• Ethics reform needed

    Given the scandals that have rocked New Mexico over the past year, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that our state scored a D- in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation.

    The investigation — conducted by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. — assessed how each state’s laws and practices deter corruption, promote transparency and enforce accountability.

  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 13, 2015
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    Last Friday, just one day before the East-West game, students from Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School met at the Bridge Street bridge and exchanged symbolic keys, a gesture aimed at showing unity. We applaud the students who took part and everyone who organized the event for showing the community that it’s possible to be rivals on the field and friends off it.


  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 11, 2015
  • Thank you, veterans

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial first appeared in the Optic last Veterans Day.

    “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
    — President Harry S. Truman

    Those words — chiseled into stone and on display at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., — are just as true today as they were when President Truman said them nearly 70 years ago.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 8, 2015
  • 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