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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Plans for Highlands' growth

    What does the future hold? Like everyone else, we at New Mexico Highlands University wish we could know with certainty, but we can’t.

    Nonetheless, planning for the future is essential. Since early 2009, Highlands has been working with Studio Insite, an architectural firm specializing in helping universities plan for growth. They have examined existing facilities, pedestrian and vehicular flow patterns, and the university’s programmatic and enrollment goals to formulate a master plan for the university’s future.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    I would like to thank both the members of the Las Vegas Fire Department and Gallinas Fire Department  for all the help they gave me while I was in need of heart surgery. Also, thanks to everyone who contributed toward my cause.

    Everything was greatly appreciated. I went through my heart surgery and am doing well. Thank you again.

    Frank Lovato

    Las Vegas

  • Work of Art: It may sound sil-ly

    ‘What’s happened to Lee?” my friend Susan Swan straight-facedly asked me this week, and I fidgeted while attempting an answer.

    “Well, Lee, our erstwhile features editor at the Optic, isn’t with us any longer,” I think I answered. Susan responded, “I don’t mean that Lee.”

    But let’s back up a little. We’ll get to the other Lee in a few graphs.

    Language is what people say it is, which is why you won’t ever find me criticizing its usage.

    Yeah, right.

  • Editorial: The agents of change

    Aside from the question about the percentage of votes necessary to pass the new Las Vegas city charter into law — a simple majority vs. a super majority  — this much is certain: Most of last week’s voters declared that they want change. Fifty-six percent preferred a new charter over the four-decades-old document that was approved when the two Vegases united into a single city in 1970.

    Actually, “change” is a familiar refrain for voters; we’ve noticed it numerous times in recent years.

  • As It Is: A surprising election

    Am I surprised that San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz handily beat two write-in opponents in last week’s mayoral election?

    No. It’s rare that a write-in candidate wins. Many mention how Republican Joe Skeen won as a write-in the 1980 congressional race in southern New Mexico. But he was only the third person in U.S. history to be elected as a write-in to Congress. And there were unusual circumstances — a divided Democratic opposition and no GOP candidate on the ballot.

  • Letter: Stale old system still going strong

    The recent arrest and release of a retired San Miguel County deputy on a DWI charge reminded me of a great lesson I learned in a geometry class at Robertson High School. I was a sophomore. We should have been going over the finer points of a parallelogram, but instead we were talking school politics.

  • Editorial: Yes, charter passed

    Last week, 56 percent of voters approved a new charter for the city of Las Vegas — a 35-page document that includes, among other things, a requirement for runoff elections when no candidate gets a simple majority of votes.

    But now some people, including former city attorney Danelle Smith, are suggesting that 60 percent was needed to pass the charter, which serves as the city’s constitution.

  • Work of Art: A chill’s not a thrill

    Ever had chills up and down your spine? I used to think it was a myth — until I saw the famous pea-soup scene in “The Exorcist,” when Regan, the possessed child, decorated Father Damien Karras’s face with it.