https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Work of Art: Paying for grades https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/work-art-paying-grades <p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 10px;">&quot;This was a gift,&rdquo; the headline in the New York Daily News blurted out in reference to the hand-slap penalty a judge imposed on Felicity Huffman, who was a major player in a pay-for-grades scandal that allowed the soap-opera actress to buy her daughter&rsquo;s way into a good college.</span></p> <p class="p3"> Huffman, the wife of actor William Macy, had her day in court last week. The judge fined the &ldquo;Desperate Housewives&rdquo; actress for her part in buying her daughter&rsquo;s way into a prestigious college.</p> Letters to the Editor 9/15/19 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/letters-editor-91519 <p> &nbsp;<b style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; text-align: center;">Bicycle riders have rights too</b></p> <p class="p2"> Today I decided to not ride my bicycle. Yesterday morning I was cut off by a motorist who was angling for a prized spot in front of two crossing guards in front of the Our Lady of Sorrows school. I almost crashed.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> Vegas Verdes: Our Gallinas River https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/vegas-verdes-our-gallinas-river <p> Submitted by the Gallinas River Park Collaborative</p> Beth speaks for herself: Seven houses on Seventh Street https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/beth-speaks-herself-seven-houses-seventh-street <p> By Beth Urech</p> <p> <span class="s1" style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 43.5px; text-align: justify;">S</span><span style="font-family: Palatino; text-align: justify; font-size: 10px;">even houses have been sold on Seventh Street this year. When I stand on my front porch (which still doesn&rsquo;t have a railing), I cannot actually see all the houses, but I know exactly where they are located south of me: three houses on the east and four houses on the west side. Welcome, neighbors!</span></p> Just a thought: Mother Teresa: small things with great love https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/just-thought-mother-teresa-small-things-great-love <p> Editorial: Preventing exploratory mining is the right call https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-preventing-exploratory-mining-right-call <p> W<span style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 11px;">e believe the San Miguel County Commissioners did the responsible thing at this week&rsquo;s meeting, as they took steps toward preventing outside groups from mining for precious metals in the area.</span><span class="Apple-converted-space" style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 11px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Dispatch New Mexico: Torres Small and rural access to health care https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/dispatch-new-mexico-torres-small-and-rural-access-health-care <p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 10px;">From 1981 through 2018, the Republican Party controlled the 2nd Congressional District seat in southern New Mexico, with one brief exception. In 2008, when Rep. Steve Pearce opted not to seek a fifth term (running unsuccessfully for the Senate instead), Democrat Harry Teague won the election.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">But then Pearce returned to re-run and re-take the seat two years later, for what turned out to be four more terms in Congress.</span></p> Thumbs 9/13/2019 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/thumbs-9132019 <p class="p1"> <span class="s1"><b>LUNA BOARD CAMPAIGNS</b></span></p>