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Editorials

  • Americans oppose churches in politics

    The core principle of the Johnson Amendment should be preserved. 

    With several bills active this month in Congress that would allow churches even more freedoms within politics than we have now, the Optic urges its readers to contact representatives and U.S. senators and help keep our elections from getting even more muddled, partisan and filled with money flying in all directions.

  • What should we teach millennials?

    There’s plenty of data and opinion in the world today about what millennials are like and how to market to them. 

    More consideration should be given to what to teach them so they don’t make the same mistakes we made — either mistakes of commission or errors of omission.

  • Why charge for Las Vegas news?

    Recently, the Optic has received a number of questions about why we charge for our online content.

  • Hey, lawmakers: ‘Dreamers’ are contributors

    Discussions about “Dreamers” — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients — should include the fact that these young people are paying customers, both when they begin their education in the U.S. and after they graduate.

    The Optic Editorital Board applauds the San Miguel County Commission’s recent effort to support DACA legislation, and we implore state lawmakers Tomás Salazar and Pete Campos, as well as U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, to do the same.

  • Don’t forget to scream it

    There are a ton of serious issues to tackle in the world. We should tackle as many as we can, collectively and individually, and we should take some time to have some fun once in a while.

    Judging by how hard some folks “work” at having a good time, it isn’t necessary to remind them to stop and have fun. For the rest, we let them know it’s very important to pursue where their tax money goes — but it’s also important to think about Dokken.

  • Editorial: How many guns do we need?

    Every time a derranged person — usually a male — notches some type of new low in terms of casualties in a mass shooting, it’s tempting to look at economics, weapons laws and mental health coverage for gaps and loopholes.

    It’s time to start looking at the sheer volume of weapons we are putting into circulaiton.

  • Albuquerque mayor: a critical race for our state

    The role of mayor of Albuquerque probably shouldn’t be that important to Las Vegas and hundreds of other small New Mexico communities — but it is.

    Crime prevention has certainly been a core issue in New Mexico for many years, especially within the past decade or so. However, there are many economic and policy questions that will need to be addressed by the next mayor that affect how Las Vegas, San Miguel County and the rest of the state do business — and how the state’s citizens make decisions and choices.

  • Optic Editorial:Relief work can be done here, too

    There are plenty of charitable causes in the 505 and 575 area codes.

    If there are resources available to send people and/or supplies to the Gulf Coast for hurricane relief, there are dollars and man hours and cans of beans to donate to Las Vegas — or at least within New Mexico.

  • 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

    Editorial

    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.