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Today's Opinions

  • A milestone at Alta Vista

    One of the most important institutions in any community is its hospital. Hospitals are vital to the economies of the communities they serve, providing much needed jobs.

    But even more important than that, hospitals — more specifically, the doctors, nurses and others employed there — nurture us back to health when we’re ill. Their employees comfort us when we’re at our most vulnerable.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 24, 2014
  • Another Perspective - Rural NM not forgotten

    By Terry Brunner

    The recent economic recession hit New Mexico’s rural communities especially hard. Its impacts are reflected in New Mexico’s frequently reported grim social and economic statistics. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Mission area, the only federal agency with a specifically rural mission, is working hard to help rural communities help recover of from the recession.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 21, 2014

    THUMBS UP! TWO LIVES WELL LIVED
    Las Vegas is the poorer due to the passing of two people who made this their home. Carole Silon, who delighted local audiences in her portrayal of “Mayor Nanita” in “Over the Edge” productions, lost her battle with cancer. And Dr. Alan Thal, a world traveler, cattle-raiser and noted thoracic surgeon, died at age 88. He was a member of the original Open Heart Team at the University of Minnesota, for seven years. The community mourns their passing.

    THUMBS UP! PROGRESS ON DWI FATALITIES

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 21, 2014
  • Another Perspective - Time is running out

    By Mike Nuñez

    Submitted to the Optic

    The clock is ticking. Thousands of New Mexicans will lose their ability to buy affordable health insurance under the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange if they fail to enroll by March 31, 2014. If they miss this important deadline, unless they become covered by an employer or have a life-changing event such as marriage or birth of a child, they will be unable to get health insurance coverage until January 2015 at the earliest. So sign up today!

  • Nuestra Historia - OUR BEGINNING

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Editor’s note: For more than three years, Jesus Lopez has enchanted Optic readers with his Nuestra Historia column, which first appeared on this page on Jan. 7, 2011. Since that time, Lopez has authored 167 articles and more than 150,000 words, and says he has written just about all there is to write of the history of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Rational approach needed on drilling

    The ad run in the March 14 Optic, written by Jacobo and Valerie Pacheco, sets a tone that is very appealing but which at root is really sort of a fairy tale – the kind that ends with “and they lived happily ever after.”

    Setting aside the fact that the Pachecos make their living by the selling and transporting of hydrocarbons (propane), the appeal for protection of “our magnificent and pristine lands” and “our very way of life” disregards a number of inconvenient facts.