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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Editorial: Takeover, no; changes, yes

    With the recent meltdown of the Fiesta Council, it’s clear that changes are needed. At a recent Las Vegas City Council meeting, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz suggested the possibility of the city taking over Fiestas de Las Vegas, held annually around the Fourth of July.

  • Editorial: Improve planning

    The state Transportation Department needs to improve its planning. The Associated Press reported that the state sold a piece of land next to an Albuquerque interchange for $306,000  in 2005, but bought it back for triple that price per square foot just four years later.

    Even when the state sold the land, top officials were seeking money to expand the interchange. Those plans came to fruition, and the state needed the old land back. It was a bad deal for taxpayers.

  • As It Is: The decline in smoking

    I was thinking about my co-workers the other day, and I realized something about them: None of them smoke.

    At least that I know of.

    After asking around, I found out that one of my co-workers smokes. But she apparently keeps the habit pretty hidden.

    Even three years ago, I remember that a number of my co-workers used to puff their cigarettes out the back door. But they have either quit their habit or left the Optic.

  • Editorial: Bad budget realities

    The Las Vegas City Schools board met last week to face a budget reality: The state plans to further cut spending for schools and other agencies.

    Now, East officials are mulling over how to deal with the drop in state revenue. They’re even mentioning the possibilities of closing a school and cutting some athletic trips.

    In the coming days and weeks, other area school districts and colleges and the state hospital will have to grapple with these cuts. The Albuquerque school district is contemplating more staff reductions.