Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia: Index to Nuestra Historia, Part 1

    Many Optic readers have saved all or most Nuestra Historia articles since the column first appeared Jan. 7, 2011, and by now have accumulated a substantial pile of unruly clippings consisting of 126 separate columns containing more than 100,000 words.

    Scores of you have informed the writer that in attempting to retrieve a particular story, fact or photograph, your search through past columns has become time-consuming and cumbersome.

  • Recall doesn’t make sense

    After all these years, after all the talk and money, Las Vegas is finally on its way to resolving its water problem. Hallelujah!

    The city changed its Charter to give a mayor a reasonable time period, four years, to fix its most vexing problem. Wise!

    Now the city has that mayor, Alfonso Ortiz, and some want to recall him. Loco!

    Frank Splendoria


  • Nepotism is detrimental

    I keep hearing about nepotism at Luna Community College. This kind of management is detrimental to the school because obviously the best candidates for a position are never considered irregardless of what they may bring to the table. Las Vegas has suffered for many years under this kind of management system. It is time to remove those that condone this practice and look for individuals that can move Luna CC forward. Your children’s future is at stake; this kind of archaic system must be removed and people held accountable.

  • Labeling is divisive

    In response to your (column) Sofia (Martinez), firstly I highly value and respect all the work that you have done for Mora County on the pressing issue of oil and gas drilling.
    However, labeling people “Parachute Organizers” and “Outside Organizers” is simply divisive and defeats our mutual goal of preventing the oil industry from destroying our land, polluting the air and poisoning the little water that we do have.

  • Practice what you preach

    It was absolutely hilarious to read Sofia Martinez’s (May 27) Op-Ed in the Optic, in which she raged against non-residents who dared speak in favor of Mora County’s anti-fracking ordinance. Terrible, that outsiders should poke their noses into a community’s internal affairs.

    Why was this so hilarious?

    Because only three days prior, in Friday’s Optic, this same Sofia Martinez weighed in on the recall of Alfonso Ortiz in a paid political ad. Martinez is a resident of Albuquerque.

  • Board should read student’s column
  • Beer sales at ball park a bad idea

    This letter is to express my disappointment with the City Council in voting to allow beer at the (professional) baseball games at Rodriguez Park. I would like to express several points in the matter:

  • Disappointed in Arts Council

    I saw the contest for the fiestas poster in the Optic a few weeks ago. I decided to enter. Times are tough, and winning a contest would be a blessing as I am in a rut right now. I painted my piece and went to the Arts Council and submitted it with my contact information.

    The woman who is in charge and runs the Arts Council was not there at the time, but there was another lady who was accepting submissions for her.