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Today's Opinions

  • Publisher's Note: Free speech and cheap shots

    I must admit to a certain level of angst when it comes to one of our more popular online features — the comments at the end of most Optic stories posted on our website.

    I’m torn between a deep-seated belief in the people’s right to free speech and my journalistic upbringing that newspapers should act responsibly in their use of the “free press” provision also in the First Amendment. Allowing anonymous writers to post belligerent and destructive comments on the Optic’s website just doesn’t sit well with me.

  • Letter: Too many mandates coming down

    At a time when the money changers tanked our economy:

    • Our state mandates double-dipping and annual “special” sessions.

    • Our county mandates double-dipping, and our city follows suit with mandated raise for our judge and charter mandated salaries for our councilors. They then opt for mandated toilets.

    • You can hear horror stories at our unemployment office; while standing in line at the courthouse to pay property taxes; among students at Luna Community College, etc.

  • Letter: County roads and maintenance

    I live in the Mineral Hill area and it seems we are in the land of the forgotten. Forgotten by the San Miguel County Roads Department as far as maintaining our roads and providing a solid road base for our roads. Our roads have become impassable during bad weather, i.e., rain and snow. I personally own four 4X4s and I have been stuck twice in the last month. I have also pulled out many of my neighbors who also own 4X4s or all-wheel-drive vehicles.

  • Work of Art: Small teams slugged it out

    Eighty teams competed in the just-concluded New Mexico high school basketball tournaments for boys and girls. Eighty teams.

    Let’s do the math: There are five classes, AAAAA for the behemoth schools, down to class A, for those quintets whose players need to lead cheers, collect tickets and man the concession stand when they’re not on the hardwood.

  • Letters: Support for bond issue

    On March 1, I attended the bond information meeting at the Pecos village boardroom.

    I was very impressed how our school superintendent, Mr. Roy Herrera, and the architects explained to the public in attendance the purpose of the bond.

    I was glad to see that parents who have children in our school were there in support of the bond.

  • Editorial: A project that won't end

    The multi-phase Alamo Street project has continued for years. The last few months have been particularly rough on Alamo residents.

    That’s because the contractor left a muddy mess when it put its project on hold in December. Residents have needed four-wheel drives at times to get to their houses. And a garbage truck got stuck a few weeks ago.

  • Editorial: Hear from both sides

    At its recent meeting, the Las Vegas City Council struggled with the issue over whether local voters passed a city charter in the March 2 election.

    In our view, as stated in this space before, the overwhelming evidence indicated that it did pass. Fifty-six percent voted for the new city charter, and both the state constitution and state law mandate that only a majority is needed.

  • Letter: A tribute to David Salman

    David Salman’s passing on to a better life will be a big loss to those who knew and loved him, but what he left behind will live on for centuries to come.

    David once said that you can judge a town by its libraries. He used to say that if a town has a library, it can consider itself wealthy. While he was living, he himself donated a variety of books to the David Cargo library in Mora County. The books included dictionaries, encyclopedias, fiction, history, poetry, classics, westerns and magazines containing much knowledge of worldwide news.