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Today's Opinions

  • As It Is: The bunker mentality

    In the 1990s, another reporter and I were kicked out of a room where a union election was being held.

    My much older colleague told those present, “I’ve been kicked out of better places.”

    I’m always been tempted to use that line when someone is prepared to show me the door. But surprisingly, I have managed to hold my tongue.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The volunteers at El Comedor (the Tuesday evening soup kitchen at the Senior Center) would like to thank Chairman Mike Fields and the rest of the Rough Rider Rally Committee and Joe Aragon from the Department of Health for their donation of leftover barbecue chicken, potato salad and other goodies for our Tuesday evening meal. It was delicious and enjoyed by all who came.

  • Letter: Good reporting requires digging

    Was reading the article by David Giuliani “The decline in smoking,” in the Optic on Aug. 2, when half way through, I started smoking.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A LOCAL ATTRACTION. Last week, as part of Las Vegas’ Heritage Week, Fort Union Drive-in showed a free double feature, “Red Dawn” and “Convoy.” Both movies are among many with scenes shot in Las Vegas.

    The Meadow City is lucky to have a drive-in theater; it’s one of only two in New Mexico, the other being in Carlsbad. It contributes to the quality of life of our community, as a fun place to go on summer weekends.

  • Letter: Thoughts on local money, events

    Legislators brag about all the money allocated for Las Vegas, N.M., every legislative session. The highest paid educational and behavioral health positions in our humble little city all take their money right back to Santa Fe, N.M., where they reside.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    We, the West Las Vegas High School Class of 1960, thank the individuals who contributed to make our 50th-year reunion during the July 4 Fiestas such a success.

    We thank the Bank of Las Vegas, which sponsored our reunion float in the parade and donated flag fans to cool off the spectators in the parade route.

    Our thanks to Albert Goke, who provided the float frame and construction. Phil Leger loaned the group his flatbed trailer.

    Thanks to Judy Ramirez who fabricated a quilt with inlaid pictures of Class of 1960 members.

  • Editorial: Keep track of service

    The Las Vegas City Council recently gave a new two-year contract to the community’s ambulance provider, Superior Ambulance.

    But the city, by its own admission, hasn’t closely monitored the company’s performance for such details as response times. One of the reasons, Fire Chief Phil Mares said, was that Superior apparently had problems getting data from the city’s police dispatchers.

  • Work of Art: Why the hand inspection?

    “May I see your hands, please?” Good grief! Is she coming on to me? I thought.

     Instead, she rubbed what looked like a small, damp orange Wet One across my palms. “Now turn around.”

    I did so, my anxiety increasing. “I meant ‘turn your hands around.’” I did that too. So the backs and the palms got swabbed, but what for? We’ll get into that later.