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Editorials

  • 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.

  • So long, Christmas break

    When we get to the start of school each August, teachers and administrators understandably groan with catching up on the lost retention from 12 weeks or so of no coursework, no continuity.

    Yet, when it comes to the winter break, taking two full weeks or more to celebrate Christmas and New Years Day seem like a small price to pay for a vacation.

  • 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.