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Today's Opinions

  • Shalom —Salam —Peace

    Watching the bloodshed in Gaza unfold recently, like Bob Pearson (Optic May 27, 2018), I was appalled, especially as a member of the local Jewish community.

    Although I am not writing on behalf of the Las Vegas Jewish community, we had all shared the same sense of horror, despite how often we have seen violent conflict between Israel and the West Bank.  

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 15, 2018

    THE HEAT AND THE OTHER HEAT

    Plenty of folks have documented the difficulties and dangers of fighting wildfires. This month, we’ve seen, not far away in Colfax County, and in other parts of New Mexico and in Colorado, the courage and organization needed to save homes and history.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 15, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 15, 2018.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

  • Adding value when you walk into a room

    Do you add value when you walk into a room?

    Think about this. When you enter a room do you add or subtract from what is happening in the room? When you leave the room what do you leave behind?
    This question can apply to countless interactions including with your family, those you work with, your faith family, organizations you belong to, and activities you participate in.

  • Richie Cole helps launch Las Vegas ‘music ops’

    Get out your dancing shoes and your swing skirt. Richie Cole is heading back to Las Vegas. A year ago, he and his Alto Madness Band played to a sold-out crowd.

    As Bill Anderle testified, “There was a lilt in the audience. We were all transported into a joyful event which swept away the trials and tribulations of the last couple of months.”

    Local artist, photographer and sax player Bob Henssler was sure he’d heard Cole before. In the late 1960’s when Bob was in the Marines, he would head to the Boston USO when he was at liberty.

  • Rules for retirement

    Our area’s oldest and longest-term residents have earned our respect and our admiration. They have the life experience, often specific career-field skills and, often, a working knowledge of their community and its history.

    We appreciate their contributions and rely on their leadership and passing along lessons — both positive examples and stories of mistakes to avoid repeating.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, June 10, 2018

    Be Libertarian
    I was so pleased to be able to vote Libertarian — with an official ballot!

    There are more than 8,000 registered Libertarians in New Mexico; the party has certainly grown since I ran for Congress in 1984, against Bill Richardson. In addition to Bob Walsh, candidate for governor, there are 12 other names on the Libertarian ballot.