Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 1, 2011
  • Questions about legal system

    A recent Optic article has left me with questions. It concerns a local mother and her 2-year-old and 8-month-old children who were separated from her while traveling from Portugal. She has been detained in Tennessee and her children were taken from the safety of their mother in what appears a very unprofessional and scary manner.

  • Understanding why mother ran

    As a father, I understand completely why Rebecca Montoya had to flee to protect her children. As a parent if you don’t protect your children, who will? In my opinion, custody should have never been granted to Tomas Lucero just because he is a state police officer.

  • Walmart should be responsible

    I am glad to see the city take the realistic step of canceling the fireworks show this year, due to fire danger.

    And I’m glad to hear (second hand) that Walmart is ceasing its sale of fireworks, as of Thursday. Better late than never!

    I hope all Las Vegans, even those who consider themselves careful and responsible, will save their fireworks for next year — hoping next year is not such tinderbox conditions for accidental fires.

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas

  • St. Isidore and prayer

    I recall growing up where culture, traditions and faith worked hand in hand. Most of the people in the Mora Valley back in the ‘30s and ‘40s made their living off their crops.
    They had what they called the dry years, and the wet years. During the dry years people would take the statue of St. Isidore and parade him through the fields and the people would be blessed with rain.

  • Nuestra Historia - Fiestas!

    Since Las Vegas was founded in 1835, fiestas have been celebrated at the Old Town Plaza, but a Fourth of July celebration did not begin until 1882.

    Before then, grand celebrations were held on the Plaza for traditional Hispanic religious funciones on July 25 and 26, los días de Santiago y Santa Ana (St. James the Greater, patron saint of Spain, and St. Anne, patron saint of mothers and family). These religious feast days have been celebrated by the Hispanic community for centuries, and are still commemorated throughout New Mexico.

  • Orgullo del Norte - Setting the record straight

    Since I began writing Orgullo del Norte, I have received numerous remarks from readers. The vast majority of comments received have been positive.

    However, there are some readers who believe that, politically, I am on the far right and others that think I am on the far left. Some have even come to the assumption that I believe that historically, all whites are racist and have even been asked if I were anti-Spanish.

    Allow me to set the record straight.

  • No fireworks. Period.

    Here’s the reality: Municipalities are limited by law in what they can do to stop fireworks from being sold or used within their city limits. State law inhibits municipalities’  abilities to impose all-out bans on their sale or use.