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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Leave prayer out of public arena

    A letter to the editor in the Nov. 16 paper asks, “Suppose I want prayer wherever I go to attend a meeting? How come I can’t have it and yet the atheists and agnostics can say no to prayer because they don’t like it.”

     I am not an atheist or agnostic, but I also object to prayers at public meetings.

     My Irish and Scottish forefathers came to America to escape being forced to worship in the Church of England. Most people in Great Britain were members of that church, but my relatives refused to worship in the same manner as the majority.

  • Work of Art: Joys of eating the turkey neck

    It took years for turkey to become palatable for me, especially in light of memories of witnessing turkey slaughters in Buena Vista, a little settlement near Mora.

    Although my older siblings insist our visits to the home of Uncle Margarito Lucero were brief and sporadic, I still recall clearly an exposure to matters more agrarian than my city-slicker being should know about. And these memories appear to span several summers.

  • Letter: A tribute to Gov. Bruce King

    I’m sure all of New Mexico can agree that we have lost a great man with the passing of Gov. Bruce King. He was one of the best governors that New Mexico ever had. He was surely a servant of the people. He walked among us, and always left us feeling refreshed and knowing that someone cared. He was a good example for all elected officials to follow. His personality traits were pretty hard to beat. His personality traits were pretty hard to beat. He was a great leader with good talents, but yet so humble.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Thanks to you

    I came across a Dale Carnegie quotation a while back that says a lot more to me now than it might have in the past.

    “You can make     more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

    Since my affiliation with the Optic, my world has widened considerably. Yes, I had my “coterie,” made up of family, work, and social acquaintances, students and their families, and of course, my pal, Chien, the dog.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... ANOTHER YEAR OF GENEROSITY. There are many who give back to our community at this time of the year, but one of our favorites is the annual, and free, Thanksgiving Day meal for all-comers at El Sombrero’s restaurant at 12th and Mills. This year’s meal was the 13th in a row put on by Helen Rivera and his family.

    As of this writing we don’t have any up-to-date totals, but last year El Sombrero served up more than 650 meals. That’s a lot of food eaten and considerable money spent. It takes mighty big hearts to make this happen.

  • For Your Information: East vs. West

    When I began to research the budgets of Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas Schools, I thought the financial argument for administrative consolidation was obvious.

    I expected that when people knew the combined budgets of just two offices within both districts (superintendent and business offices) totaled nearly $2.6 million in 2008, people would immediately recognize some administrative fat could be trimmed and sent to students and teachers in the classroom.

    Wrong!

  • Letter: Ways to open up the community

    I also fell in love with this wonderful city. It was not in our retirement plans to move, but we did.

    I understand the statement of a closed community. The only way I know to deal with this is to open it up.

  • As It Is: People are watching

    Shortly after his arraignment, former Robertson High School teacher and coach Jay Quintana secured the money for his release from jail. His bail had been set at $100,000 cash-only.

    A day later, the manager of a Wagon Mound gasoline station told me that she had seen Jay Quintana, who is accused of sexually abusing a student, filling up.

    I called a magistrate judge and he told me that Quintana was allowed to go anywhere in New Mexico under the conditions of his release.