• We’ll miss you, Senator Pete

    Nearly everyone who grew up in New Mexico in the 70s, 80s or 90s has at least one Pete Domenici story.

    Whether having met the six-term U.S. senator in person, or simply having been involved with one of the many programs he sponsored, helped pass or touted, it would be tough to not a have someone who holds such a high office affect your life.

  • You can’t assign someone to care


    Caring — specifically about how well public servants are serving their fellow New Mexicans and if our tax dollars are being used wisely and according to established laws and rules — can’t be taught to anyone.

    It’s an innate interest and enthusiasm that comes from wanting the best for every student, every citizen and every visitor to the area. That kind of caring is one of the many attributes Mercy López-Acosta brought to the Optic during her seven-year stint as a full-time reporter and features editor.

  • Monument removal requires order

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    The recent violent conflict in Charlottesville, Va. has reignited an old, ongoing debate: How appropriate are public displays that commemorate the Confederacy?

    Some have attempted to answer the question in a most inappropriate way: by taking matters into their own hands -- tearing down statues and defacing monuments. That’s vandalism and mob rule.

  • We’re obsessed with science — sometimes

    Science teachers and college professors everywhere might have been delighted to see how much American interest there was in the recent solar eclipse. Between class involvement, travel of great distances to get to the best viewing spots and widespread dialogue about proper eye protection, the desire to experience and learn from a natural phenomenon is encouraging.

    However, if, during upcoming budget cycles and hearings or conferences, it would be great if many not directly in the science world would stick up for its importance.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 1, 2017

    Even better than looking at the recent solar eclipse through plastic lenses was the chance of hundreds of area folk to see it up close and in more detail.

  • Wear the liberal label — proudly

    The following editorial, by Jose Mike Jimenez, was recently published in the Roswell Daily Record.

    I received an email shortly after last week’s column came out and was accused of being a liberal, a socialist and of supporting past legislation known as Obamacare.

    First of all, if giving voice to those who have no voice makes me a liberal, then I suppose the title fits. I was also told I was no patriot when in fact I have served my country during a time of war.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 27, 2017
  • Let LVPD staff coach sports

    If you go into any kindergarten classroom, you will hear young kids talking about wanting to grow up to be police officers and firefighters. But due to recent action by city government officials, many of those children will only meet law enforcement officers in times of emergency instead of having them coach their teams.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 25, 2017

    Since the recent resignation of Luna Community College President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, there has been a lot of silence among board members as to how Sanchez is being replaced.

    Most public boards make the selection through a search committee.

  • Women really are wired differently

    John Stossel is the author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails ­— But Individuals Succeed.”

    Why aren’t there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1. We male stutterers outnumber women, too.

    This isn’t fair! We need more affirmative action! These disparities must be caused by sex discrimination because everyone knows there are no real differences between genders.