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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Optic needs to dig into stories more

    I am a great believer in the press. It helps in keeping government transparent and citizens informed about happenings and things that might pose a danger to everyone. It also allows the public, like me, to submit letters when we see what appears to be unjust situations. The Optic has afforded me this on numerous occasions and I am thankful for that. It is just my opinion and allowed as long as I am factual and hurt no one.

  • Letter: Where were our county officials?

    Recently, Las Vegas citizens were treated to a thought-provoking film and forum on some of the realities of oil and gas development, should it come to San Miguel County and Las Vegas. The film, “Split Estate,” and  the panelists — including our Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. — were all excellent and enlightening.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Getting companies to locate here has broad-reaching benefits — whether it happens inside or outside city limits or on the east or west side of town.

    A few years ago, then-Councilman Michael Gallegos told the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation that he’d like to see it recruit more companies to the west side. That would be nice, but no matter where a new company is in our area, it’ll help both sides of town.

  • Letter: Keep HU facilities open to nonprofits

    I greatly respect Highlands University Regent Jesus Lopez, and I certainly understand his concerns about renting Highlands’ buildings to private parties. Liability and insurance costs are something that we all must consider when dealing with others inside the buildings of our businesses or organizations. And I think Mr. Lopez is right that Highlands should reconsider its policies about renting spaces to politicians and for private parties, especially those where alcohol may be consumed.  

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Las Vegas Little League’s 10-11-year-old boys All-Star team and parents would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for contributing to our fundraiser for our travel expenses to enable us to compete in the District 4 baseball tournament in Raton.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Resolutions in August

    Well, I figure that if the commercial market can have Christmas in July, I could follow suit with New Year’s Resolutions in August.

    It’s quite apropos, you know, as the latest monsoon weather has had me quite sequestered in my hermitage. It gave me time to think about changes I want to make in my activity or lack of it.

  • Letter: Hold politicians accountable

    Superintendents and school board members who hold our politicians responsible for massive budget cuts in education are on the right track. These so-called progressives have jumped on the “cut taxes, small government” bandwagon that for some insane reason is still fashionable across our country.

  • Work of Art: Currency and language

    PORTO, Portugal -- Why can’t all countries agree on their currency? Why must travelers take along an MBA or at least a banking expert any time they wish to go beyond San Miguel County, or in our case, the U.S?

    We’re preparing for a boat tour of Portugal, the last leg of a trip to Copenhagen where we will visit our son Stan’s family. The tour is a round trip, from Porto, in northern Portugal, back to Porto. It was my friend Pedro Carrico who encouraged me to travel to his homeland.