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Today's Opinions

  • Impropriety runs deep

    Residents of Erb Place and Anderson Drive who have been affected by the recent planning and zoning debacle appreciate our mayor’s actions to correct recent instances of impropriety and conflicts of interest.

    Illegal activity on the part of government appointees certainly should not be tolerated; but this issue has not yet been resolved and the outrage has not diminished.

  • Nuestra Historia - Democrats swept on eve of statehood

    Public corruption is nothing new to New Mexico, and on the eve of statehood, the seemingly invincible Republican Party suffered a humiliating defeat amid a cloud of misconduct surrounding its candidate for governor.

  • Our choices in the runoffs

    About a week before the March 6 municipal election, we began making recommendations as to who we believed would best serve the city of Las Vegas. We endorsed Martín Gallegos for the Ward 3 position on the City Council, touting, among other things, his no-nonsense approach to the issues facing the city.

  • Work of Art - Eggs-actly right

    “Cáscara or piñon?” That was the choice my oldest sister Dolores offered us in our youth, as the aroma of our mother’s homemade bread wafted through the kitchen.

    Bread was a Saturday staple in Mom’s kitchen, and those first in line got the choice pickings. Let’s define a few terms first:

  • An attractive proposal

    It’s hard to see anything wrong with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to establish a new wildlife refuge and conservation area in Mora, San Miguel and Colfax counties.

    • It will provide and secure a great habitat for migratory birds and other natural resources in the area.

    • It will not force neighboring landowners to sell their land or enter into conservation easements; instead, it will allow them to continue using their land for grazing and agriculture as the area enjoys extra protections.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 9, 2012
  • Work of Art - Highlands’ big event

    Volunteerism is alive and well in Las Vegas. Just ask Sharon Caballero.
    Several months ago, she set out to create a celebration of Jim Fries’ five years as president of Highlands University. A former Highlands president herself who now runs the university’s foundation, she saw it as an opportunity to celebrate a lot of accomplishments under Fries and to raise money for a good and timely cause — scholarships.

  • The dowsing technique

    I read with interest your piece about water dowsing in last week’s Optic. I was first exposed to dowsing when my dad and I visited Mr. Tapley (who ran Western Drugs where Charlie’s is now located) when I was at his cabin in the upper Gallinas Canyon. He showed how, with two pieces of coat hanger, you could find the underground stream on his property. Dad and I tried it at home a few hours later to find the water service to the house.