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Opinion

  • After many years living in a small community such as Las Vegas, one begins a list of the friends and acquaintances who have passed away. And gradually, a kind of phantom city begins to co-exist alongside the actual city. Here and there, as one goes about town, one passes a house that once belonged to someone now numbered among the dead. The house has new occupants. It is their house now. Yet it stirs up memories of its former occupant. It is still their house too!

  • A few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against longtime bans on corporate and union contributions to political campaigns.

    The court said such bans infringed on First Amendment rights.

    Really?

    No law has prohibited people from exercising their free-speech rights, especially when it comes to politics. Yet some argue that restrictions on contributions are a form of free-speech infringement. If so, then wealthy people have been suffering for years. Or have they really?

  • I noticed on Wednesday, Feb. 17, several people wore crosses in ash on their foreheads, and I remembered it was Ash Wednesday. I would like to ask your readers to consider something.

    Is Ash Wednesday found anywhere in the Bible? No, it is not. Then where did it come from? It is merely human tradition and man-made doctrine.

  • I am a longtime bow hunter and have hunted the White Peak area since 1976. I have been following closely State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons’ proposals to trade State Trust Land to private ranchers in order to “consolidate” parcels of private and state land in the White Peak area. Rather than beat a dead horse with details of the controversy, I would instead like to point out another very important issue that could have possibly avoided this entire mess.

  • The New Mexico Legislature did a lot of work during the regular 30-day session to prepare good tax policy proposals to fill the “sinkholes” that are threatening the provision of core government services.

    Although we had a 30-day window to set the framework to raise sufficient revenues to fund an efficient level of government and to compose a prudent budget, revenue projections have been volatile and we’ve been getting reliable indications that revenues are falling further, perhaps by as much as $100 million.  

  • One measure of a solid, stand-up community is how they treat their stray animals. A town that takes these animals in and does its best to ensure they are cared for medically and returned home or rehomed is a stand-up town. Las Vegas has a very bad reputation when it comes to helping its animals most in need.

  • Robert Pearson’s Feb. 5 letter in the Optic suggests a response. The Supreme Court’s decision to which he refers is Citizens v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling which did not “overthrow a century of practice and decades of legal rulings” as Pearson states.

  • The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, wishes to again thank the United World College and Tome on the Range for their partnership in the successful Literacy Fair held Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. This year’s theme was “Where the Wild Things Are: Adventures in Reading.”

  • Is it me? Or can it be that alcohol, and all its outlets, were not even considered in the quest to increase tax revenues to offset the shortcomings in the state budget? Instead, our august group of lawmakers have pushed the envelope to where they will tax us all with yet another “special” session. Our trek to maintain professional politicians continues. City, county and state pols have learned from our federal politicians that their job is the only one worth saving.

  • New Mexico Highlands University and the Ilfeld Auditorium would like to express our tremendous gratitude to all of the local businesses around the wonderful city of Las Vegas who purchased ads in the Blue Oyster Cult concert program for Winterfest 2010. We would like to thank the City of Las Vegas Lodgers Tax Board for their support of the concert and their contribution. A special thanks to “Ravenous,” who rocked the house opening for the legendary Blue Oyster Cult!

  • I have been keeping up with the news of the proposed land swap New Mexico Land Commissioner Pat Lyons is trying to complete. What a disgrace. Shame on this man. The sooner he completes his term in office the better!

  • During this election cycle, we’re not planning to endorse any of the candidates for Las Vegas mayor and council. Throwing our viewpoint into the mix just doesn’t seem necessary this time around. As for the proposed charter, however, we’re compelled to speak up, in the interest of good government.

  • Highlands in at it again. Now they are building a new student union building on the corner of National and Eighth. The building will take up the entire parking lot that now has over 200 parking spaces, that are used to capacity every day. The building will add a staff of over 60 people to the area and will have a 700-seat auditorium. Where are these people going to park? Ten blocks away? Oh! The university says it is going to buy the three small properties across Eighth Street and that might give them about 30 spaces. Wow, lose 200 spaces, add 60 staff and gain 30 spaces.

  • Thumbs UP for ... A CIVIL CAMPAIGN. This year’s municipal election campaign has been the most civil in years. No potshots. No last-minute charges. No malicious gossip. So far — and we hope it stays that way.

    The candidates for Las Vegas mayor and City Council deserve credit for keeping this election season above-board.

  • I’ve been talking to some people who are very concerned about oil drilling in Mora County.

    I’ll say that I have to agree with one citizen who feels that drilling for oil is just a pretense for getting at our water supply. These big corporations usually print a pretty picture and promise revenues for the county.

    I urge all the citizens not to be taken in with offers of money. We call know that our water and our land are our biggest treasures, because we share the water and land as brothers.

    Let’s unite as brothers and protect our treasures.

  • Your recent article about the closing of the road in El Pueblo has misrepresented the conflict currently under way. As a property owner near Daniel Garcia, I may have a more intimate understanding than your previous sources.

  • ‘You must’ve been such a happy family. All your movies prove it.”

    That often came from people who sat through our home movies that showed us opening Christmas gifts sometime back in the ‘40s. Movies don’t lie, but they do exaggerate and can be manipulated.

    Need proof? Well, all of the movies of us Trujillos show us much mirthier, earthier and girthier than we really were. Back then. But now, if we take the time to view those pre-historic flicks, we appear quite slim. See? The exaggeration works both ways.

  • Congratulations to the Community First Bank of Las Vegas for purchasing the historic Crockett Building at the corner of Sixth and Douglas.

    You have great plans for the building, but most of all, you have made a wonderful contribution to this community by enhancing the beauty and importance of the downtown area.

    Kim Delgado

    Las Vegas

  • In regards to our city manager and the mayor and council’s inability to enter into a contract with Mr. Tim Dodge, there are some observations that I would like to share with the citizens of our fine city.  

  • The West Las Vegas school board was right to enact a freeze of some budget items for the rest of this fiscal year. Tax receipts are down everywhere because of the poor economy, so it’s good that our officials are making sure unnecessary expenses are done away with.

    Of course, top officials at both our school districts have already been clamping down on spending. But the school boards have to be on top of financial matters.