• ‘Duck and cover;’ and ‘Run, hide and fight’

    Some readers may remember a film released by the Civil Defense in 1951. When a monkey lobs a lighted dynamite stick his way, Bert the Turtle knows to “Duck and Cover.”

    The rest of the film shows school children hiding under desks and cafeteria tables in case a light brighter than you’ve ever seen before appears.

    If adults aren’t around, we see older boys showing how to duck in a corridor. So where are the older girls?

  • Handling the seasons of your life

    By Rick Kraft

    Today, you are in a season of your life. Previous seasons are in the rearview mirror and new seasons are ahead of you out your front window. The past seasons are fixed in time, future seasons are an unknown.

    I grew up enjoying music by Fleetwood Mac and enjoyed seeing them perform in person a couple of years ago.

    They have a song entitled “Landslide” that asks the important question each of us must ask, “Can I handle the seasons of my life?”

  • Hispanics had varying roles in World War II

    By Maurilio Vigil

    Hispanics, as a group, were widely represented among the American soldiers, sailors and women in the armed forces during World War II. Unlike African-Americans and others, Hispanics were fully integrated into all branches of the military and thus were active in most campaigns and battles in the various theatres of the war.

  • Think of Palestinians as fellow human beings

    By Alan Wicks

    Many Optic readers will be familiar with the picture of a young girl being walked away from the camera by two Israeli police as it appeared numerous times on Facebook. Her face is turned towards the camera and she appears composed and mature.

  • Opioid lawsuits abound, hit close to home

    The opioid epidemic is being litigated big-time.

    Here in Santa Rosa, in Guadalupe County, both county and city officials have been approached by attorneys about suing the pharmaceutical industry for saturating the nation with their painkillers and downplaying their addictive qualities.

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is building a case to represent not only the state but all localities around the state. But these days they are having to sell their representation to local officials.

  • Don’t end it with a 'prop' -osition

    As my wife, Bonnie, and I read Sunday’s Optic, she said, “Did you notice the grammatical error in one of the articles?” As a comma chaser for much of my life,

    I became curious.She said that some people misuse words because they sound much like other words. She said she notices when people use “aggravated” when they mean “irritated.”We noted how pe

  • The 2018 session and priorities moving forward

    Although the 2018 legislative session has ended and campaign season has begun in earnest, the legislature’s work is not done yet.

    The results of the session allow us to intelligently plan for the future and fully vet priority issues that will improve life for all New Mexicans.

  • City/acecquia arrangement ‘es un desmadre’

    By Ray Gallegos

    I abhor individuals with 20/20 hindsight. I am writing this article before everyone starts blaming and pointing fingers in order to avert responsibility.

    I have written a series of opinion pieces  regarding the survival of the Acequias and the management of the Rio Gallinas Basin.

    I believe there will soon be nothing left to say on this matter. Las Vegas and the surrounding region have not had any measurable precipitation in more than 90 days and faces the worst inevitable drought in more than 50 years.

  • Which table do you choose to sit at?

    By Rick Kraft

    You arrive by yourself at a dinner you planned to attend. You walk into a fairly large room with maybe 40 tables. Most of them are partially filled. You do not have an assigned seat so you look across the room and you see a diverse group of people already sitting at the tables.

  • Rounding up some notable municipal election results

    There were a lot of interesting outcomes in last week’s municipal elections, all over the state. I thought the one I covered up close and personally was exceptional, but it turns out there were plenty of others.