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Today's Opinions

  • As It Is: Who is the Tejana?

    One of my New Mexico Avenue neighbors has posted a big sign that reads, “No Tejana Susana.”

    That’s a good rhyme. But does it really matter that Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez was born and raised in El Paso?

    Sure, we have a rivalry with Texas. While El Paso is officially part of the Lone Star State, it doesn’t seem to belong to that goliath of a state. You don’t hear the Texas drawl in El Paso like you do in other parts of that state.

  • Letter: Let's revisit issue of consolidation

    At the risk of offending about half the people in Las Vegas, it may be a good time to resurrect the debate on the consolidation of Las Vegas’ two school districts. The most important reason is to finally determine the cost savings if the two districts’ administrative functions are combined as one.

  • Letter: Let's not risk our religious freedom

    Please think carefully about whatever precedents we might set in hasty problem solving.

    Were we able to forbid a house of worship within two blocks or more of a national shrine, we would need to ban all new houses of worship within the same distance of any battleground or scene of destruction. Such a law might prove unpopular as well as unconstitutional.  

  • Letter: Hermanos group provided supplies

    The Optic carried a story about the state PED’s distribution of backpacks for 41 schools out of the 89 school districts in New Mexico. The backpacks were filled with school supplies. During the press conference, state Secretary of Education-designee Susanna Murphy told the media that these backpacks would help 8,300 to 10,000 students around the state that are in crisis.

    Here in Las Vegas, three gentlemen took it upon themselves to alleviate this problem that Dr. Murphy spoke of.

  • Letter: Looks like Vegas has been conned

    I understand hoodlums are back to pitching rocks through plate glass windows of art galleries on Bridge Street. For-profit art galleries are closing at a disappointing rate. The local Arts Council has decided to quit doing the Las Vegas version of the popular Studio Tours that communities around the state look forward to.

  • Letter: We need to explore proposed tax hike

    It seems wrong to me that property taxes are, without a vote, to be increased by 30 percent. Is that an arbitrary decision? Is it to pay for the $3 million overcharge to NMHU by the city? and county? I don’t even have a trash container, which I requested from the city seven years ago. Doesn’t matter. This sudden announcement by Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is certainly unwelcome, and his duh, duh answers lead us to further questions.

    Let us explore what exactly is being done with our tax dollars.

    Kirk Bonds

    Las Vegas

  • Letter: Defending Duran, Gurule-Giron

    In defense of council member Tonita Gurule-Giron and city employee Theresa Duran, I would like to point out that both women are being placed in an uncomfortable situation when addressing resident complaints, as reported in the Optic.

    Ms. Duran’s position exposes her to catching fire from both sides. I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. I wouldn’t doubt that council member Gurule-Giron may be fielding complaints from two wards on the west side.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A NEW LOOK. The Las Vegas Police Department headquarters, which stands on some choice real estate at the Old Town Plaza, is getting a new and long overdue look. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last week for the building renovation.

    We’re glad to see it. The PD’s new facade promised to complement this beautiful area of town.