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Today's Opinions

  • Still needed in the GOP

    Recently, former New Mexico Gov. David Cargo visited Las Vegas, as he has done so many times before. And true to his nature, this lifelong Republican found friends at every turn in this overwhelmingly Democratic town.

    On radio and at this newspaper, he told the tales of his political trials and tribulations as though he were reliving the glory days of his illustrious past. Anyone who is familiar with him knows he’s quite the storyteller — he has a lot of fun remembering days gone by.

  • Letter: Seeking items from New Mexico

    Hi! I am a fifth-grade student at West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying geography and the history of the United States. I’m glad I have New Mexico because I like studying Native Americans. I would appreciate it if you could send me a map, some souvenirs, and some pictures.

    My teacher would like a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I appreciate your time. Thank you!

    Greg S. of Mrs Newlin’s Social Studies class

    West Ridge Elementary School

    1401 19th St., Harlan, IA 51537

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... AGENDAS NOT HELPFUL. The state Open Meetings Act requires that governing bodies produce a list of specific items -- otherwise known as an agenda -- to be discussed for their meetings. The attorney general’s office interprets this requirement to mean that interested members of the public are given reasonable notice about the topics a public body plans to address. It advises against using broad or vague terms.

  • Letter: Letter to a group of special youth

    This letter is addressed to the students from San Miguel and Mora counties who were pictured in the paper on March 19.

    Congratulations to all of you for your accomplishment, your academic achievements are a pride to your parents, your school and your community.

    You are all very special youth, with special talents.

    Follow your dreams and don’t even give up. You were chosen to be leaders and role models for your peers.

  • Letter: Don't gamble with our future

    Mora County voters have put together an effective team of county commissioners who have made significant accomplishments. Through their leadership and vision, Mora County has made several improvements on many fronts, such as:

    • The county budget has been balanced and has been brought out of the red, in spite of the difficult economic times.

    • County employees were brought from a 32-hour work week to a 40-hours work week in order to serve the public effectively.

  • Letter: Religious traditions valued

    It was very disheartening to me and a large majority of the population of this town to read a recent letter that criticizes us who on Ash Wednesday participated in practicing a religious tradition we deeply believe in.

  • Editorial: Tragedy, but still hoping

    Once again, incidents and alleged incidents of driving while intoxicated are all over the pages of this newspaper. In just two editions of the Optic, we find tragedy, outrage and a glimmer of hope.

    Last week, a too-familiar nightmare took place. A driver, suspected of being drunk, crossed over the Interstate 25 median and crashed head-on into an another traveler’s vehicle. Gone are Cecilio Jaramillo,  28, of Santa Fe, the suspected drunken driver, and Mariah Arguello, 18, of Las Vegas, who was just getting started in life.

  • Letter: Wary of the impact of consolidation

    You needn’t go very far to find those opposed to “change agents.”  The citizens of West Las Vegas were the most adamant for consolidating the two “cities,” but the Las Vegas Daily Optic opposed that consolidation just as adamantly.  I am sure you can find those stories in your own archives.