• Editorial: Pet ordinance needs a tweak

    Much work has gone into the proposed pet ordinance that the San Miguel County Commission will take up on Tuesday.
    For too long, San Miguel County has been the Wild West on animal welfare issues, with irresponsible pet owners allowing their dogs to run amok without regard for the animal’s safety or the rights of their neighbors.

    While the county already has a pet ordinance in place, it lacks teeth. The proposed ordinance changes that, imposing progressive fines and even criminal sanctions to encourage compliance.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 8, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Houston Chronicle. On automatic voter registration (Oct. 30):

    Voting rights: A system to automatically register people to vote is exactly what we need in Texas
    For those of us who have grown accustomed to the red-versus-blue wars about the act of voting in recent years, it may come as a surprise to realize that voter registration is nowhere enshrined in the Constitution.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 6, 2015

    MainStreet de Las Vegas and Executive Director Cindy Collins have done it again. The organization has been awarded a $50,000 planning grant to help renovate and reinvigorate the Railroad District. The grant will provide MainStreet with $50,000 worth of services from a team of landscape architects, architects and design professionals. The grant is coming from the state Economic Development Department. We congratulate MainStreet de Las Vegas and Collins for their continued success and for their tireless work in improving our community.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 4, 2015
  • Editorial:Time to act on driver’s licenses

    It’s been entertaining to watch Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats in the state Legislature duke it out year after year over the governor’s desire to repeal the state law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses.

    But the time for political theatre is over.

  • Editorial cartoons - Nov. 1, 2015
  • Editorial: A sad state of affairs

    When the Optic broke the news that Mora Superintendent Charles Trujillo had faked his credentials in order to obtain his administrative license, Charles Goodmacher, a spokesman for the National Education Association New Mexico, asked a simple question:

    “If the allegations are true, who will hold them responsible for failing to demonstrate to the students of Mora, Luna Community College and NMHU the values of upholding high ethical and moral standards as required by our professional code of ethics?” he asked.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 30, 2015


  • Editorial Cartoon Oct. 28, 2015
  • Editorial: A fair compromise

    There’s no question that Dianna Duran violated the public trust.

    While serving as secretary of state, Duran funneled more than $13,000 from her campaign finance accounts into her personal accounts and then withdrew the money at casinos across the state. In an apparent effort to cover her tracks, Duran then proceeded to file false campaign finance reports with her own office, the very entity responsible for enforcing the state’s election and campaign finance laws.