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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs

    UP thumb  MONUMENTAL ELECTION. Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected President of the United States this week, bringing tears to the eyes of millions of Americans regardless of culture, place or color.

    It was a national moment of reconciliation. Blacks and whites and every other color in the American rainbow were liberated from our racially divided past and, finally, we got to see ourselves as one. All our racial divisions won’t disappear at this junction in history, but neither will we ever again be the same.

  • Obama's challenges

    Given the situation President-elect Barack Obama is being handed, one might wonder if, in winning, he lost. It will be a difficult task to overcome the military and economic challenges he faces, and he has only four years to demonstrate that he’s up to the task before the voters judge his work.

  • Sparring on the East board

    Recently, we printed a story in which East school board member Patrick Romero questioned whether his colleague, Ramon “Swoops” Montao, is a resident of the school district. Montao contended he was.

    Not long after, the board met in a work session, and the two sparred over the issue. Unfortunately, the Optic was short people that day, and we couldn’t cover the meeting.

    But their arguments are already pretty well known.

  • 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.