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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace

    Sometimes it’s easy to identify with Gen. Halftrack, the forlorn company commander in the Beetle Bailey comic strip, who laments never receiving mail from the Pentagon.

    On occasion, I receive no feedback to items in Work of Art. But last week, there was an avalanche. A number of people e-mailed with comments about the alumni/ alumnus matter and solved a dozen common expressions which had been put into high-falutin’ language.

    All the responses came via e-mail, except for Betty Quick, who was quick to hand-deliver some of her own creations, listed below.

  • Editorial: Class of 2010 can be proud

    The Robertson High School Class of 2010 has been through a lot. The seniors who just graduated saw six of their classmates arrested for assaulting some underclassmen at the school’s annual football camp, then the entire class had to endure the humiliation that came with the resulting state and national attention.

  • Letter: ID needed for a lot of things

    I am asked to show identification: When I show up for a doctor’s appointment; when filling out a credit card or loan application; when applying for or renewing a drivers license or passport; when applying for any kind of insurance; when filling out college applications; when donating blood; when obtaining certain prescription drugs; when making some debit purchases, especially if I’m out of state; and when collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel.

  • As It Is: Not much scrutiny

    In a little more than a week, voters in two districts of San Miguel County will decide on their representatives on the County Commission.

    The commission doesn’t get much scrutiny from the public or the media.

    Part of the reason is that the county is a relatively smooth-running machine with little drama.

    But it’s also because county commissions in most places don’t get much attention.

    In a city, we’re closer together, and that results in many contentious issues — zoning, nuisances, public utilities such as water and sewer.

  • Letter: Speaking Spanish a political ploy

    Hey, all you English-only advocates, don’t you find it strange that all the politicians, and wannabes, politique in Spanish. It’s like these guys don’t know how to speak Spanish (or want to allow us to speak the language), except when they want something.

    Is this a form of “situation ethics” — kinda like Domenici promising, at every election, that he was going to have enforced the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

  • Letter: Leather jackets, revolving doors

    As a Mora County citizen, I find the articles in the Optic about the Mora County school superintendent scenario this past six months fascinating.

    We are told Dora Romero, former superintendent, was relieved of her superintendent position because of the “slush fund” purchases to which she agreed for leather jackets, steak dinners, et al.

    Then, in the May 12 Optic, we read that one of the recipients of those leather jackets, and steak dinners, New Mexico State Rep. Thomas Garcia, is being interviewed for the Mora County superintendent position.

  • Editorial: Proud of New Mexico

    When people from other parts of the country see New Mexico and Arizona on a map, they see two square states and imagine a land of deserts and mountains. They likely see our two states as very similar.

    But when it comes to politics, the two states are quite different. Thankfully.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    West Las Vegas/Los Niños Head Start would like to thank the following for helping to make our annual Transition Fair held April 30 a success:

    The staff at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, Subway/Shell, Mills Avenue Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, New Mexico State Police, Wind River Ranch, West Las Vegas Schools, Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Head Start staff and Transition Committee and all parents who attended. Additionally, a special thank you to State Rep. Thomas Garcia, who has been supporting this event for the past four years.