Today's Opinions

  • Publisher's Note: A history of divisions

    If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a passion for history. In fact, that’s part of the reason I was drawn to journalism. Newspapers, it’s been said, record “the first draft of history.”

    In 1879, the founder of this newspaper, Russell Kistler, did more than just write the “first draft.” He also made history. Unfortunately, part of his legacy can be found in the divisions that helped define Las Vegas.

  • Our Jewish ancestry

    This letter is in response to conversation in the community, as well as the article in the Optic describing the vandalism in our local cemetery. There have been many who are attempting to make a connection between Reies Lopez Tijerina and his “followers” to the vandalism.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN - MEDIOCRE MONSOONS. Despite this week’s rain, the monsoon season has been a disappointment. We need much more moisture to offset dismally dry conditions.
    Meanwhile, other parts of the country are suffering from extreme temperatures, with heat indexes rising as high as 130 degrees in parts of the Midwest. While we’d like to believe that this is just one of those super-hot summers, we fear it’s the new normal. Earth may indeed have passed the “tipping point” toward global warming.

  • Keys to the city for convicted felons

    Stopped at the Plaza Park to see what all the gathering of people and dignitaries was all about. Found out the mayor was proclaiming the day Reies Lopez Tijerina Day and was giving him the keys to the city. What?

    I remember the ‘60s and the ‘70s. All the protests in the South led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I admired his fight for civil rights. I remember too Mr. Cesar Chavez fighting for the farmworkers’ rights. I greatly admired their courage to accomplish their goals by means of nonviolence.

  • Bills, recycling and ‘potty’ water

    In the last six years my water bill has gone up $15. I use less than 2,000 gallons, the minimum amount of water, and I don’t use city natural gas. Contrary to popular belief we live in a rather poor community, with working poor, disabled and seniors on limited and/or fixed incomes, and to impose trash bills combined with land taxes, I think is prejudicial. Please find other ways to collect on unpaid trash bills!

  • Signalization not the way to go

    Traffic lights are not only expensive to install, they are a significant source of accidents to motorists and pedestrians. A modern signal can cost taxpayers between $80,000 and $100,000 to install. Plus the cost of the electrical power to operate a signalized intersection 24 hours a day, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, is now averaging about $1,400 per year.

  • Don’t close the Mora pool

    It has come to my attention that administration and the School Board at the Mora Independent Schools is talking about closing the swimming pool and making it into a bus garage. In my opinion, this is the worst mistake anyone can make, and the community should protest.

    The swimming pool is the only form of recreation that is available for the children in the community. It’s because of the children that the Mora Independent Schools gets funding.

  • Measure attacks natural treasures

    The House Interior Appropriation Committee has passed a spending bill that would mean fewer protections for species at risk of extinction, more pesticides in our waters and less funding for our national wildlife refuges and other crucial conservation priorities. This bill is an attack on the natural treasures that are our children’s and grandchildren’s inheritance.

    We must protect God’s creatures and their environment, as they do not have a voice, and are not given a choice.