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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias letter

    NMHU's Student Support Services would like to thank the following merchants for their generous donations for our annual Awards Banquet on April 22. Our award recipients were very appreciative of your kind contributions:

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... NO FENCING. The feud between the Storrie Lake Water Users Association and the state appears to have subsided, with a three-year agreement having been reached between the two. The most obvious consequence is that the lake will now open for shoreline fishing this summer and there won’t be any prohibitive and unsightly fences going up.

  • To the Point: Why do they hate him?

    The vituperation and enmity so energetically and continually focused on Barack Obama by a significant — and loud — portion of our national citizenry has made me “curiouser and curiouser,” especially because I expected this to wane after he won the presidency in such undeniable and resounding fashion.  

  • Letter: Wake up, Mora, before it's too late

    Remember, la gente de Mora, that the oil and gas that lies beneath your land is worth hundreds of billions of dollars to the greedy oil companies. The oil representatives will come to you with their mentiras about how much good they are going to do for you. You must understand que por los poquito centavos you receive you will be giving away tu salud, la amistad, y sus tierras.  When all the money you have received is gone, your kids, your grandkids, and possibly yourselves van andar por las calles.

  • Letter: City delayed the Cinder project

    Yes, there was $55,500 appropriated for Cinder Road Drainage Improvements in 2006. The money was to be spent on increasing the size of the culvert crossing on Cinder Road just north of Palo Verde (a city drainage ditch/structure).

    The appropriation went to the city of Las Vegas, appropriation numbers 06-2086 and 05-2306.

    The county on several occasions approached the city to complete the work as it was designed and to be completed. This was done in anticipation of the work the county will be completing on the Cinder Pedestrian and Bicycle Path.

  • Letter: Optic goes to back of the class

    Concerning online comments: Do you know the difference between the finest newspaper in the country, the New York Times, and our very own homegrown Las Vegas Optic?

    Both have journalists struggling to report facts accurately; both provide editorial opinions that enlighten their subscribers. And unfortunately, they’re both facing considerable financial hurdles due to America’s changing reading habits.

  • Editorial: Why did they close doors?

    In New Mexico, governing bodies can meet behind closed doors only for a few limited purposes. Chief among them are to discuss personnel matters, pending or threatened litigation, union negotiations, or the purchase or sale of real estate.

    We have to trust our elected representatives to strictly follow the state Open Meetings Act. Unfortunately, it’s hard to hold them accountable because we can’t listen in when the doors are closed.

  • Work of Art: What a difference a plate makes

    “The reason I stopped you is that I noticed your license plate is lacking a comma between the word ‘Go’ and ‘Cowboys.’ Please exit the vehicle and provide proof you are in this country legally.”

    “Well, I, er, intended to insert that comma today, sir.”

    The dialogue was part of my dream, or rather, obsession now that I realize what a difference a plate makes — 24 little dollars. But that license plate, an official Highlands University prestige tag, has become a preoccupation and an attention-getter.