https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Primary Election letter deadline https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/primary-election-letter-deadline <p> 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.</p> <p> Letters received after this time will be published after the June 5 election.</p> The ultimate sacrifice for our country https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/ultimate-sacrifice-our-country <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kraftrick_25.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> <em>By Rick Kraft</em></p> <p> 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.</p> <p> Memorial Day is a Federal holiday to remember the people who died while serving in our country&rsquo;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.</p> We need more Constitutional amendments https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/we-need-more-constitutional-amendments <p> It&rsquo;s common these days to invoke the U.S. Constitution &mdash; including its amendments &mdash; and even the intent of the &ldquo;founding fathers&rdquo; as rationale for why certain provisions of law should be changed or upheld.</p> <p> The digital age allows for easy research of what has actually been written by scholars and our most revered early leaders on various subjects.</p> Yes, absolutely, Girls Can! in Las Vegas https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/yes-absolutely-girls-can-las-vegas <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/urechbeth_13.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>By Beth Urech</em></p> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> Do Palestinian lives matter? https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/do-palestinian-lives-matter <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pearson_bob.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="79" height="85" /><p> <em>By Bob Pearson</em></p> <p> As of May 17, the Israeli Defense Forces, operating at the 1949 armistice line between Israel and Gaza, have killed over 100 Palestinians and injured many thousands.</p> <p> This was the Israeli response to largely nonviolent protests marking the 50th anniversary of the Nakba, the &ldquo;catastrophe,&rdquo; when Palestinians were driven from their homes and land. &nbsp;</p> <p> The demonstrations also protested the intolerable living conditions imposed by Israel&rsquo;s blockade for the last 11 years.</p> Letters to the Editor, Sunday, May 27, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/letters-editor-sunday-may-27-2018 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/letters_editor_7.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>End Alzheimer&rsquo;s</strong><br /> Living with the scourge of Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease and dementia can be especially difficult in New Mexico, and yet, 38,000 New Mexicans live with Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease and dementia today.</p> <p> Many face challenges of living in rural and isolated communities without healthcare support or services. The disease consumes them and those who care for them in the cruelest way. This underscores the growing public health crisis of Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease in our state.</p> Thumbs: Our high-country lowdown on the news, May 25, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/thumbs-our-high-country-lowdown-news-may-25-2018 <p> <strong>THUMBS DOWN: HIRE QUALIFIED CITY STAFF, QUICKLY</strong></p> <p> Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurul&eacute;-Gir&oacute;n seemed to have a point in delaying the appointment of permanent replacements for the city directors after several vacancies arose within the past six months. However, those delays were only meant to take into account Council seat changes from the March 6 election.</p> Brotherly banter and what families do https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/brotherly-banter-and-what-families-do <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mcdonaldtom.image__28.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> MEMPHIS, Tenn. &mdash; Ah, family. Two dozen of them on this night, at a housewarming for my daughter and son-in-law Amy and Jae in their new home.</p> <p> Having a big family is such a blessing. And, sometimes, a burden.<br /> There he is, my brother Don, being himself. He&rsquo;s my socially stunted and politically incorrect brother, who&rsquo;s also a father, grandfather and licensed psychiatrist with an opinion on everything. He can be insulting and offensive and overbearing in his conversations with people.</p>