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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 11, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Where a misfit might just fit

    First, let’s clear up a rumor. The Optic is not going to close. That makes no sense. Since I’ve been running this newspaper, we’ve ended every year in the black, always with a positive profit margin, and I’d be willing to wager that’s been the case every year since Russell Kistler printed the first edition in 1879.

    But let’s not start this farewell column there. Instead, return with me to when another esteemed newspaper did close. Oct. 18, 1991. That was the day the Gray Old Lady died.

  • Letters, columnists Optic highlights

    I agree that the letters to the editor are the most interesting part of this or almost any other newspaper (Editor’s Note, Feb. 25), and I hope and trust they will keep flowing as the Optic transitions to new management.

    I also appreciate Art Trujillo’s clever and interesting columns, and Jesus Lopez’ local histories — both excellent — and hope both will continue as well.

    Lopez’ historical interviews are now posted on a website, www.LasVegasNMHistory.com

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas

  • Nepotism cases in Mora and at Luna

    Regarding the Feb. 22 letter from Rosalie Regensberg: The recall complaint didn’t mention nepotism and I won’t bother to rehash it now except to say that the groundwork was laid then for what Mora County has today, i.e. a half-finished monstrosity of a courthouse that can’t be used and that the county hasn’t the money to finish.

    She does, however, have a valid point about current potential nepotism cases.

    Ed Littleton
    Ojo Feliz
     

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - March 8, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! YOU JUST KNEW IT WAS COMING. John Singletary, who lost his homes in a gas explosion two years ago, is suing the city of Las Vegas. The suit seeks an unspecified amount in compensation for damages and other costs.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 8, 2013
  • Help end hunger in New Mexico

    An Internet search for “Hunger in New Mexico” produced 607,000 sites on 63 pages via Google. The sites discuss the increasing numbers of and circumstances of people in the state suffering from food insecurity.  Every week, 40,000 New Mexicans seek food assistance (www.nmfoodbanks.org). Forty percent of these are children under 18 years old.

    The sites also tell of the valiant efforts across the state to address the issue. Yet we have not won this fight to end hunger.  

  • Someone must take up the mantle

    “Treasures to Cherish” was the title of an article in the Pasatiempo newsmagazine of the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper: on the wonderful bookstores in that renowned city. I wrote a letter to the newspaper, which was published Feb. 10, describing the special treasure of a local bookstore to cherish that is right here in Las Vegas, Tome on the Range.