http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Learning from tragedy http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/learning-tragedy <p> Seventeen months have past since two girls were killed in an alcohol-related rollover on Interstate 25 near Tecolote, but the devastation remains.</p> Editorial cartoon - Sept. 17, 2014 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoon-sept-17-2014 <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/9.17integrity.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /> Work of Art: God created zucchini http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/work-art-god-created-zucchini <p> When God created zucchini, was He was playing a monumental joke on humankind in giving us a bland, tasteless, mushy-feeling omni-present veggie?</p> <p> I believe the creator hoped to watch our expressions as we attempt to down that slick food that&rsquo;s so prolific it ought to be named &ldquo;rabbit.&rdquo; Someone should write a book and title it, &ldquo;How to Stop Growing Zucchini and Rabbits.&rdquo;</p> Letter to the Editor - Sept. 17, 2014 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/letter-editor-sept-17-2014 <p> <strong>Dedication of the Viles &amp; Crimmin Residence Hall</strong></p> <p> It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Viles Foundation &amp; the Crimmin Scholarship Committee invite the public to celebrate the dedication of the Viles &amp; Crimmin Residence Hall on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University on Friday.</p> Poorly handled http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/poorly-handled <p> Conflicts in sports schedules are nothing new this time of year.</p> <p> They happen frequently, and, unfortunately, homecoming activities are no exception to that rule.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s why the on-again, off-again shuffling of homecoming activities at West Las Vegas High School was so bizarre and had some in this community pointing fingers at West Board member Gary Gold.</p> <p> In case you missed the controversy, here&rsquo;s the short version.</p> Editorial cartoon - Sept. 15, 2014 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoon-sept-15-2014 <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/9.15joan.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /> Dispatch New Mexico - Election-year issues that will and won’t matter http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/dispatch-new-mexico-election-year-issues-will-and-won%E2%80%99t-matter <p> In the wake of the Labor Day weekend comes the campaign for Election 2014, in earnest.</p> <p> All the noise you&rsquo;ve heard so far was just the warm-up. Now comes the hyperbole, followed by a big dose of overkill.</p> <p> Still, it&rsquo;s an important election. On every New Mexico ballot this November, there will be boxes to check for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, land commissioner, U.S. senator and representative and five state constitutional amendments.</p> Editorial cartoons - Sept. 12, 2014 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoons-sept-12-2014 <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/9.12anniversary.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" />