Today's Opinions

  • Meeting to retain Holman P.O.

    The community of Holman has been offered another town hall meeting by the Post Office, in redress for the first very unsatisfactory meeting that was held on April 19 of this year at the Mora Post Office. It will be held in the small gymnasium at  Mora Independent Schools on Wednesday, July 20, from 5:30 p.m. until done.  

    As a community, we very much appreciate this gracious concession by the Post Office, and we look forward to a pleasant, productive meeting in which our concerns are voiced and heard.

  • One bench at a time

    A small thing, perhaps, but to my mind deserving of major-league kudos. I speak of Community First Bank which, during its renovation of the Murphey’s  Drugs building, had the wholesome good-heartedness to include benches along the two outside walls of their new offices.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news`

    THUMBS UP! GUBERNATORIAL ATTENTION. When 78 percent of the state is in “extreme or exceptional drought conditions,” as State Engineer John D’Antonio said last week, it’s flattering to see Gov. Susana Martinez give attention to Las Vegas’ water needs. But that’s just what she, and several other state and federal officials, did last week by attending a ceremonial groundbreaking and signing of a water purchase agreement to help the city with its dire water situation.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 15, 2010
  • Nuestra Historia - The railroad bypasses Las Vegas

    By 1871 there existed a transcontinental railroad across the United States, spanning the northern Great Plains, and soon plans were in place to run a rail line to the southwest, roughly along the route of the Santa Fe Trail.  
    Thus was commenced a new railway  from Topeka, Kansas, to Santa Fe. (As early as 1863 the Atchison & Topeka Railroad added Santa Fe to its company name,  when it decided that New Mexico’s capital city would be the southern destination of its rail line.)

  • Done to one, done to all

    To our fellow citizens of the Las Vegas community:

    There is much wisdom in the saying, “What you do to one of us, you do to all of us,” especially as it relates to the recent desecration of 30 Jewish graves in the historic Montifiore Cemetery and seven in the Masonic Cemetery. 

    As yet there is no proof the destruction of headstones was carried out because of racism, anti-Semitism or some other kind of intentional hate-based belief system or desire to intentionally inflict fear or pain.

  • Respect is a community value

    We appreciate the front page coverage the Optic gave to the recent desecration of tombstones in Las Vegas cemeteries. It is difficult to understand the motivations of those involved. We hope that those responsible will quickly be apprehended and that all in the community will agree that such behavior has no place among us.  

    Respect for others is an important community value. This means that we avoid abusing each other when we are alive and we respect each others’ graves when we are dead. How could anyone forget that?

  • ‘No, not here, not anywhere’

    Many people in this community know me as a passionate defender of the right of Palestinians to live free of Israeli oppression. People also know me as opposed to the United States offering no-strings-attached support to Israel. However, I write today to strongly condemn the vandalism of the Jewish cemetery here in Las Vegas.