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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias - April 2, 2012

    The 18th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad took place on March 9 in Ilfeld Auditorium to a sold-out crowd despite the wintery weather.  In my estimation, it was, as in years past, a tremendous success, thanks to each of the performers who were applauded by a respectful and appreciative audience. Once again, we were all treated to the talent, passion and effort invested by each performer.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

    WELL DESERVED, AND A GOOD SIGN. New Mexico Highlands University employees who haven’t seen a pay raise since the fall of 2009 will get bonuses next month. On Monday, regents approved a proposal by President Jim Fries to give full-time employees who have been with the university prior to the first of this year a one-time $500 bonuses in April. Regular part-time employees will be given pro-rated bonuses.

  • Nuestra Historia

    By Jesus Lopez

    They remain among the most passionate and inspiring words penned by our founders in 1910, and they are virtually set in stone: “Children of Spanish descent shall never be denied the right of admission in the public schools, and shall never be classed in separate schools, but shall forever enjoy perfect equality.”

  • Support for city’s ‘rights’ ordinance

    A letter in the March 9 Optic questions the Las Vegas City Council’s consideration of an ordinance affirming the city’s rights to self determination. Among their concerns, the writers mention the following two items. First, they claim that the ordinance “annul(s) the federal and state constitutional rights of certain entities and individuals,” and secondly, they express concerns about water.

  • Upholding basic freedoms

    I write in respectful dissent to the recent letter “Rights ordinance full of problems.” The writers portray the ordinance as an illegal invitation to anarchy, when in fact it upholds basic rights, legal doctrines, and values that date to the founding of the United States.

  • Fracking not the way to go

    Keep up with the City of Las Vegas’ vote on the issue.

    Fracking pollutes our water, lowers the water table, causes earthquakes and “booms,” violates our basic laws against intrusive corporate takeover (privatization) of our right to safe utilities, etc.
    Don’t lose sight of the effort to sneak fracking past us.

    If fracking is the means by which we maintain our energy levels, it is high time we turn this ship of state toward alternative energies (see Germany’s efforts, see France’s efforts, etc.

  • Stick to your ‘rights,’ Las Vegas

    I observed with great pleasure the Las Vegas City Council meeting March 21. It was a credit to the citizens of Las Vegas, many of whom spoke eloquently in favor of a proposed Bill of Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance intended to protect your city’s water, air and land from corporate predation, and specifically from the poisoning of water sources by hydraulic “fracking” for natural gas.

  • Unintended consequences

    The Las Vegas City Council is considering a new ordinance that will give ecosystems “rights.”

    Aside from the legal absurdity that the ordinance would establish local government as “sovereign” over state and federal, and the environmental hubris that places the City Council in a position to determine what is evolutionarily correct, this ordinance will likely lead to the decline of the acequia culture along the Gallinas.