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Editorials

  • Holding NSA accountable

    We’ve made no secret about our concerns that the federal government has been overstepping its constitutional authority in the way it collects data on all Americans.

    On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans telephone records probably violates the U.S. Constitutions ban on unreasonable searches. And the judge took things a step further, saying that the federal government failed to cite even one instance in which the controversial program stopped an imminent terrorist attack.

  • Resignation was justified

    It’s unfortunate to see an elected official forced out of office before the end of his term, but in the case of Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza it is long overdue.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 13, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A GENEROUS DONATION
    Southwest Capital Bank is donating $3,500 to the Mora schools for its mariachi program. The money will go a long way toward the $5,000 needed to complete the group’s uniforms. We’re glad to see a local business stepping up and helping its neighbors.

    THUMBS DOWN! A SENSELESS TRAGEDY

  • Comeback Cardinals

    Congratulations to the Robertson High School Cardinal football team and coach Leroy Gonzalez for an amazing end to what started off as a difficult season.

    The team began the season as an underdog, suffering a bruising 50-0 loss to St. Mike’s, and losses to Portales and Taos. Indeed, the Cards entered the playoffs with a No. 9 seed and a 5-5 record.

    In short, Robertson wasn’t expected to get very far in the playoffs, and it certainly wasn’t predicted to walk away with the Class 3A state championship.

  • Where’s the tree?

    It’s two weeks before Christmas and there’s still no tree at the old Safeway parking lot. What gives?

    In years past, the city had the tree up before Thanksgiving. This year the city appears to be in no hurry to put it up, and that’s disappointing because the tree had become a tradition and something many of us look forward to.

  • An amazing legacy

    Invictus

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 6, 2013

    THUMBS UP! CITY POLICE OFFICERS GET RAISES
    It may have taken five months to get there, but the city administration and the city police union have finally reached agreement on a contract that gives officers hourly raises of 75 cents. Like firefighters, police put their lives on the line every day, and we’re glad that the city has found the money to increase their pay. A 75-cents-per-hour raise may not seem like a lot, but it amounts to $1,560 a year.

    THUMBS UP! ADMITTING A MISTAKE

  • Another bizarre twist

    We are troubled by the revelation last week that the state Human Services Department altered a behavioral health audit report to remove a conclusion that auditors found “no credible allegations of fraud” in a review of 15 providers under investigation.

    State Auditor Hector Balderas stumbled onto the alteration recently while comparing the audit report he was given with a heavily redacted audit report released last month by Attorney General Gary King.

  • Go, Cardinals!

    By Optic Editorial Board

    As the visiting team, the Robertson High School Cardinals have been defeating the opposition ­— getting revenge over teams they previously lost to. They’ve won over St. Mikes, and more recently, Taos. This Saturday, Dec. 7, they will host Silver in the state finals.

    Here’s hoping another state football championship is heading this way for the Cardinals.
     

  • Toughen standards

    By Optic Editorial Board

    By its very nature, college isn’t — or ought not be — for everybody, and for those who complete a college degree, it’s an honor and a valuable tool for future financial success.

    Accordingly, one means to finance a course of study in college, in any of New Mexico’s state-supported institutions of higher learning, has been provided by the Lottery Scholarships, available to new freshmen.