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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Jan. 26, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: VOTE, OR DON’T COMPLAIN
    Optic staff receive as much feedback about the Las Vegas City Council as any other government entity in the county.
    Two council positions are up for election March 6. Are you registered to vote?

    THUMBS UP: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

  • The demise of human customer service

    Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages, but when it comes to the modern world, the young’uns have a leg up on us.

    That occurred to me when I had some questions about my cell phone account, and I didn’t want to sit on the phone all day trying to get the answers I was seeking. So I decided to go to the office in Las Vegas and talk, face to face, with a customer service representative.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

  • What's in a word?

    A recent column on the use of profanity and obscenity drew quite a bit of reaction. I’d written about language and how it affects people.

    The crux of the discussion was that identifying words that are too gross to appear or be uttered in public places is difficult. How do we sanitize language?

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.

  • N.M. needn’t be the ‘last in line’

    Most anyone who followed heavy metal in 1984 is probably familiar with Ronnie James Dio’s hit song “The Last in Line.”

    While the lyrics are clearly in line with Dio’s mythology and talk of angels and devils, “The Last in Line,” in particular, could be used to describe New Mexico’s place in history and American sociology.

    The lyrics could also describe where New Mexico is, psychologically.

  • Come down and see ‘The Joseph Show’

    By Beth Urech

    I’m writing this on Thursday, Jan. 18, which just happens to be Joseph Gonzales’s birthday and whom should I see striding down Bridge Street an hour ago? Our official unofficial ambassador of Las Vegas, New Mexico: Joseph!

    Joseph showed me his Christmas present wristwatch from Ulibarri Farms Candy Shoppe and explained to me, “They know I can’t eat candy because I have to watch my cholesterol.”

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

    Lethal stupidity
    What is happening to all the dignity, self-respect and common sense of the peoples of the U.S. when they are led by a group whose skills and knowledge seem to have sunk to the level of entering kindergarteners? “My button’s bigger than his button,” chants the mighty leader of the nation! This is incredible!

    These are nuclear weapons that we are playing with here. The rest of the world weeps and gasps in horror to see a county sinking so dangerously low.