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Today's Opinions

  • Mil gracias - Dec. 27, 2013
  • East superintendent needs support

    After watching my father who was a N.M. superintendent of schools for over 30 years including nine in West Las Vegas and having worked with troubled school districts around the country, I came to the realization that it takes the community, teachers, the school board and superintendent working in tandem to put into place sound policies that will stabilize the district and improve the quality of education.

  • Fool me twice, shame on me

    “Thumbs up” for Christmas trees in “New Town.” A lump of coal for Old Town. Texas has attempted repeatedly to invade our area, and, since they’ve taken over Old Town Plaza, we at least  now get lights on the Plaza trees.  

    Consolidation of the two Las Vegas, New Mexico, school districts: “Old Town” has been left out of any progress after consolidation of city/town — e.g., Moreno/South Pacific intersection alone contained upwards of 12 businesses, only to lose out from city-town consolidation.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 25, 2013
  • One Solitary Life

    Editor’s note: This initially ran in the Optic on Dec. 24, 2012:

  • Work of Art — Luminaria or farolito: That is the question

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the 2013 edition of Tradiciones.

    The question was: “What do you call those things you put a candle into and line your driveway with?” The answer was: “They’re luminarias, but in some places, they’re called farolitos.”

    Alas, but a once-and-for-all answer is not possible. Researching something like the difference between the two terms, which surface each Christmas season, isn’t a question of exhaustive sources; rather, it’s a matter of being selective:

  • An important ruling

    The state Supreme Court made history Thursday with its ruling that same-sex couples have a right to enter into civil marriages.

    With the issuance of that opinion, New Mexico became the 17th state in the nation to allow gay marriage.

    We applaud the justices for seeing through the razor-thin arguments proffered by opponents of same-sex unions, mainly that allowing them would somehow weaken the institution of marriage and that they shouldn’t be allowed because such unions can’t produce children.

  • Dulcey Amargo - Hitting the jackpot — not!

    I’d just made my way to the cashier at a local establishment, whipped out my debit card, and handed it to the young lady taking my payment. She rang up my bill, and suddenly, with her eyes bigger than teacups, she blurted out, What? ... I just had to see what had shocked her so violently, so I  looked at what the cash register told her to do. She was to give me change amounting to over $43,000!