• Case merits more probing

    Ten months after the Optic broke the story about former Mora superintendent Charles Trujillo faking his credentials in order to obtain his educator licenses, the 43-year-old is finally facing criminal charges.

    Prior to taking high-paying jobs as associate superintendent of the Pecos school district and later as Mora’s superintendent, Trujillo served as the chief of the state Public Education Department’s Professional Licensure Bureau, the department in charge of issuing educator licenses and ensuring that New Mexico educators have the proper credentials.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 10, 2016

    A 52-year -old man is facing multiple felonies after he allegedly carjacked someone near San Felipe casino and then led a state police officer on a chase on northbound Interstate 25. William Wilson was shot by the officer in San Miguel County. His gunshot wound isn’t life-threatening. It’s a blessing that no one else was injured or killed. Wilson deserves his day in court, but if he is found guilty, the judge presiding over his case should throw the book at him.


  • Death with dignity gaining favor

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune and was first published on Aug. 8.

    California has become the fourth state in the union to pass a law allowing assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Since 1997, when the concept was first codified in Oregon state law, it has become known as “aid in dying” and many people have traveled there to take advantage of the opportunity.

  • Editorial Thumbs - Aug. 5, 2016


  • Editorial: When guilty isn't guilty

    Just when you thought the saga of Roberta Vigil and her infamous “Bilingual Bashes” was over, she applies for a seat on the West Las Vegas School Board, reigniting the controversy.

    The news that Vigil had applied for the board seat raised a lot of eyebrows, in large part due to the fact that a Santa Fe jury in 2009 found her guilty of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, a felony, for misusing public funds while working as the bilingual coordinator for the West school district.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 31, 2016
  • Editorial: Old ghost creates unity

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan, Yankton, South Dakota and was initially published July 25.

    In this age of hostile political division in America, there has emerged a small island of shocking common ground between the two political parties.

  • Editorial Roundup - July 31, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    LNP newspapers of Pennsylvania on why hacking of Democratic National Committee emails should worry everyone (July 27):

    There is something truly terrifying in the Democrats’ latest chapter of “Email for Dummies.”

  • Editorial Cartoon: July 29, 2016
  • Thumbs - July 29, 2016