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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Why Highlands sits east of the Gallinas

    Many months ago, when we began our present tale of two cities, a variation of today’s article appeared in Nuestra Historia, to illustrate the great divide that existed early-on between East and West Las Vegas. As we conclude the story of the founding of Highlands University ­— to bring full circle the early struggle for the school — we present the column again, especially for those readers who have followed the story with interest, but may have missed the previous narrative.

  • Our Watershed - Its condition and threats

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

    When compared with heavily populated and largely urban or industrial watersheds, the Gallinas Watershed is in relatively good shape. But, if we expect it to continue supplying our water in to the future, we have to face some realities and maximize its performance and resilience to future threats.

  • Judge Mathis deserved better

    Hon. Eugenio Mathis has sat at the bench as a District Court judge in Las Vegas since 1992, and during his tenure provided great service to the community.

  • Road condition is disgraceful

    My name is Debby Matthews from the KOA Campground south of the town of Las Vegas. We have had the campground for 10-1/2 years and the Lord has blessed us immensely over those years. What has not been a blessing is the county road in front of the campground, which is part of the pre-1937 Route 66. We have called frequently to . . . the Roads Department, but are told that there are no funds to pave the County road/Route 66.

    There were enough funds to pave the same road (not part of Route 66) from our mailboxes down to many of the homes on the Romeroville Frontage Road.

  • Dodge’s contract

    Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron used words like “unacceptable” and “shameful” to describe the automatic two-year contract renewal for the city manager. We agree, although for different reasons.

    We take no issue with City Manager Timothy Dodge’s getting a two-year contract extension.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 27, 2013
  • Work of Art - Whom are youm to ask?

    The simple answer is that if you can use “him,” you can use “whom”’ if “he” fits, use “who.” That was my proposed subject for this week’s column.

    We were in the Optic newsroom as I spouted this bit of faux erudition, when fellow writer Lupita Gonzales said that when it comes to “whom,” we need to think of objects, not subjects. As a now-retired long-time teacher of languages, she’s right.

  • Mil Gracias - March 27, 2013

    Thanks once again to the generosity of the reading community of Las Vegas and the people from communities surrounding Las Vegas for their support of the annual American Association of University Women (Las Vegas Branch) Used Book Sale.  

    These folks both donated and bought books (and some helped sell them) during the recent two-day sale at the NMHU Student Center. More than $2,000 was raised for scholarship funds for Highlands women who are non-traditional students.