Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up! SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS. Refinancing a bank loan to buy additional property can be a good deal, but in the case of the Highlands University Foundation, it was even better because it freed up more than $120,000 a year in student scholarship money. The foundation bought 1.25 acres of prime real estate next to its Rio Rancho campus, and in doing so, struck a favorable financing deal with the Bank of Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 4, 2011
  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 4, 2011
  • Tiny, Joe, the monkey and the moon

    It was 1976, and Joseph M. Montoya was seeking his third term to the U.S. Senate. The quintessential politician, Montoya was becoming a powerful senator, and had served on the select Senate Watergate Committee which investigated the Nixon White House. (President Richard M. Nixon  resigned from office Aug. 9, 1974, the only president in history to do so.)  

  • Some protesters just hate America

    I was amused by the list of all of the consequences that will, or might occur, as a result of the proposed low-flight training by the Air Force in the area.

    Local activists were able to hustle 150 people to protest the Air Force plans for said training with such excuses that it will hurt our water supply, contaminate our land with spilled fuel and scare animals. Being stationed at a fighter base in a war zone during the Korean War, I’d rather have friendly low-flying aircraft over my head than enemy aircraft.

  • Mora could go for EMT funding

    Several citizens have expressed their concern over funding for the ambulance service in Mora County. From experience I can tell you that oftentimes we concentrate on the wrong priorities when we apply for funding from the Legislature.

    We ask for money for new buildings, and that’s OK because we all like nice things. However, the buildings are going to be there long after we are dead and buried. We need to start paying more attention to the health and safety of our citizens. I know that the ambulance staff do their best, but we need to start looking at alternatives.

  • Enemy of poor the enemy of God

    I agree with Robert Jeffress that religion should not be marginalized. Christians should depend and promote Christ’s kingdom on earth. We have an obligation to love our neighbor. We cannot have one conscience in our private life and another in public.

    The enemy of the poor is the enemy of God. We are not to make life hard for aliens.

  • Enjoys Lopez’s history column

    I just want to (say) just how much I enjoy (Jesus Lopez’s) “Nuestra Historia” articles.

    I don’t live in Las Vegas, but one of the lawyers in our firm, Kevin Korte, is from your fair city and subscribes to the Optic. He has been kind enough to share your articles because he knows how much I enjoy them.

    Of course, Kevin “knows” your stories, having grown up in Las Vegas; but I think he delights in seeing my reaction to some of your articles. Your city certainly had some colorful characters!