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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Lujan visits are disingenuous

    These so-called visits with the citizens in Las Vegas by our new (hopefully one-term) Congressman Ben Ray Lujan are fake and only intended to make Mr. Lujan appear interested in what we have to say. He has held only one public town hall meeting — immediately after he was elected. Now, he comes to town and only meets with selected citizens (like George Bush used to do) or with those folks who happen to hear about it weeks ahead of time and make an appointment to speak to him for five minutes in private. Does he think he is the Pope or what?

  • Work of Art: That would be nice ...

    With 2010 coming up, we wonder what changes we can expect. And if there are changes, which ones and to what extent?

    People don’t feel too concerned over the nice, even round number that 2010 will represent, nothing like when nature’s odometer turned from 1999 to 2000, or Year Two Thousand.

  • Editorial: Wishes for New Year

    For the last several years, the Optic has presented its New Year’s wishes for our community. Next year, our community will experience its share of progress and setbacks. We can’t predict them, but we have our hopes for 2010:

  • Letter: Council right to reject invocation

    The City Council has unanimously rejected a proposal by Mayor Tony Marquez to open each meeting with an invocation, and rightfully so. There is no legal basis for including prayer at public meetings; there is, in fact, a legal basis to prohibit it.  Thankfully the City Council has the good sense to reject this second attempt to inject religion into the public square.

  • As It Is: Ignorance may be an excuse

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse — or so the authorities like to tell us. But I think ignorance may be a good excuse in Las Vegas.

    After all, we don’t have easy access to the ordinances that govern us.

    Many cities have ordinances available at their libraries or city halls. Not Las Vegas.

    Some municipalities actually have their laws online. Not Las Vegas.

  • Letter: Boxing tourney helps the city

    I’m just writing to thank and praise Mr. Carlos Crespin and New Mexico State Silver Gloves committee for bringing the tournament to Las Vegas. Not only does it bring the up and rising boxing stars to the community but it also gives Las Vegas a little economic boost right before the holidays. Families from around the state and from out of state get to travel to Las Vegas and enjoy the amenities.

  • Letter: Optic negative about Las Vegas

    I understand the editorial (titled “Blaming the messenger”). However the Optic, on occasion, does seem to be very negative about Las Vegas in its coverage and editorials. For folks who read the paper because they visit Las Vegas, it does not come across as friendly. Especially if the paper and visits to town are the only way we interact with the citizens of Las Vegas.

  • Editorial: Let's heal the breach

    When it comes to economic development, Las Vegas needs to put forward a united front. Anything less is unacceptable.

    Recently, the Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance told the city Lodgers Tax Advisory Board that it is interested in vying for the city contract held by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce. It made arguments about how it could take on that role — its marketing plan in place, its relationships with various agencies, its securing of discounted rates for the placement of advertisements.