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Today's Opinions

  • 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!

  • As It Is: An unlevel playing field

    A few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against longtime bans on corporate and union contributions to political campaigns.

    The court said such bans infringed on First Amendment rights.

    Really?

    No law has prohibited people from exercising their free-speech rights, especially when it comes to politics. Yet some argue that restrictions on contributions are a form of free-speech infringement. If so, then wealthy people have been suffering for years. Or have they really?

  • Letter: Ash Wednesday not in Bible

    I noticed on Wednesday, Feb. 17, several people wore crosses in ash on their foreheads, and I remembered it was Ash Wednesday. I would like to ask your readers to consider something.

    Is Ash Wednesday found anywhere in the Bible? No, it is not. Then where did it come from? It is merely human tradition and man-made doctrine.

  • Letter: Land commissioner has too much power

    I am a longtime bow hunter and have hunted the White Peak area since 1976. I have been following closely State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons’ proposals to trade State Trust Land to private ranchers in order to “consolidate” parcels of private and state land in the White Peak area. Rather than beat a dead horse with details of the controversy, I would instead like to point out another very important issue that could have possibly avoided this entire mess.

  • Lawmaker's Perspective: The coming fiscal year

    The New Mexico Legislature did a lot of work during the regular 30-day session to prepare good tax policy proposals to fill the “sinkholes” that are threatening the provision of core government services.

    Although we had a 30-day window to set the framework to raise sufficient revenues to fund an efficient level of government and to compose a prudent budget, revenue projections have been volatile and we’ve been getting reliable indications that revenues are falling further, perhaps by as much as $100 million.  

  • Letter: Las Vegas treats its strays badly

    One measure of a solid, stand-up community is how they treat their stray animals. A town that takes these animals in and does its best to ensure they are cared for medically and returned home or rehomed is a stand-up town. Las Vegas has a very bad reputation when it comes to helping its animals most in need.

  • Letter: Criticism of ruling is inaccurate

    Robert Pearson’s Feb. 5 letter in the Optic suggests a response. The Supreme Court’s decision to which he refers is Citizens v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling which did not “overthrow a century of practice and decades of legal rulings” as Pearson states.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, wishes to again thank the United World College and Tome on the Range for their partnership in the successful Literacy Fair held Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. This year’s theme was “Where the Wild Things Are: Adventures in Reading.”