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Today's Opinions

  • To the Point: Highlands is cheap but not inexpensive

    Highlands University has a reputation as a school that doesn’t cost much: The tuition is the lowest of any state university.  Coupled with the low tuition is a high proportion of students who receive significant financial aid. For many, the tuition is irrelevant. They’re not paying it anyway.

  • Letter: Giuliani's opinions aren't truth-based

    Calling opinion the truth does not make it so! In David Giuliani’s July 5 column, he opined that racial profiling will follow from the Arizona immigration law, in direct violation of that same law. Are some law enforcement officials criminals? Obviously some may be — it has been known to happen here in New Mexico, too. However, I believe that the vast majority of Arizona officers are honorable. (And my naturalized daughter’s rights are riding upon this; she was born in Paraguay.)

  • Work of Art: Where's the beef? Not in tacos

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Anyone who’s been around long enough for a green-and-red chile (notice the word ends in an “e,” not an “i”) inauguration knows the beneficial effects of eating it. It can cure gout, asthma, the common cold, rheumatism, depression, indigestion and a bad attitude.

  • Editorial: Ortiz ignores political rule

    Sometimes it seems as if there’s a rule in politics that officeholders must run for re-election — or at least leave the question open until the very end. But if it’s a rule, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is ignoring it.

    This week, Ortiz, just five months into his two-year term, revealed that he doesn’t plan to run again in 2012.

  • Letter: Martinez did great job running fiestas

    I would like to comment on the fiestas this year.

    There are 15 couples from Denver, Colo., who stay at the Sunshine Motel and there are four couples who stay at the Best Western motel for the fiestas. This was our 17th year in a row going to the fiestas.

    I would like to let you know that we had a great time this year. We especially like the fact that the tree was not closed off this year for some of the elderly to sit and watch the entertainment you had.

  • As It Is: Mathew and Matt

    With all of the publicity lately about the Fiesta Council, some are getting confused about who council President Mathew Martinez is.

    Some have mixed him up with Matt Martinez, who runs radio station KNMX and is a former mayor.

    I can see why some are confused because Mathew Martinez used to have a morning radio show on KNMX and still does some work for the station.

    Also, both men lead local groups that have seen considerable controversy in recent times.

  • Editorial: What if Vegas grows?

    Las Vegas is like many others towns: It extends its utilities to people outside city limits. This is a common practice.

    Recently, the San Miguel County Commission approved a 46-lot subdivision called Óxido north of Las Vegas. The developer seems to have created a good plan for the subdivision.

    But we’re still concerned that the development is poised to get water, natural gas and trash pickup service from the city.

  • Letter: Optic editor too judgmental

    Is there nothing that escapes your observation? Do you feel you must comment on every perceived wrong? Barriers were set up to protect my right of egress and ingress into my home. If I were to ask the city, the police or the organizers of the fiesta event to please recognize my right to get to my home, I would still be waiting.