Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective — Four-day week was a bad idea

    By Eric Martin

    For the Optic

    With the school year over and the pressure beginning to lift off the spirits of public school staff and students,  some may wonder how this year went. The jury is still out on student achievement,  with the results of state tests still unknown, but there are definitely some topics worth discussing.

    Those topics include the many new and somewhat controversial changes that have recently come to Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 29, 2013

    It’s official. The state Tourism Department has designated Charlie’s Bakery & Cafe as one of only 27 Culinary Treasures in New Mexico. The recognition likely doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone in Las Vegas who has eaten there. But the designation will likely lead to tourists discovering and falling in love with it. Congratulations to owners Charlie and Elizabeth Sandoval for the well-deserved recognition.


  • Editorial Cartoon - May 31, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Remarkable women of Las Vegas

    There is on display at the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, an exhibit called “Remarkable Women of Las Vegas,” and for some time we have intended to include the impressive work in Nuestra Historia. Created by Highlands University media arts student Deanna Threadgill, and funded by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Media Arts Department at Highlands, the display honors nine women of the Las Vegas area who have made significant contributions to the community — as mothers, educators, writers, healers and folklorists.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Pipelines: Safety and other impacts

    Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The columns were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.

  • Councilman wants record set straight

    This letter comes as a brief update on misleading information I have heard around the community. Unfortunately, misleading information turns into rumors spread and some individuals use this false information for their own personal gain with efforts to work against the city and its current efforts. I want to put some of these rumors to rest and assure you that the governing body and administration is working hard to make Las Vegas a better place for all of us to live now and in the future.

  • Mayor is doing everything he can

    I am writing this letter to the Optic in hope that the community does not support the efforts to recall our Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz, Jr. The things that some people are saying about the mayor have no facts. The mayor is a good man and is doing everything he can for us here in Las Vegas. The mayor is one of us. I have seen the efforts which have been made by the mayor in addressing the west side of our Las Vegas as well as the whole city and the water issue.

  • Peaceful Skies: No position on recall

    Peaceful Skies Coalition was mistakenly identified as supporting the effort to stop the recall of mayor Ortiz in a recent political ad in the Las Vegas Optic.

    Our organization does not take a position on whether or not there should be a recall. The individuals signing the petition were speaking for themselves alone, not as representatives of Peaceful Skies Coalition.

    Richard McCracken
    Peaceful Skies Coalition