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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Why the hand inspection?

    “May I see your hands, please?” Good grief! Is she coming on to me? I thought.

     Instead, she rubbed what looked like a small, damp orange Wet One across my palms. “Now turn around.”

    I did so, my anxiety increasing. “I meant ‘turn your hands around.’” I did that too. So the backs and the palms got swabbed, but what for? We’ll get into that later.

  • Editorial: Begin a new naming process

    No university has to name its buildings after people, but it’s been a long tradition to do so.

    Indeed, students and others often know the names of buildings, but they rarely know about the people they’re named after. So the names have very little impact.  

  • Letter: Grateful for help in animal rescue

    I have waged a ceaseless campaign urging the community to participate in animal rescue, health, and safety and am pleased to report, I have seen the volunteers and the dollars come trickling in.

    I would like to extend an enormous thank you to the community of Las Vegas and the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally for showing they care about the lives of dogs and cats.

  • Editorial: Closure and healing

    It’s been a long two years, starting with some terrible assaults in a football camp outside of town and culminating, last week, in the sentencing of the leader of the assaults. The disposition of Michael Gallegos’ case, the last of six to have run their course through the judicial system, brings an element of closure. But not completely — parents of the victims have filed suit against current and former school officials, which means court cases and press coverage will continue.

  • As It Is: Don't mess with the councilman

    With the news of assaults suspect Michael Gallegos’ sentencing last week, I couldn’t help but think about his father, Michael Gallegos Sr., who served on the Las Vegas City Council for a decade.

    The older man was seen by many as the council’s tough guy, along with sidekick Eugene Romero.

    During his terms in office, city employees told me that Gallegos accused them of mad-dogging him. Apparently, Gallegos went to the city manager at the time with the complaint, but the manager declined to take any disciplinary action based on an alleged dirty look.

  • Letter: Response to letter about fiestas

    This is in response to the letter to the editor by Lorraine Ortega from of Denver, Colo., on Monday, July 26.

    First of all, l thank you and your 15 or 19 couples that traveled from Denver to enjoy the fiestas of Las Vegas. Your figures don’t jive. Did you miss count? Did you mean 15 or 19 couples?  You and the rest of your dedicated group deserve a great hand.  You all have contributed to the city of Las Vegas adding to the lodgers tax revenue by utilizing the Sunshine Motel. Gracias, gracias! I am in full support of that.  

  • 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.