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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 6, 2017
  • Work of Art: ‘Don’t ask us any questions’

    A half dozen of us sat nervously in the advanced English classroom of  Mrs. Ruth Shafer, a veteran teacher who, many had heard, ran her students through the paces.

    Mrs. Shafer, wherever she is would probably fault me for using such a cliché (“through the paces”), but even as I write this, I think back more than five decades to the favorable impressions she left on us.
    Let me explain:

  • We’re obsessed with science — sometimes

    Science teachers and college professors everywhere might have been delighted to see how much American interest there was in the recent solar eclipse. Between class involvement, travel of great distances to get to the best viewing spots and widespread dialogue about proper eye protection, the desire to experience and learn from a natural phenomenon is encouraging.

    However, if, during upcoming budget cycles and hearings or conferences, it would be great if many not directly in the science world would stick up for its importance.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 3, 2017
  • Just a thought - Don’t kick the can down the road; pick it up

    By Rick Kraft

    If there is a better version of yourself in your mind, why not become that better version?

    Become today who you intend to be tomorrow. Why not?

    If I asked you to close your eyes and imagine the person you would like to become in a month, three months, or six months ... whom would you visualize? Do you see a thinner you? A happily married person? A person with less financial stress? You on a beach vacation?

    Who do you plan to become?

  • Another Perspective - Don’t confuse gloating with relief

    By John Geffroy

    On Aug. 16, the Las Vegas Optic published an editorial which originally appeared in the Jacksonville, N.C., Daily News entitled “Dems, don’t gloat over failure.”

  • Another Perspective - A Las Vegan’s account of the solar eclipse

    By Joe Cooney

    I traveled with fellow Las Vegans Joe Whiteman and Mary Byers all the way to a remote mountaintop near Dubois, Wyo. to watch the recent solar eclipse.

    The morning was glorious and sunny with no hint of the astronomical drama that was about to unfold. We had camped about a half-mile below the viewing spot because of the steepness of the rocky dirt road and because of a bog that had developed in one of it’s few flat sections that was a sure invitation to getting our vehicle stuck.

  • Letters to the editor - Sept. 3, 2017

    Refugee reform
    Not wanting to be left out, San Miguel County government is considering becoming a sanctuary county and thus the Cities of Las Vegas and Pecos sanctuaries too. It’s important that our local elected officials are considered just as politically correct and progressive as those in Santa Fe and elsewhere.

    It’s a badge of honor to stand against the law they have sworn to uphold. What could be nobler than signaling to their constituents that if you don’t like a law, then defy it.