Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 31, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Remarkable women of Las Vegas

    There is on display at the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, an exhibit called “Remarkable Women of Las Vegas,” and for some time we have intended to include the impressive work in Nuestra Historia. Created by Highlands University media arts student Deanna Threadgill, and funded by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Media Arts Department at Highlands, the display honors nine women of the Las Vegas area who have made significant contributions to the community — as mothers, educators, writers, healers and folklorists.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Pipelines: Safety and other impacts

    Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The columns were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.

  • Councilman wants record set straight

    This letter comes as a brief update on misleading information I have heard around the community. Unfortunately, misleading information turns into rumors spread and some individuals use this false information for their own personal gain with efforts to work against the city and its current efforts. I want to put some of these rumors to rest and assure you that the governing body and administration is working hard to make Las Vegas a better place for all of us to live now and in the future.

  • Mayor is doing everything he can

    I am writing this letter to the Optic in hope that the community does not support the efforts to recall our Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz, Jr. The things that some people are saying about the mayor have no facts. The mayor is a good man and is doing everything he can for us here in Las Vegas. The mayor is one of us. I have seen the efforts which have been made by the mayor in addressing the west side of our Las Vegas as well as the whole city and the water issue.

  • Peaceful Skies: No position on recall

    Peaceful Skies Coalition was mistakenly identified as supporting the effort to stop the recall of mayor Ortiz in a recent political ad in the Las Vegas Optic.

    Our organization does not take a position on whether or not there should be a recall. The individuals signing the petition were speaking for themselves alone, not as representatives of Peaceful Skies Coalition.

    Richard McCracken
    Peaceful Skies Coalition

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 29, 2013
  • Work of Art — Watch your darned language

    Edward Albee got it absolutely right in his play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” When one of George and Martha’s guests asked if she could use the restroom, George said to Martha, “Will you show our little guest to the — uh — euphemism?”
    Euphemism? That’s the perfect word. It means “a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.”