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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: These titles are scrambled

    Back in the olden days, news used to arrive via some very loud, hot, clickety-clackety Teletype machines that seemed to operate with an invisible typist. In reality, someone in the paper’s main bureau was writing and rewriting the day’s news, which arrived locally on sometimes-unattended machines.

    The Optic had its own Teletype machine, and back in the days when delivery of the hot topics from the local sources was spotty, we used much more “wire” copy, that is, news with out-of-area datelines.

  • Drug prices should be lower — in theory

    This editorial was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 9.

    One issue where most Americans — 76 percent of them — find common ground is the high price of prescription drugs.

    President Donald Trump campaigned on the issue and since his inauguration repeatedly has promised to bring drug prices down. Most Democrats and many Republicans in Congress agree. So why has nothing happened?

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 18, 2017
  • Just a Thought: If you wait to give praise, you may be too late

    By Rick Kraft

    Why is it usually the case that the most positive collection of thoughts ever spoken about a person are shared after the person dies? We always hear such kind words spoken at a person’s funeral. Why do we wait until a person is gone to speak uplifting words about them?

  • Another Perspective: Changes needed at Luna — immediately

    By Joe McCaffrey

    Las Vegas Optic readers have asked, What can be done about the governance of Luna Community College?

    The news is grim, the LCC Board of Trustees seems to be totally out of control. Nepotism and discord seem to be rampant; orderly fiscal procedures are often neglected; there are even reports of potential illegal activities. The Secretary of the New Mexico of Higher Education Department, Barbara Damron, has placed Luna in the NMHED Enhanced Fiscal Oversight Program following a preliminary review of Luna operations.

  • Letters to the Editor - June 18, 2017

    R/C works with FAA
    There has been an ongoing discussion involving the FAA and the American Modelers Association for a couple of years now concerning the free, unregulated use of radio-controlled airplanes, or drones, if you wish.

    For years, the FAA and the AMA have worked together to make the radio-control hobby a safe means of recreation. When remote control first started, a ham radio license was required and used the ham frequencies — usually 10 and 6 meters.

  • Another Perspective: Here are four critical books all leaders must read

    By Vidal Martinez

    After reading more than one-thousand books, 10 years leading volunteer firefighters, 13 years as a college administrator, a lifelong teacher, parent, and now a manager, I have identified four critical books leaders must read.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 16, 2017

    THUMBS UP! FEEDING THEM WELL
    To counteract a chronic problem of hunger among Las Vegans, the East and West Las Vegas school districts have   begun to offer nutritious meals — breakfast and lunch. The meals are free. And better yet, the schools offer low-cost meals for adults as well. The cost for these meals is $3.75. The Las Vegas City Schools’ program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the state Children, Youth and Families Department sponsors the program for West.

    THUMBS UP! A STRONG RIVALRY