Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - Highlands’ big event

    Volunteerism is alive and well in Las Vegas. Just ask Sharon Caballero.
    Several months ago, she set out to create a celebration of Jim Fries’ five years as president of Highlands University. A former Highlands president herself who now runs the university’s foundation, she saw it as an opportunity to celebrate a lot of accomplishments under Fries and to raise money for a good and timely cause — scholarships.

  • The dowsing technique

    I read with interest your piece about water dowsing in last week’s Optic. I was first exposed to dowsing when my dad and I visited Mr. Tapley (who ran Western Drugs where Charlie’s is now located) when I was at his cabin in the upper Gallinas Canyon. He showed how, with two pieces of coat hanger, you could find the underground stream on his property. Dad and I tried it at home a few hours later to find the water service to the house.

  • Great talent in Las Vegas

    Recently I was fortunate enough to be part of a huge crowd in Ilfeld Auditorium at the amazing Ozomatli concert. Congratulations to Ilfeld manager Donna Martínez and all the sponsors who made it possible for our community to view a Grammy award-winning performance at a reasonable price in a beautiful venue.

    Also, as a community member, I was especially impressed and proud with the opening act of Karliz (DeMarco) and Abe (Garcia), as well as the other two talented musicians. They were all astounding and comparable to what was yet to come.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - April 6, 2012

    THUMBS UP! WISE DECISION. On Monday, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz sent Planning & Zoning Commission member Marvin Salazar a letter dismissing him from the volunteer position — a tough but necessary call, given the commissioner’s personal efforts to bypass the city’s process for placing a manufactured home on residential property in town.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 6, 2012
  • Dulcey Amargo - Stewed, blued and a bit unglued

    I’m sitting  around, stewing in the “melting pot” mockery that has a big, rusty patch on its underside and is ready to spew out all the mush held inside.

    Yes, I know, as former language instructor and especially as a trained technical writer, I should know better than to mix metaphors as I’ve done in the opening sentence and stick to writing clearly, accurately, and to the point. Sometimes, though, one can flout convention to make that point.

  • Nuestra Historia - Constitution approved; first election set

    On Jan. 21, 1911, the people of New Mexico went to the polls to approve the constitution which would make statehood a reality — and despite attempts in Washington over the years to change the ancient and venerable name, the first words of the new constitution proudly declared: “The name of this state is New Mexico.”

  • An obvious conflict of interest