Today's Opinions

  • Sound decisions

    We’re glad to see Las Vegas city officials being conservative in their budget work for the coming fiscal year. City Manager Timothy Dodge and his staff have offered up a flat $43.2 million budget even though revenue is likely to increase. It’s sound fiscal management to tuck away the additional money instead of finding something to spend it on, and we hope the City Council approves a budget with essentially the same bottom line.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 9, 2012
  • Work of Art - The word was ‘tie-teh’

    The rate of exchange didn’t fluctuate much for people like your resident doorman who doubles as a columnist.

    The few quarters I carry in my pocket remain there, even after an exchange of pleasantries and cash as my entry fee to local businesses.    

    We’re referring to two things here: My habit of asking for a quarter tip when I hold the door open for someone; and the ceaseless greetings by some mendicants who ask for “spare change” of customers when they enter — and leave — restaurants.

  • Support for USPS bill

    When it comes to preserving the work of the U.S. Postal Service, community newspapers like the Optic have an obvious self-interest. So do Las Vegas, Mora and every other small community with a post office.

    As Washington wrestles with revenue shortfalls at the USPS, thousands of rural post offices have come under threat of closure. Such closures would have a devastating effect on villages and hamlets all across America. Plus, there’s an ongoing debate over whether to end Saturday deliveries, which would only send the Postal Service deeper into financial distress.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 7, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A ‘Hunger Games’ challenge

    If you’ve read “The Hunger Games” — a three-book series written by Suzanne Collins— I dare you to find its deeper meanings.

    If you don’t, or can’t, I think you’re missing something. And if you don’t believe there’s any deeper meaning worth finding, that it’s just written as entertainment, I must wonder if you are being shallow in your literary consumption.

  • News on an area chapel, cemetery

    This is regarding Mr. Ben Archibeque and the chapel and cemetery in Los Vigiles, N.M.

    The chapel, located in Los Vigiles, was built in 1915 by the Fresquez family, i.e. Modesto Fresquez, Juan Fresquez, Cleofes Fresquez and Marino Mejillas.

    This chapel was built in faith and is not to be used for monetary value. It was built for our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, extended family and friends, and is free of charge to those who wish to lay to rest their loved ones.

  • Mil Gracias - May 7, 2012

    We the family of Denise Zimmerly Saiz would like to express our deepest gratitude to Vida Encantada, AmberCare Hospice, for going over the beyond their service.

    Toni Sanchez
    Sanchez, Zimmerly and Martinez family