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Today's Opinions

  • Publisher's Note: Love of country, community

    The national discourse, as well as a little local talk I’ve heard lately, got me to thinking about patriotism. And love of community. Let me start with our views of the U.S., then bring it on home.

  • ‘Paul,’ shot in LV, was warm, funny

    I recently saw the movie, “Paul,” much of it shot on Bridge Street in Las Vegas. Unlike many films shot in New Mexico, I  thoroughly enjoyed it; I thought it was very warm and funny.

    I am disappointed that so many people I’ve mentioned it to, are not aware of it, or aware that it was playing at the Kiva. I hope “locals” will see this nice little film, in which we can all take some pride.

    Jim Terr
    Santa Fe
     

  • Mil Gracias

    Mil Gracias to all those who made the first annual Stop Diabetes Walk and free diabetes health screenings event a success! Volunteers included Donna Ortiz and her Dreammakers Health Career Club at Robertson High School; Christina Lovato and the Semillas de Salud Health Career Club at West Las Vegas High School; and El Centro Family Health staff and providers, including Jenna Schipporeit, Marian McAdams, Chris Ruge, Angela Baumeister, April Valdez, and Vincent Ruiz.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! FIRST THIS YEAR. A Las Vegas woman was charged with an open count of murder in last week’s stabbing death of her husband. Police say Suzanne Aguilar, 45, called 911 about a domestic violence incident in progress last Friday morning, and admitted stabbing Michael Martinez, 48, who died at the home on Salazar Street.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 1, 2011
  • Negotiation is best way to go

    As one of the negotiators for the acequias in the matter of the remand, I want to thank the Optic for the editorial of March 23. As you wrote, negotiations will produce a much better result than any ruling by the courts. If the courts rule in favor of either the city or the acequias, the community will lose. This is because the courts are not interested in writing a sharing agreement that meets the needs of our community.

  • Two issues that show ineptitude

    Over the past year I have resisted the temptation to complain about local governmental events affecting Las Vegas citizens but now I am angry.  Two items have recently shown the ineptitude of appointed and elected officials.  

    The first is the absence of audits in the East Las Vegas school system. This is not just an oversight, it was done on purpose. It is illegal and someone should be held accountable, not just reprimanded or fired.

  • We’re burned by ‘growth’

    Remember when little ole Las Vegas was a sleepy little town — catorriando, but ever-ready to help. In my travels, I have seen “growth” and purported fiscal conservatism, which turned out to be hubris and greed.

    I returned to the place of my birth to find “growth” to be infecting my hometown. Never mind that our life-blood, water, cannot support anymore consumers/annexations.