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Editorials

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 15, 2013

    THUMBS UP! STATEWIDE ATTENTION. It’s easy in these parts to become self-absorbed in Las Vegas’ water problems, but we need to remember we’re not the only ones suffering from such circumstances. The entire state is facing a bleak long-range outlook, stemming from a prolonged drought as well as a legal battle with Texas over New Mexico’s dwindling water supply.

  • Saturdays should stay

    The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to stop Saturday delivery mail — except for packages and to post office boxes — may sound practical, even necessary, but it’s not. Sure, the Postal Service has been facing some tough times, but what’s needed is a change of policy rather than a cut in services.

    Last week, USPS announced that it’s planning to cut back to weekday deliveries only to save money. “Our financial condition is urgent,” Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told The Associated Press. “Things change.”

  • The latest outrage

    The nearly four-year-old Clayton Jay Quintana case has been, for many, one outrage after another. The latest is that even though he’s a convicted sex offender, and has to register as one, the law exempts him from having his name, photo and other information on the state’s sex offender website.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 8, 2013

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME THE NEW CEO. Kathleen Cahill, a New Mexico native with more than three decades experience in the health care industry, is the new chief executive a Alta Vista, succeeding Maridel Acosta, who left for Roswell after two years here.
    Cahill comes up to the northern part of the state after administrative positions in Las Cruces and Roswell. Here’s hoping for her success here in the Meadow City.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 8, 2013
  • Forward progress

    Now that voters have made their leadership selections for school districts around the state, let’s turn our attention to something those leaders will need to face in the months and years ahead.

  • The school elections

    Tuesday’s a big day for area schools. It’s election day. At stake is who will lead the districts in Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos and elsewhere into the future.

    At this juncture, we have two hopes: One is that you’ll take the time, if you haven’t already, to cast your ballot. The other is that the Optic, through its reporting, has helped to inform and prepare you to make the most responsible decisions regarding the contested races for school board positions and bond requests that the districts are placing before you.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 1, 2013

    THUMBS UP! WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT? It’s long been a dream for all sorts of Las Vegas and area residents — to re-create the Montezuma Skating Pond — and a recent meeting breathed new life into the idea. Las Vegas City Council member Joey Herrera, and about a dozen people, including other city officials, the United World College and some Montezuma residents, are getting serious about reopening the pond to ice skating.

  • Tale of two presidents

    Last week, two presidential contracts were approved by the governing bodies of Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University. Luna President Pete Campos got a one-year extension to his contract and Highlands President Jim Fries has three more years. Campos is good through June 2014 and Fries through June 2016.

    It’s no surprise there were stark differences between the public discussions about and the decisions made regarding each of their contracts. Campos and Fries are very different people, as are their bosses’ politics.

  • Shame on the EPA

    Did you catch the Associated Press story out of Weatherford, Texas, on Page 2 of our Jan. 21 edition? It’s a frightening story for anyone who lives near a hydraulic fracturing operation, partly because of the potential contamination to their water supply, but also because it suggests that you can’t trust the government to stand firm and do its job even when the health and safety of your family is at stake.