• 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.

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 25, 2015
  • Editorial: A serious breach

    System failure. There is no other way to describe the massive breach at the state Public Education Department that allowed one of its employees to walk away with four educator licenses based on a faked transcript and embellished work experience.

    This newspaper broke the story about Charles Trujillo’s deceptions in last Sunday’s edition, and our findings have led to the launching of two separate investigations, one by PED and the other by New Mexico Highlands University. PED officials have also brought state police into the matter.

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  • Doing the right thing

    Saturday will mark the second anniversary of the deaths of Cochise Bayhan, 56, and Alex Montoya, 61, two boarding home patients who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the backyard shed where they were being housed.

    Denise A. Encinias, 42, and Jose Encinias, 49, the operators of the “boarding home” had been scheduled to stand trial for those deaths this week. Just days before that trial was to have begun, the couple entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. They each pleaded no contest to two counts of neglect of a resident resulting in death, second degree felonies.

  • Finally, a good debate

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The New York Times and was originally published on Oct. 14.

    It was impossible not to feel a sense of relief watching the Democratic debate after months dominated by the Republican circus of haters, ranters and that very special group of king killers in Congress. For those despairing about the future of American politics, here was proof that it doesn’t have to revolve around candidates who pride themselves on knowing nothing or believe that governing is all about destroying government.