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Today's Opinions

  • Calling the roll

    And the mudslinging continues, though it should be no surprise. When it comes to running Luna Community College, politics is the rule rather than an exception, so why should the Board of Trustees elections be any different?

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 4, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Name dropping, Part 2

    The Optic is bigger than any one person. It’s an institution in Las Vegas — one that’s critical to the community’s life and livelihood.

    This institution, however, is run by people whose collective contribution to our product has been a source of great pride for me, since I’ve had the honor of being at the helm for more than eight years.

  • Turn off the bus, you’re polluting

    I was horrified on Feb. 21 at about 8:45 to see a West Las Vegas Dons school bus parked at the end of Old Santa Fe Trail next to La Fonda, with its engine running for at least 30 minutes.

    It stank up the entire neighborhood with that sickening smell of diesel exhaust, and at first I  thought it was some industrial chemical smell, the kind you might get in Detroit or Chicago.

    No wonder we have such a high dropout rate for high school students in New Mexico, if they have to even occasionally breathe such toxic  exhaust.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - March 1, 2013
  • Editorial Cartoon - March 1, 2013
  • Our Watershed - It’s all interconnected

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series to run 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.

    Water connects us all. It moves through the earth and our atmosphere in the water cycle, passing through many of us along the way.

    We are only one of the beneficiaries of this amazing substance. Almost everything we do and use and everything on this planet has or did have water as part of it.

  • Nuestra Historia - El Partido wins; Pablo Herrera has tragic fate

    With lightning speed, in the same year he founded La Voz del Pueblo, Felix Martinez dedicated his newspaper to fighting both the entrenched political system, run by the wealthy and powerful Hispanic dons, and the increasing land grant acquisition by Anglo land speculators.

    By the summer of 1890, La Voz had coalesced three disparate groups to form a new political party, El Partido del Pueblo Unido (United People’s Party) — and the new populist party spread like wildfire throughout Las Vegas and the county.