• Why make such hay of sports?

    Why make such a big deal out of a high school varsity team winning a state championship?

    Is it because with all the fear, doubt and despair in the world at any given moment, we cling to the achievements on a court or field, which cannot be disputed?

    Or is a respite from “adulting” that allows us to rejoice in the calm and peace that comes from watching young people running and competing, and, for the most part, having a great time?

  • #meToo: Men can just listen

    In 2003, filmmaker Michael Moore spoke to an enthusiastic, supportive crowd, mostly University of New Mexico students, at Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall. He took some questions, including one about abortion.

    Moore opined that he regularly “exercises his right shut the (expletive) up,” and lets women make their own decisions about their bodies and physical and mental health.

    There are plenty of helpful tasks men can complete to help further the“#MeToo” movement. One of those tasks is to be quiet and listen.

  • The ‘N’ in NRA sure doesn’t stand for ‘New Mexico’

    There seem to be two main parts to the National Rifle Association: the rank and file, who are enthusiasts and enjoy hunting and other responsible ways of owning and using firearms, and the elite leadership of the organization, which enjoys politicking and making profitable, passionate speeches.

    That elite class of NRA leadership doesn’t serve its membership well — least of all, gun owners in rural northern New Mexico.

  • Picking from two extremes

    A recent political cartoon, published in New Mexico’s largest newspaper, seems to have stirred up more discussion, fallout and venom than nearly all the cartoons published during the unprecedentedly brutal 2016 election cycle.

  • Councilor should resign, educate

    We’ve all heard some type of drunk-driving statistics, and most of us have been affected by a crash and/or case involving someone we know. We blame politicians, parents poverty, and lack of substance-abuse resources — but we only seem to make it a big deal for short periods, after it comes up in a visible way.

    Las Vegas City Councilor David A. Ulibarri Jr. has a chance to make it a big deal — in perhaps a positive way.

  • Parents, we get it — it’s scary

    News about the extent of Michigan gymnastic coach’s abuse, during his recent trial and sentencing hearings, is undoubtedly going to fuel the already high level of vigilance many parents have toward social activities and which adults are engaging or communicating with their children.

    We get it. And, in most cases, parents will have very solid reasons for going perhaps much further in the direction of caution than most of us, including other parents, anticipated.

  • Voting always matters

    Some Americans tell journalists and fellow citizens that our votes don’t matter, that our capitals and our leaders are bought and paid for. However, there are a lot of reasons to vote in all U.S. elections.
    Voting isn’t for everyone; just those of us who want to help preserve democracy for future generations, and take advantage of an opportunity protected for them by the sacrifice of millions over the past few centuries.

  • N.M. needn’t be the ‘last in line’

    Most anyone who followed heavy metal in 1984 is probably familiar with Ronnie James Dio’s hit song “The Last in Line.”

    While the lyrics are clearly in line with Dio’s mythology and talk of angels and devils, “The Last in Line,” in particular, could be used to describe New Mexico’s place in history and American sociology.

    The lyrics could also describe where New Mexico is, psychologically.

  • The media doesn’t hate the players

    The sports slogan about hating the game and not the players gets lost when talking about politics; so much campaigning and party-line talk is geared toward generating dislike of specific individuals, rather than policies, situations or ideas.

  • Our 2018 resolutions: Same as it ever was

    New Year’s resolutions often have much to do with healthy living. The Optic’s resolutions won’t change much from before, but are more a renewed vow to keep balance in the discussion.

    You might think that you don’t recall seeing Optic New Year’s resolutions in the past. Perhaps you hadn’t, and we didn’t make any in some years, but our resolve has always been the same: to provide balanced, interesting coverage of people, events and places that matter to San Miguel and Mora county readers.