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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective: Living on the edge

    By Andrew Feldman

    For the Optic

    Our water problem can basically be broken into two parts — water infrastructure (expensive) and actual water supply (scarce). The infrastructure will take a great deal of money to fix. The supply is more uncertain and no amount of money can make it rain or snow. If we fix the infrastructure and do some other innovative things we can hedge our bet against drought.

    In the past when the water situation became dire, previous city administrations would talk, but then it would rain and nothing would get done.

  • Nuestra Historia - Charles Ilfeld built business empire

    The most well known of the early Jewish settlers of Las Vegas was Charles Ilfeld, who came here in 1867, when he was only 20. He had arrived in Santa Fe two years earlier, emigrating from Homburg vor der Hohe, a town in Germany near Frankfurt, then part of the Prussian Empire. According to Ilfeld family history, Charles arrived in Santa Fe with only $5 in his pocket.      

  • Orgullo del Norte - Connecting our herencia with our heroes

    “Spontaneous combustion of grassroots politics is the future.”
    — Dick Morris

    Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. Now that Mexico had control of the church, it began to call back all missionaries from El Norte. This move left just a handful of priests to hold mass throughout the many villages. Most rural villages went up to a year without seeing a priest from the Catholic church.

  • Disappointing trip back home

    Back in March I decided to return to my hometown of Las Vegas to see my family and visit the place where I grew up. However, when I arrived, I was shocked. I noticed that there was a great deal of trash in many of the yards throughout my old neighborhood.

    To say that my family and I were very disappointed is a huge understatement. There were piles of old appliances, tires, rusty metal and scrap wood.

  • Re-examining the ‘gateway’ route

    My wife and I attended the last of the city’s input sessions regarding the proposed welcoming arch planned for University and Fifth. We were impressed by the amount of work that has gone into it but there are some fundamental weaknesses in the plan.

  • Recycling plan smart

    We had given up on the idea that the city and county would work together to advance recycling efforts, but we gladly stand corrected — assuming, that is, that a plan to create a regional recycling system here comes to fruition.

    At a recent San Miguel County Commission meeting, a memorandum of understanding with the city was approved that, if signed by the city, will unify the two entities in their recycling efforts. The collaboration will be made possible with a $103,650 grant from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 18, 2011
  • Work of Art: This TV runs on kerosene

    “Please leave the humor to me.” I’ve used that line many times, especially toward my brother-in-law, Jeff Romero, a lawyer  who used to be the district attorney in Albuquerque.

    He’d start in with lawyer jokes (yes, lawyers know them all; they hear them, spread them, laugh at them and feel unloved if someone fails to tell a lawyer joke in their presence).

    One thing about Jeff, a man who has made quite a good living, was his reluctance to buy new stuff.