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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Mil gracias - March 21, 2014

    My name is Ramón Lucero Jr. I am the President of El Valle Water Alliance, a consortium of 13 communities in western San Miguel County. On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Gov. Martinez signed House Bill 55 2014 Work NM Act - Severance Tax Bond Projects.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 21, 2014

    The New York Daily News on the awarding of the Medal of Honor to 24 U.S. veterans previously denied the honor (March 19):

    The U.S. righted terrible wrongs on Tuesday when President Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on 24 soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
    Most were Jewish or Hispanic and all earned eternal gratitude for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. But they were likely denied because of their ethnic or religious heritages.

  • Kudos to Highlands

    There’s no question that New Mexico Highlands University traveled a long and rocky road to get to where it’s currently at with its Student Union Building.

    The building was over budget and late, and coming up with the resources to complete it put the university in quite a bind.

    But now that it is complete, it’s a beautiful glass structure that beckons out to the community with its Einstein Bagels eatery and many other amenities.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 19, 2014
  • Work of Art - Anything for a laugh

    An impressive new video on Facebook, the social medium on computers, aims in setting the right example for children.

    The brief video is quite graphic, something I wouldn’t recommend showing my youngest granddaughters.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 17, 2014