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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: County wise to hold off on tasers

    The San Miguel County Commission made a wise choice in holding off on approving Tasers until they have all of the information they need to make the choice of arming jail personnel and deputies.

  • LETTER: Editorial cartoon was an insult

    OK, so I have a different opinion than some people, but do I deserve to be ridiculed for it?

    In today’s political world, a common way to stifle the “opposition” is to denigrate them into submission. Unfortunately, many buckle to derision and choose silence rather than exercising their freedom to speak. The editorial cartoon in the June 12 issue of the Optic attempts to do that very thing.

  • WORK OF ART: It's miller time

    ‘Pareces una polilla!” Mom would shout as her underweight, overdressed 50-pound son began his daily uphill trek to his fourth-grade classes at Immaculate Conception School.

    And why the unflattering epithet? Well, perhaps I did somewhat resemble a moth. Year-round, Mom had a sartorial regimen which mandated a thick T-shirt surrounded by a long-sleeve corduroy shirt covered by a thick Red Ryder sweatshirt, all enclosed by a cotton jacket.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    thumb DOWN for ... A BAILOUT? Some interesting twists to the operation of our local senior centers recently surfaced, as the group that took over the centers’ program operations last year is now asking for city assistance with a budgetary shortfall. Last September, Albuquerque-based Ser de New Mexico took control of the three centers in San Miguel County — in Las Vegas, Pecos and San Miguel — but now its director, Theresa Lopez, is saying they ran a deficit of $62,000 in May and need the city to ante up.

  • LETTER: Oil, water don’t mix in Mora Co.

    In a county such as Mora County, where agriculture is the way of life, ranching and farming, bartering and working long, hard hours on land passed down for multiple generations, there is little to compare with such a culture of activity.  Not unlike attempting to mix oil and water, “dirty” industry and agriculture do not mix. One will be dominant — the one that uses the most resources will over-ride the other. That will be the oil and gas industry.

  • LETTER: An amazing act of kindness in Vegas

    I happened across your town a couple of weeks ago while on my way to a dive meet in Albuquerque. My car overheated just outside your town and I limped it into Las Vegas to Mike’s Precision Automotive. The mechanics checked out my car and found it could not be repaired on the spot. I inadvertently caused damage to my car by driving while it was overheated.

    I was in a bind, needing to get my daughters to Albuquerque. The rental car agency was closed, and I had no way to get to Santa Fe. Out of the blue, understanding my plight,

  • EDITORIAL: City acted superbly

    The City Council’s approval last week of new rules for movie projects was an example of city government at its finest. All of the contributors to the final product deserve credit: the mayor and council; the advisory Film Commission; Community Development Director Elmer Martinez and his staff; City Manager Timothy Dodge; and the public at large, which provided valuable input.

  • EDITORIAL: Bad form

    During public meetings, our elected officials should handle themselves with a certain level of decorum. Last week, Las Vegas City Schools board Chairman Phillip Vigil fell short of that standard.