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Today's Opinions

  • As It Is: Setbacks for Campos

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos has been dealt two major defeats as Luna Community College’s president since he took the helm last summer.

    And both have been in the realm of politics — which is considered his area of expertise.

    In March, a whopping 83 percent of voters rejected Campos’ bid to increase their property taxes to pay for improvements at Luna’s facilities throughout northeastern New Mexico.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On Aug. 15, Mora had its first car show and hot-rod run.

  • Editorial: Boards change for the better

    In recent times, West and East school board meetings have become much more lively. Undoubtedly, that makes for more interesting news stories.

    More important, the more engaged discussions reflect democracy in action. And this is the way it ought to be.

    We don’t want debates to get personal, and for the most part, they haven’t. But to make better decisions, it’s important to figure out all the pros and cons beforehand.

  • Editorial: Control the dogs

    Deborah Barrera says she was attacked by a Seventh Street resident’s dog while walking her own dogs a few weeks ago. The city, however, is suggesting that her own dog bit her in the incident.

    Regardless of which side of this controversy you believe, one thing’s for sure — loose dogs are commonplace in Las Vegas. Sometimes it’s only an annoyance, with dogs doing their business in someone else’s yard, but there are other times in which it’s an actual threat to safety.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb DOWN for ... A SECRET TRUTH? Roberta Vigil, the former head of West Las Vegas’ bilingual trial, got her day in court when the state charged her with fraudulently spending public money. She was represented by one of New Mexico’s best attorneys, Sam Bregman. After a week-long trial earlier this year, the jury found her guilty. That’s the way the system works.

  • Letter: Make Congress accountable

    Insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and other medical interest groups such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, New York Life Insurance, Schering-Plough, and Amegen stand to make billions of dollars if health care reform legislation is stopped or public option is omitted from the legislation. Some of these corporations have contributed millions of dollars to several key politicians in key committees in return for political favors. To name a few key politicians that have received sizable political donations: Sen.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Tag -- you're it!

    Three letters — t -a -g-, and a myriad of meanings. Language is so fascinating; if one allows him/herself to think about it — randomly or rationally, the result is often overwhelming.

    For some reason, the word “tag” crossed my mind as I drove in to town to do my daily chores — to check the mail, pick up a thing or two at the grocery store, check in at the Optic for the latest developments. Before I realized, tag became an obsession and, like a brain worm, kept coming back to haunt me.

  • Work of Art: Giving, getting a fair shake

    Panhandling used to be the exception; now it’s epidemic. Sure, we all get used to seeing the occasional person holding up a building, or at a traffic light, holding up a cardboard sign containing a plea and a blessing. But it seems to have become big business.