Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 18, 2011
  • DWI court a good move

    A new approach to drunken drivers is needed, since New Mexico — including Las Vegas — isn’t progressing nearly fast enough in getting them off our roadways. So we’re glad to see local judges taking a different tack, especially when it comes to the high-risk DWIs that threaten the public’s safety.

  • Publisher's Note: Las Vegas United

    At the risk of pointing out the obvious, and sounding like a broken record, allow me to point out once again that we live in a divided community.

    I’m not just talking about our two school districts, or the conflicting perspectives between Anglos and Hispanics, or young vs. old, or even the ugly and unnecessary resentments between natives and newcomers. I’m talking about all of the above, which is fed by the antiquated notion that someone out there is going to destroy that which we hold dear.

  • Don’t let Holman Post Office close

    The community of Holman was informed on Wednesday, April 6, that the Post Office is considering closing the Holman Post Office, which has been without a postmaster since the untimely death of Dolly Gallegos last year. The community is mobilizing to fight this, and information is our tool.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Saturday’s “Jamboree for Japan” was a rousing success — and a lot of fun to boot. Members of First United Methodist Church, students from United World College and other volunteers organized various “booths” in the basement of the church for such things as how to make origami and paper lanterns, write haiku poems, use chopsticks, and more.

    And the $10 admission also got you a full meal. It was all to benefit Japanese people suffering after the effects of last month’s earthquake and tsunami.

  • Nuestra Historia - Trinidad goes to Washington

    As concerns the next several columns in particular, I humbly acknowledge the scholarly writings of Ralph Emerson Twitchell, Lynn Perrigo and  Maurilio Vigil, as well as the personal history imparted to me by John Paul Taylor and by my dear friend since childhood, Arabella Romero Aragon, Don Miguel Romero’s great-great-granddaughter.

  • Orgullo del Norte -The doctrine of Manifest Destiny

    “Our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions. Yes, manifest destiny.”
    — John O'Sullivan, editor of the Democratic Review

    While the inhabitants of El Norte were busy tending to their crops, families and sheep, President James Polk, a Democrat, was giving his inauguration speech. On the night of his inauguration, he confided to the Secretary of the Navy that his main objective was the acquisition of California.

  • Rebuttal to board member’s words

    The tongue-lashing FFA students got at the last board meeting was way out of line. Statements made by Gloria Lovato-Pacheco, newly installed to the board that very evening, came off sounding quite inflammatory against a group of some of the hardest working students at Robertson.

    As parents of FFA students, we thought a few clarifications might be helpful to the Optic readers.