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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Special treatment

    Recently, former San Miguel County Undersheriff Joe Robert Urban was arrested on a charge of drunken driving. The gun-carrying Urban was stopped by state police on Mountain View Drive, officials said.

    While most offenders go to jail after being arrested on suspicion of DWI, Urban, who retired just a few months ago, got to go home. He was released to his former longtime co-worker, Sheriff Benjie Vigil.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A SMOOTH ELECTION. More than 2,000 Las Vegas residents cast ballots Tuesday, electing a new mayor and two new council members, re-electing by acclamation the municipal judge and approving a new constitution for the city. Alfonso Ortiz was elected with a commanding majority over two write-in candidates; Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero won pluralities in Ward 1 and Ward 4, and a strong majority said yes to the new city charter.

  • Letter: Time for action against violence

    Las Vegans may remember when, in 2003, Mayor Henry Sanchez led a long procession (and) read a proclamation focusing on our community’s concern about the violence perpetrated against women in Las Vegas and ...

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Las Vegas Branch of the American Association of University Women wishes to thank the citizens of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Women’s Club, Chapter H of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, Donnelly Library and Tome on the Range for their contributions of new and used books and other media to our annual Book Sale. Without your help and support, we would not have been so successful.

  • Letter: Now isn’t the time for Pecos bond

      ... The Pecos School District illegally used Pecos students to handout the bond pamphlets at the homecoming game. Using students to campaign for political purposes is against the law.  The Pecos School District just recently built two new administrative buildings that cost close to $1 million; however, the monies used to build these administrative offices could have been re-appropriated to accommodate the students’ needs.  The Pecos School District is trying to pass a bond for $5.1 million.

  • Editorial: An unusual negotiation

    Imagine the following scenario: Bob has a for-sale sign on his Ford pickup truck. A stranger is looking it over, seemingly interested.

    “What will you pay for my truck?” Bob asks the man.

    “I’ll give you $3,000,” the stranger responds.

    “No, that’s too much. I’ll sell it to you for $2,000,”the seller says.

    Say what?

  • Editorial: Staking a claim

    By the end of the day on Tuesday, all those who want to stake a claim on the future of Las Vegas will have voted in this year’s municipal election. They will have mapped out the next chapter in the city’s history — and since newspapers write “the first draft of history,” voters will be helping to decide the headlines to run in the Las Vegas Optic over the next couple of years.

    Is this municipal election really that important? Let’s take a look.

  • Letter: Memories make Las Vegas home

    After many years living in a small community such as Las Vegas, one begins a list of the friends and acquaintances who have passed away. And gradually, a kind of phantom city begins to co-exist alongside the actual city. Here and there, as one goes about town, one passes a house that once belonged to someone now numbered among the dead. The house has new occupants. It is their house now. Yet it stirs up memories of its former occupant. It is still their house too!