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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Paying only for what they use

    After years of paying a flat fee for 2,000 gallons of water, whether we used 2,000 gallons or not, I have decided to pay for what we use.

    I believe in conservation and efficiency. I believe that my city should encourage conservation and efficiency.

    With the $5.82 saved, Betty Quick and I will go out on the town! We will go to the Travelers Café and treat ourselves to two small coffees and two oatmeal-raisin cookies.

    Happy Holidays.   

    Bob Wallace

    Las Vegas

  • Work of Art: A regime for the New Year

    Possibly due to strict upbringing, or maybe because of a year with Sister Immer Richtig at Immaculate Conception School, I’m accustomed to saying, and, especially, hearing, “That’s wrong.”

    Teachers are discouraged from using the “w” word, lest somebody’s ego gets crushed and Mommy and Daddy need to run interference for the brutalized child.     

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial: Approve charter

    The Las Vegas City Council will likely consider a proposed city charter at its meeting today. Then it would go to voters in the March 2 municipal election.

    The charter serves as the city’s constitution. The existing one has been in effect since the two Las Vegases joined nearly four decades ago.

    Under the proposed charter, the city would be considered a home-rule community. That means it would have more latitude to form the city government it desires, rather than following state-imposed restrictions.

  • Editorial: No shakeups needed

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz has now announced what many already suspected — he is running for Las Vegas mayor.

    In revealing his plans, Ortiz promised that he wouldn’t shake up the city administration. Rather, he plans to keep the city manager and other departmental directors.

  • Editorial: County takes long view

    Often, the government is criticized for not planning ahead, so we should give officials credit when they take the long view.

    San Miguel County doesn’t have any requests for oil and gas drilling permits pending. Nonetheless, county commissioners have expressed an interest in updating what little is on the books regarding oil and gas regulation.

  • Letter: Criticism for anti-abortionists

    The answer to abortion is simple: No unplanned pregnancies. Yes, it is that simple.

    How do we eliminate unplanned pregnancies? By providing comprehensive sex education in our schools and readily accessible and freely available birth-control to all. That’s the solution.

    So why is abortion such a tumultuous controversy? This obvious and simple solution would eliminate the need for the majority of abortions.

  • Publisher's Note: Vote on year's top stories

    Every year about this time, we begin sifting through the year’s Optics to select the biggest local stories of the year. I’ve always enjoyed this year-end chore, but this time around we’re going to do it differently.

    This year, you get to be the judge.

    Today, on Page B7, you’ll find a master list, compiled by copy editor Art Trujillo, of the big local stories covered by the Optic in 2009. I ask that you go through this list and rank the top 10 stories of the year.

    The rules for participation are simple:

  • Editorial: Don't shoot messenger

    We’re glad to see Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, present his side of the story involving the hospital’s relationship with the union that was voted in a couple years ago, but we’re sorry to see him fall into the trap of “blaming the messenger” for some of his troubles.