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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias letters

    Parent Night or Open House was held on Monday, Oct. 19, at West Las Vegas High School. Parents were invited to meet and speak with their children’s teachers regarding grades, attendance, or any other matter in regard to their child’s education. Sign-in sheets in the front lobby indicated that 302 parents attended the event.

  • Letter: Enlightened irresponsibility

    As one of the uneducated, unenlightened elite, who for some reason does not know with absolute certainty when human life begins, I was surprised to learn that I was one of those anti-abortion people who are therefore “anti-women, anti-child, and pro-patriarchy.” Gosh, I always thought when a human fetus was allowed to come to term a human being was born, not Flipper or Rin-Tin-Tin. But what do I know, I’m only playing with half a deck according to Ms. Joan Krohn, because I oppose abortion.

  • Work of Art: Olive, the other reindeer

    Invention is the mother of necessity. Just because if it’s been manufactured, we must have one. A look at the spending frenzy Sunday night at Santa Fe’s Best Buy convinced me that the world is ending tomorrow, and if people don’t buy their gadgets immediately, there’s no hope.

    For the most part, I’m a practitioner of shopping at home, but what I needed was not available locally. As I saw people grabbing up flat-screen TVs, for less than $200, I wondered why the serious jolt to the economy doesn’t seem to have hit Santa Fe or Las Vegas.

  • Editorial: Luna and the trades

    We’re glad to see Luna Community College continuing to emphasize to its vocational programs. It’s a great way to serve both its students, who need to go on to good-paying jobs, and area industries, which need well-qualified workers.

  • As It Is: Stories that need to be told

    I don’t like writing domestic violence stories. I know that their publication has effects on families.

    But if the allegations are true, then the offender deserves the blame, not anyone else.

    I often look at Optic editions  from decades ago, and you see plenty of crime stories. What’s missing is reports of domestic violence. Does that mean such offenses never occurred back then? Of course not.

    In those days, law enforcement, the media and society in general considered domestic violence a private matter. It was between a man and a woman.

  • Letter: Mayor is doing a good job

    I think Mayor Tony Marquez has done a good job for Las Vegas, being that he was new at the job and young when he started. He helped with the development of Grand Avenue and worked on utility rates and with the homeless shelter’s program. He hired a good city manager after reviewing candidates. He works long hours. I watch them on TV. They work until 9 p.m. at times.

    Alfonzo Ortiz thinks he’ll be able to handle that at 69. ... He’s too old already.

  • Editorial: Old-school hiring

    Covering government can feel like a perpetual merry go round. And when it comes to the Mora school district, we’re getting awfully dizzy.

    The district has suffered much embarrassment this year. First, the Optic revealed that the schools spent thousands on leather jackets, beef jerky and other refreshments and meals for our area state lawmakers. Then after that, the state auditor revealed that the district improperly diverted tens of thousands in federal and other funds into a discretionary account, which turned out to be a slush fund for top school officials.

  • Letter: Workers rally locally organized

    I was shocked to read in the Optic that Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, told our county commissioners that someone from the Optic planned the pro-workers-rights rally. How absurd!