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Editorials

  • Voters can take some blame for Luna’s issues

    In  a closely contested March 2013 election, Daniel Romero and Richard Rivera were tied after regular ballots had been tallied for the District 7 Luna Community College Board of Trustees seat.

  • Hey, legislators: Opioids, meth are not talking points

    It would be tough to pick out one single issue that is somehow more important than others for the 2017 New Mexico Legislature to address.

    However, if the legislature can attack opioids and methamphetamines with meaningful bills on this front that Gov. Susana Martinez will sign, the Optic Editorial Board will gladly accept this as a top priority.

  • Don't curse at the refs

    The Robertson High School football team has hosted five regular-season and two playoff games this fall. Each officiating crew has undoubtedly missed at least a few calls in each of those seven contests. 

    The next time a football game is played anywhere, officials are probably going to miss a few more calls. Let’s stop turning those situations into new, worse ones by cursing out the refs.

  • 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.