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Today's Opinions

  • Property dogs aren’t ‘things’

    You have achieved the American dream: a family, great house, fifth-wheel travel trailer, new sports utility vehicles, flowers growing abundantly around here and there.

    This quaint view of life is not shared by the dog, however. Being tethered to a four-foot log chain 24 hours a day, seven days a week is nothing to celebrate for him. There are no toys, so he tosses his water bowl in the air for entertainment. He watches achingly as kids play in front of him, but he is ignored — seen as something not animate, but as an “it,” a thing not worthy of notice.

  • Top-notch care at Alta Vista

    Driving to Las Vegas on a recent Friday evening to spend the weekend with friends, I was involved in a minor car accident.

    When I arrived, I was feeling much muscle pain, stiffness and discomfort.

    I drove to the emergency room of Alta Vista Regional Hospital. Upon my arrival there I felt reassured that everything was going to be well taken care of. Every person from the registration clerk, triage nurse, bedside nurse, radiology tech and, of course, my wonderful doctor, was extremely kind, caring and professional.

  • Ambulance service a must for Mora

  • Protect our beauty for the future

    I read the letter to the editor written by Marino Rivera in the Sept. 2-4 edition of the Optic regarding oil drilling in Mora County.

    I agree 100 percent with what is written. I’m glad several citizens have joined together to do something about it.

    I honestly love each and every citizen in Mora County, but they need to wake up! We have a hidden paradise. Our valley is one of the more beautiful sites on the face of the earth.

  • Nuestra Historia - Montezuma’s United World College

    Charles, Prince of Wales, and heir to the British throne, came to Montezuma on Oct. 28, 1982, to dedicate the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Sept. 23, 2011

    The Oregonian, Portland, Sept. 17, on solar manufacturer Solyndra — If hyperbole could turn a turbine, the lights of Washington would be burning bright. Republicans are spinning the collapse of the solar manufacturer Solyndra, the Obama administration darling that churned through a $535 million federal loan, into an attack on all of green energy.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 21, 2011
  • Immediate attention

    City officials have every right to be upset over renovation efforts at a public housing project in West Las Vegas — it appears that the contractor, Nambe Construction of Santa Fe, has made a mess of things. And if the company doesn’t act fast to correct the situation, the city will be justified in terminating the contract and looking for someone else to finish the job.