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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 1, 2018

    THUMBS UP: COMMUNICATION IMPROVEMENT
    Not only has Virginia Marrujo worn many hats for the City of Las Vegas this sporing, one of those hats is Fiestas coordinator, which includes helping arrange vendor placements along Bridge Street.

    Some businesses close during the six-day event (a six-day Fiestas seems a bit long for Las Vegas these days); others remain open.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 1, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 1, 2018.

  • Ice cream overdoses remembered

    Walking around my childhood neighborhood haunts, as I did this week, stirred up many memories, not all of the pleasant. Or not all ending pleasantly.

    I realize some readers may wish I’d get off the kick about my childhood, but just recently something has happened to help me focus even more on the days of yore.

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

  • Primary Election letter deadline

    Letters addressing candidates for any New Mexico office in the June 5 primary election must be received by the Optic by Wednesday, May 30, 5 p.m.

    Letters received after this time will be published after the June 5 election.

  • The ultimate sacrifice for our country

    By Rick Kraft

    What more valuable do you have to give than your life? What would you allow your child to risk his or her life for? There are some things in this world that really cause me to struggle emotionally. One will be recognized tomorrow.

    Memorial Day is a Federal holiday to remember the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. It came into existence by Federal law in 1967 and was set to occur on the last Monday in May by Congress in 1968. Over one million men and women have given their lives for our country.

  • We need more Constitutional amendments

    It’s common these days to invoke the U.S. Constitution — including its amendments — and even the intent of the “founding fathers” as rationale for why certain provisions of law should be changed or upheld.

    The digital age allows for easy research of what has actually been written by scholars and our most revered early leaders on various subjects.

  • Yes, absolutely, Girls Can! in Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    When you were 10, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Now, 117 fifth graders have a clearer idea of the possibilities awaiting them, thanks to Girls Can! sponsored by American Association of University Women.

    On May 17, school buses poured out both smiling and shy looking girls from Sapello, Union, Sierra Vista, Don Cecilio, Mike Mateo Sena, Tony Serna and Valley schools.