Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective: Addressing domestic abuse

    “Prominent resident beaten to death.”       

     “Prominent” was the word that stood out to me reading this headline in the April 6 edition of the Las Vegas Optic. The second jolt was a photo of Sherry Anne Clancy, a woman I knew.  

  • Nuestra Historia - El Distrito de las Escuelas: The Sisters of Loretto

    An organized system of formal education in New Mexico was non-existent until the late 1800s. In fact, when Gov. Albino Pérez proposed a tax levy in 1837 to help fund a system of public education, he was more than just rebuffed — he was beheaded.

  • Orgullo del Norte - The train and the first movemento of El Norte

    “History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Area deserves protection

    I am writing to commend Sens. Bingaman and Udall for their leadership in bringing Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishing Act one step closer to passage with a hearing last week in the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests.

  • Now is the time for bold action

    The East Board made a courageous choice in their action to hire none of the finalists for the vacant superintendent’s position.

    Isn’t now the perfect time to reconsider a consolidation of the two Las Vegas school districts?

    Isn’t now the moment, when teacher cuts in both districts are imminent?

    Isn’t now the opportune time, when our “community united” may make the boldest choice and take the action that would benefit the most children?

  • Tribute to an educator

    It has been said that we wait until people die before we say good things about them, but when Leonard Aragon retired from Mora Independent Schools I sent in a nice article to the Optic, describing his character, and it was published.

  • Mil Gracias

    The staff and parent-teacher organizations at Union Elementary and Don Cecilio elementary schools would like to thank the Bikes for Books Program; Masonic Charities Foundation of New Mexico, Chapman Lodge #2 AF & AM; the Las Vegas Wal-Mart store; the Eagles Aerie #3815; and the Robertson High School FFA Chapter for donating bicycles to give to our students as incentives for reading books and doing well in academics.

    Thanks to their generous donations we were able to reward our students this year with 25 bicycles.
    Delbert Saaverdra

  • Fun in the summertime

    It’s great to live in — and visit — Las Vegas. Our town has a fascinating multicultural history, complete with Old Town and New Town relics of our varied past and our diverse personalities. We’ve got a city museum (and another one on the way) filled with collective memories of yesteryear, along with other buildings so filled with historic artifacts that they could be labeled as museums, too.