Study be made regarding the Air Force’s proposal; the cursory draft Environmental Assessment of “No Significant Impact” is insufficient to address vital concerns that many in our region share regarding the proposed flights.

  • Ron Paul a viable third choice

    The Optic suggests a centrist presidential candidate (editorial, Oct. 19). Mainstream news media portray Mitt Romney as the only candidate to defeat Obama.

    Obama leads in donations from banks, and his campaign fund is expected to reach $1 billion. Large banks are Romney’s highest donors, Goldman Sachs giving him $354,000.

    Both are bought by powerful lobbies demanding favorable legislation allowing them to steal from the 99 percent. Voters have no choice from an establishment controlled by money junkies.

  • Thomas Garcia snubs Mora band

    The Mora High School Band attended the Mora School Board meeting last Tuesday and announced their triumph in winning the State Fair marching band competition for the fourth consecutive year. They formally presented the first-place ribbon to Superintendent Thomas Garcia, who did not accept it. They received a standing ovation from everyone present except Mr. Garcia, who remained seated and did not clap.