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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Optic kindled outlaw lore

    During the Optic’s first years, Las Vegas was the epicenter of vice and violence in the wild west, as many notorious outlaws took up residence in the new rail town.
    So it was that during the Optic’s formative years, Russ Kistler’s colorful coverage of the mayhem and mischief on the streets of Las Vegas, helped make the young editor one of the leading newspapermen of that era — and the Optic a precursor in creating the lore and legend of the western outlaw.

  • Another Perspective - A flood of memories with Sandy Hook news

    I cried most of the day Friday after I heard the news. It was unbearable to watch the special news reports on the television that hammered so relentlessly about the tragedy of children — babies for the Lord’s sake — being brutally murdered.
    It took me to almost late evening Saturday before I realized why I was so out-of-proportion upset. It was because, I finally realized, in a very small way, I had faced a similar incident more than a decade ago at San Bernardino Valley College in southern California where I was president.

  • Horrific impetus

    In the wake of the terrifying massacre in Newtown, Conn., where 20 little children and six educators were killed by a lone gunman, the nation has started up yet another debate over guns. Only this time, President Obama is weighing in.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 19, 2012
  • Work of Art - A fresh, new topic

    Months back in this space I mentioned some of the extremely specific topics I’ve covered since this column began in 2003.

    Would you believe one of the columns analyzed the word “up,” and how it can be used in many contexts, as in finish up, grow up, wise up, etc., without necessarily having anything to do with direction.

    Another column discussed the way people end their sentences with “so ...,” and, you know, another like parsed the overuse of “like” and “ya know.”     

  • Out to the ballgame

    Count us in as enthusiastic supporters of the plan to locate a semi-pro baseball team here in Las Vegas. Who isn’t in favor of it, given the multiple benefits it promises to bring to the city?

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 17, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Revisiting the regional idea

    Do you know what came of the regional water symposium held Oct. 30 at Luna Community College?

    Apparently, not much; at least, not yet.

    The symposium, which was organized by Richard Trujillo of the State Engineer’s Office and Pete Campos, state senator and Luna president, was intended as a starting point for a more region-wide approach to the water problems in northeastern New Mexico.