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Today's Opinions

  • Our take on the amendments

    Here are the Las Vegas Optic’s positions on the five state constitutional amendments that are coming before New Mexico voters in the general election:

  • Work of Art - Is Joe Six-Pack impressed?

    One of the things that make a reporter’s job difficult is the ever-popular “no comment,” uttered by politicians to reporters who make them squirm.

    Even back in the ‘50s, the TV producers of the popular sit-com “Dobie Gillis” were aware of the face-saving remark and had Maynard G. Krebs tutoring Gillis, played by Dwayne Hickman, in saying “no comment” before running for high school student council.

  • Word play, lies and spin

    From time to time, the media have been criticized for avoiding the word “lie.” Instead, when a newsmaker is caught in a fabrication of the truth, journalists tend to prefer milder terminology, such as “mislead” or “stretch the truth.” We at the Optic are no exception; we don’t like to accuse someone of lying unless it is blatantly obvious that he or she intentionally did so.

  • Community perspective - Casa de Cultura

    Casa de Cultura is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our goal is to create a cultural environment in Northern New Mexico with the main focus on youth development.

    When we realized that cultural erosion was a fact of life, Casa members proposed a strategy to re-establish a culturally centered community versus a consumer center community. This has become the centerpiece of the organization.

  • Mil Gracias

    During our recent loss of our beloved Robert “Bobby” Loera, the Loera family would like to thank the following: Bobby’s sisters, Olivia Gutierrez, for her being by Bobby’s bedside every single day since his illness in July until the day of his death, Liz Romero and Terri Fry, for the countless times they came and spent their days and nights with him, Rudy Vissarrigas, Mary Madrid, who stayed countless nights in care of him; and to Bobby’s brothers Gilbert “Charro,”Louie and Greg, who also spent many of their days and countless hours with him.

  • Activism and 40 years

    Activism comes in many forms. Sometimes it comes from someone who is independently wealthy and wants to give something back. Other times, it’s from someone who started at or near the bottom and learned to fight for the rights of the disenfranchised. In Las Vegas last week we saw examples of both, when Robert Kennedy Jr., son of the late attorney general, senator and presidential candidate, visited alongside Arturo Rodriquez, president of the United Farm Workers of America.

  • No one is immune

    Anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the last few weeks knows the unpleasant truth: Our national economy is headed south in a hurry.

    In our own lives, we have received the information in different forms. For many, it’s been the 401(k) quarterly statements. Others have received memos from their employers.

  • Mil Gracias

    The San Miguel/Mora Safe Kids Coalition chapter would like to thank the following for there support, donations and contributions:

    Community 1st Bank, Las Vegas Optic, Victory Home Health, Las Vegas Fire Department, Sun Loan, Leger’s Package Liquors, and KFUN.

    This will make a huge difference in ensuring the safety and injury prevention of the children in our communities your dedication is greatly appreciated. Mil Gracias.

    William Cruz

    Chairperson

    San Miguel/Mora Safe Kids Coalition

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